Atholl Highlanders

Pipe Major Bill Robertson explains how to play the march, Atholl Highlanders. For the bagpipe lesson on his website, Bill uses text, audio and video to explain the tune. He also provides the music sheet as a download. The composition of the tune is attributed to William Ross.Atholl Highlanders is suitable for the more advanced beginner and intermediate piper.


Listen to Bill's Audio Instruction for Atholl Highlanders
Pipe Major Bill Robertson's audio lesson for the bagpipe tune Atholl Highlanders

Download the Music Notation

Click to download the tune notation for Atholl Highlanders

Lesson Pointers for Inter-continental Gathering

Please remember the basic timing of the beat in compound march time that is: 1—2,3— as explained in the mp3 audio and video with attention particularly to the remainder of the upbeat 3— eighth note duration without dropping too soon onto the next beat as you go through the tune. There are two beats to the bar.

Clarity of execution is as important as ever. At first proceed slowly and correctly with repeated studied attention to any sections that appear to be strange or difficult.

Additional Information

The tune is attributed to William Ross that I take as the same William Ross as above who had a large collection of pipe music. The title of the tune relates to the Duke of Atholl’s private regiment the Atholl Highlanders that wears the Duke's tartan of Murray of Atholl.

Pipe Major William Ross (1823 - 1891)

Pipe Major William RossPipe Major William Ross (1823 - 1891)

William Ross - Scottish Piper/Pipemaker, replaced Angus MacKay as piper to Queen Victoria from 1854 until his death in 1891. (No relation to Willie Ross.) Hired Henry Starck to make bagpipes, who continued to make pipes after Ross' death. PM of the 42nd Highlanders, retired from active duty in 1883. 

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