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Kinnaird Bagpipes Newsletter

November 2014 

in this issue
:: Upcoming Events
:: News
:: Featured Article



Last month's survey question:            
Which brand of drums does your Pipe Band use? 

Premier 43.06%
Andante 29.17%
Pearl 15.28%
Other 12.49%

This month's survey question:          
If you could choose one Kinnaird product to find in your stocking or under your Christmas tree, what would it be? 

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Upcoming Events

Nov 11
Remembrance Day- Kinnaird Bagpipes will be closed
Remembrance Day
Nov 30
St Andrew's Day

Dec 24
Kinnaird Bagpipes will close at noon.

Dec 25-28
Kinnaird Bagpipes will be closed.

Jan 1
Kinnaird Bagpipes will be closed

See More Upcoming Events in our Events Calendar


 Now available:

Worlds 2014 CDs and DVDs

Don't forget to Like our Facebook Page and keep an eye out for upcoming Holiday Special Offers. 

 We have many great gift ideas for everyone on your list.  Bagpipes, electronic chanters, drum pads and sticks, maintenance items, Celtic Jewellery, Pocket watches, Guinness products, Instakilt towels, Pewter flasks & quaichs, and so much more!

Keep in mind that Special Order items can sometimes take a couple of weeks to arrive from our suppliers. Order early to ensure delivery before Christmas. 

Canadapost has provided these holiday mailing deadlines.  At this time of year there can be delays due to weather conditions, customs, and the excess amount of parcels and letters in the mailing system.  Plan ahead to make sure your orders arrive in time: 


Within Canada:

Expedited Parcel- Dec 18

Xpresspost- Dec 22


To the USA: 

Airmail/Expedited- Dec 8
Xpresspost- Dec 16


Airmail- Dec 1
Xpresspost- Dec 8 

Featured Article 

Pipers in War 

Pipers were present in clan battles nearly 3000 years ago and continue to be present in war today. There were pipers in both World Wars, the Gulf War, Desert Storm, the Boer War and more. 

The pipes were used as an incentive to battle, motivation for the troops, and intimidation of the enemy. They celebrated victories and mourned the fallen. Drums were used as a motivation and for communication. They signaled orders, tactical maneuvers, and firing of weapons.  


Pipers were not only soldiers, but morale boosters. Thousands of pipers died while playing their men into battle, as they could not carry a weapon and their pipes at the same time. This was a great act of bravery.


During the First World War, Canada sent overseas between 25 and 30 pipe bands. In many instances, unarmed pipers were the first "over the top" as they led the troops into several battles including Vimy Ridge.  They were also sent in as "stretch-bearers" to retrieve the wounded and dead. They often acted as "runners", bringing more ammunition and rations to the trenches or as transport individuals. 


Many Pipers were decorated for valor including Military Medals and Distinguished Conduct Medals. James Richardson, a piper for the 16th Battalion, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest honor of gallantry.


When they weren't out in battle, there were several piping tournaments held behind the lines.  On Dominion Day 1918, a Highland Gathering with all available pipe bands in the Allied Forces was attended by well over 500. After the final cease fire sounded, the pipes led the Canadian troops into Mons. 


During the Second World War, Highland Regiments were allowed to take 6 pipers overseas, but many medical orderlies and clerks of the highland units were also pipers. Again, the pipers doubled as stretcher bearers and provided first aid to the wounded. After many battles including Dieppe in 1942, many pipers were killed due to the risk of snipers and heavy machine gun fire while trying to attend the wounded. Some were also incarcerated by the Germans.  Many units decided to keep their pipers back and out of direct fire.  It was easier to find more medical orderlies than pipers.


Video Clip

In recognition of Remembrance Day, this video is for the

Product Reviews           Backpack Case



 Bagpipe Backpack Case 


"This case is fantastic for hauling pipes around games, on the subway, etc. It's a little tight for space, but pipes won't clank around inside with the velcro straps. Good price too!"

"The straps make it real easy to get around town on a bus!"




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Kinnaird Bagpipes

923 Emmeline Terrace

Saskatoon, SK
S7J 5G7
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