more on bagpipes
- View SourceWell, as mentioned, I have been perusing a copy of Francis
Collinson's _The Bagpipe: The History of a Musical Instrument_
(Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1975) obtained via inter-library loan.
Found some interesting bits, some of which I thought I'd share here.
"Two allusions to the bagpipe occur in the poem attributed to King
James I of Scotland (1424-37), "Peblis to the Play." These are in
The bagpype blew and thai out threw,
Out of the town's untold.
[They came out of the town in untold numbers at the sound of the
And in stanza XX:
With that, Will Swane cam sueitand out
Ane meikle miller man;
'Gif I sall dance, have done, lat se,
Blaw up the bagpype than,
The schamon's [salmon's] dance I mon begin.' "
Also Collinson refers to:
"Another late fourteenth- or early fifteenth-century allusion to the
instrument may be found in the last verse of William
Dunbar's 'Testament of Mr Andrew Kennedy':
I will nae Priests for me shall sing,
Dies illa, dies irae,
Nor zit [yet] nae Bells for me to ring,
Sicut semper solet fieri
Bot [only] a Bag-pyp to play a Spring
Et unum Ale-wyfe ante me
Instead of Torches for to bring,
Quator lagunas cervisiae...
Another anonymous fifteenth century Scots poem of 'Cockelbie's Sow'
has the lines, 'Clarus the lang pype/Playit on a bag-pype.' "
The latter quotes were from 'The Bannatyne MS' ed. W. Tod Ritchie,
Scottish Texts Society.
Considering that it is 1 am on Tuesday here, I'll post the rest later!