The Royal Scots Cap Badge


Lament For Angus MacPherson Of Invershin


Composed by the late Pipe Major Donald MacLeod, Lewis, to honour one of the great proponents of cèol mor in the late 19th to late 20th century


Angus Macpherson was the son of the famous Calum Piobaire who was a lynch-pin at a critical stage in the transmission of piobaireachd. Angus died in 1976 at age 98, two months short of his 99th birthday. His family line was of the Skye Macphersons. (Circa 1460, William Dubh MacLeod, VIIth of Harris and Dunvegan invited 30 fighting men with their families and led by a son of Cluny Macpherson to come to Skye where he granted them lands). The “Invershin” came from a hotel Angus operated for many years on the Shin River, Sutherland, until it burned down in 1950.


Angus was a fine piper, winner of many awards and honours including the Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting, Inverness. Angus attended more Northern Meetings as an attendee, a participant, and a judge more than anyone, ever. He first attended when he was about 12 and continued for 85 years. He was also a judge of piping for many, many years; his last outing as judge was when he was 98. He reluctantly gave up piping when he was in his nineties. In his autobiography he wrote that he wore out a first–class rug in his study as a result of marching back and forth, forth and back, while playing his pipe over the years.


He was contemporary with John MacDonald, Inverness, MacDougall Gillies, William MacLean, Robert Reid and his great friend Seton Gordon, naturalist, writer and piping judge. Seton Gordon and Macpherson were very frequently co–judges at piping events in Scotland.


The Queen pinned an M.B.E. on Angus Macpherson in 1969.


His wife was honored with what is acknowledged as one of the great reels, “Mrs. Macpherson of Invershin.”



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