Paisley Herald and Renfrewshire Advertiser, 24 Oct 1868, page 6

 

How the bagpipes came into Scotland – The abominable characteristics of the bagpipes are not really Scotch, but French. How the bagpipers superceded the harp in Scotland has always been considered a mystery.  We believe it may be traced to French influence, and distinctly to the period of Mary Queen of Scots.  At all events, about that time, towards the close of the sixteenth century, the harp went out of fashion, and the bagpipe came in.  Is it unlikely that in the foreign train of Mary Stuart there may have been players of the national French cornemuse, or bagpipes, who managed to set a fashion which, for some reason or other, took root and has lasted ever since?

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