Forfar Pipe Band Playing Bagpipes Music On History Visit To Cortachy Castle Garden In Angus Scotland

Tour Scotland 4K travel video of Forfar and District Pipe Band playing bagpipes music on visit to Cortachy Castle Gardens in Angus. The castle and its surrounding garden were bought by Lord Ogilvy from a kinsman in 1625 and his son, the first Earl of Airlie moved there from Airlie Castle. Since then Cortachy has been the home of the Ogilvies. Spelling variations of this family name include: Ogilvie, Ogilvy, Oguilvie, Ogilby, Ogleby and many more. Notable amongst the Clan was Saint John Ogilvie, born 1579, died 1615, a Jesuit priest, and a cadet of Ogilvy of Findlater, who was arrested and hanged at Glasgow Cross for his defence of the spiritual supremacy of the papacy. He was beatified. Although the bagpipes are widely assumed to be a Scottish invention, they actually have a lengthy history. Their origin is widely disputed, with their use dating back centuries, with references to them existing in Rome and Egypt. When the Roman's brought the bagpipes to Scotland, more than 2000 years ago the Scot's added the third pipe, making the famous wind instrument their own.. Bagpipes have several parts including the air supply blowpipe, the bag, the chanter, the chanter reed, and the drone or drones. The chanter is the melody pipe which can be played by the piper, while the drone or drones provide a constant note. The bagpipe can play nine notes, from G to A; however, there are no sharps or flats, so there is no need for a key signature. The bagpipes have a bag that holds air. The player keeps the bag full of air by blowing into it with a tube or pumping it with a bellows. To make music, the bag is pressed and the air comes out through a kind of flute or chanter. There are usually one or more other tubes coming from the bag that make sounds whenever the bag is squeezed, called drones. Each drone normally plays a different note, and stays on the same note the whole time it is playing, to play a harmony with the chanter. The sounds are made by a single or, more commonly, double reed which vibrates when air is blown over it. Bagpipes have been in continuous use across Europe, and especially in Great Britain, Ireland and North-Western Spain. In Bulgaria, the bagpipes are called a Gaida. Although there are not many bagpipes today that existed prior to the 1800s there are a few examples that suggest they have existed since ancient times. A sculpture that dates to 1000 BC shows bagpipes. Other references to the bagpipes exist in written form dating to the 2nd century AD. The Great Highland Bagpipe or Piob Mhor, is an instrument with opposing harsh shrills and graceful tones, meant to be played outdoors, in the open countryside and it is well suited in inspiring Scotsmen, and women, on the field of battle and in the aftermath, mourning the fallen, or celebrating victory. Through history, pipers are remembered for being mortally or seriously wounded the latter whilst continuing to play in the face of adversity. Of interest to folks with ancestry, genealogy or Scottish Family Roots in Scotland who may wish to visit one day. Find things to see and do in Scotland where you are always welcome. All photographs are copyright of Sandy Stevenson, Tour Scotland, and may not be used without permission.

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