Highland Bagpipes

Approx. Period: 1650 AD
Length: 0.60m Width: 0.40m

Because of their use for leading Highland regiments into battle, Bagpipes were regarded by the British government as a weapon of war. The bagpipes developed in many areas of Europe and Asia and were more widely adopted in the Highlands during the fifteenth and sixteenth century.

The Bagpipes illustrated have two drones, a chanter and a mouth piece. The instruments are carved from hardwood and set with ivory fittings. Later Great Pipes are fitted with an additional extended drone. The bellows from a pig bladder are covered in coarse braided cloth.