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#15 William Stirling

History Series: William Stirling was born in Scotland in 1933 and raised in a family with a strong commitment to piping. An uncle of the same name was an amateur champion and emerging prize winning professional piper, who unfortunately was killed in action in 1916 while serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. In the attached article (click below), the 1904 Center Bagpipes shown are now being played by Andrew Hayes of the Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band, see addendum for more on the pipes.

An extraordinarily accomplished piper, he made his most significant mark as a Pipe Major in the Canadian Army, with an important part to play in many of the military pipers who followed under his teachings at the Royal Military College that influenced a further generation of pipers and Officers in the Canadian Armed Forces.


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