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The Blind Piper's Obstinacy


Little is known about the origin of The Blind Piper's Obstinacy that is ascribed to Iain Dall MacKay. Here is one version (there is another that is based on the translation of the name of the tune from the Gaelic)


If indeed the composer was Iain Dall, the tune, The Blind Piper's Obstinacy may have been inspired by an incident during his young student days at Borreraig. His brilliance as a piping student far outstripped the capabilities of his fellow students. It was said of Iain that in his pipe playing “the pupil excels MacCrimmon”. When Iain was about 17 years of age, the envy of his fellow piping students grew to a point where they decided to destroy him. They forced blind young Iain to take a 20 foot leap off a rock, known to this day as ‘The Piper's Leap’. Fortunately, Iain was unharmed and lived to compose much great music and poetry over a very long life.


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