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17 Duncan Campbell, The piper of Newe, Prize Dirk
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17 Duncan Campbell, The piper of Newe, Prize Dirk

Duncan Campbell, The piper of Newe, Prize Dirk

The above pictures show:
1, Picture of Duncan Campbell
2. The Dirk or Skean Dhu mentioned above
3. The inscription on the Dirk or Skean Dhu
4. Duncan playing at Braemar in font of Queen Victoria with the Lonach men
5. Obituary on his death in 1860

Andreas Hartmann-Virnich has kindly sent the above photos of a Dirk or Skean Dhu, won by Duncan Campbell, Sir Charles Forbes piper, which he won at a Piping competition in Edinburgh in 1838

Third Prize
Given by
The Highland Society of London
To
Duncan Campbell
As being the third best performer
On the great Highland
Bagpipe
At the competition held
At Edinburgh
21st July 1838

Duncan Campbell, 1816-1860 had earlier been piper to the Duke of Atholl at Blair Castle in Perthshire, and had moved on because of castle gossip. He had copied out the manuscript for his new employer to whom it was supposedly inscribed: “Sir Charles Forbes of Newe, 21February 1853, Highland Bagpipe Music.” so presumably he came to Newe about that time.

After Newe, Duncan went south to become pipe major of the Edinburgh City Volunteers, but sadly he afterwards fell off a scaffold on which he was working in the city in 1860 and was killed.

Duncan competed at Edinburgh in 1838, being awarded 3rd prize; was again 3rd in 1844, just missing being second by one vote, Donald Cameron being first and John MacAllister, piper to the Duke of Sutherland, second. Supposed to be the composer of "Sir Charles Forbes' Farewell to Edinglassie," "Edinglassie House" (Jig), the "Edinburgh Volunteers' March," and a number of other good tunes. The last named is stated to be "Duncan Campbell's last" by Pipe Major A. MacKellar, 79th Highlanders, on the fly-leaf of a MS book dated 25th April, 1862, belonging to Norman MacSwayed, pipers, Highland Rifles Militia.

For more details about Duncan Campbells life click this link.

Andreas, who owns the dirk, is a collector of early (pre-Crimean-war) Scottish bagpipes and related objects and would be delighted to hear more about Duncan Campbell or any early pipers.

Picture added on 08 April 2016 at 14:44
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