Kinnaird Bagpipes Newsletter

Jan 2016 

in this issue
:: News
:: Upcoming Events
:: Featured Article
:: Scottish Humor
:: Video Clip
Last month's survey question: 
Have you ever been passed down a set of bagpipes from a family member? If so, what did you do with them? 
No, I haven't been passed down any bagpipes 74.6%
Yes, I kept them & play them regularly 14.9%
Yes, I kept them, but haven't played them 3.0%
Yes, I kept them for a while, then passed them to someone else 3.0%
Yes, but I sold them 0%
Other 4.5%

This month's survey question:          
Have you ever attended a Burns' Night/Supper?  If yes, what was your favorite part?

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Kinnaird Bagpipes is celebrating our 15th Anniversary in 2016! 
Stay tuned for our celebratory promotions throughout the year!

Kinnaird Bagpipes is also proud to Sponsor Field Marshal Montgomery in 2016.

Featured Item:  
Adult Starter Kit
Includes McCallum PC4 practice chanter, NPC tutor book and Walsh pc reed. Everything you need to get started learning the bagpipes!
Adult starter kit

Pipe Bands
Most products are eligible for quantity discounts!  Ask us for quotes!
Chanters, Drone Reeds, Drum Sticks, Highland Dress, etc.

US customers- Save Now! The exchange rate offers about 25% discount!
Ex.: McCallum AB4 Bagpipes are $1459 CAD, but with the conversion it is currently about $1036 USD*!!
*Please note that the exchange rate is constantly changing and exact exchange rate at time of purchase may vary.

Canadian Customers-
Save now! Shopping in US currency means about 25% premium on all products. Landed Canadian prices, mean savings!
McCallum AB4 Bagpipes from a US competitor are $1464 USD, which is about $2060 CAD!

Upcoming Events 

Jan 25 Robbie Burns Day

Jan 27 96th Highlanders Scotch Tasting

Feb 1 St Bridget's Day

Feb 2 Candlemas Day

Feb 14 Valentine's Day

Feb 15 Family Day- Kinnaird Bagpipes will be Closed

Featured Article
Whisky Smuggling

Despite its criminal aspect, whisky smuggling was seen as an honourable career in the late 18th and early 19th century. These smugglers had to be sly and creative in order to produce a small income and provide for the ever thirsty enthusiasts.

Many of the Scots living in these regions were crofters with very little money. Whisky became a form of payment used to pay tinkers for clothing and sold to land owners to pay rent. It became big business, employing many and involving most of the people in the area in some way. As incomes rose, people flocked to the border villages to be a part of it. City dwellers also took to this black market very quickly.

Authorities tried to get rid of illegal distilleries which only resulted in a better quality of Highland whisky and the smugglers quickly learned to better cover their tracks. They used small stills that could be taken apart quickly and sunk into the lochs to avoid detection. These stills produced a heavier whisky with more flavor than the lighter products from Lowland stills. People quickly took a liking to the new whisky.

Stills were built in caves and hillsides for concealment. They used long tunnels to distract authorities into thinking the source of the escaping still fire smoke was far away from the actual source. One area even introduced a warning system. If a tax collector was seen approaching, the people would hang their washing on the line as a signal. However, this system was not failproof, as some distillers were caught on Mondays, which were regular washing days. Occasionally, sly smugglers would tip off authorities to an old abandoned still to collect a recovery reward, using it to purchase copper for their own still.

This was not an easy or safe job. Rewards for turning in smugglers and stills increased and penalties rose. Smugglers began traveling in packs and carrying weapons. George Smith's Glenlivet whisky was the most sought after, forcing him to sleep with 2 guns for protection.

You can still travel many of the old smuggling trails today. Some companies, like the Glenlivet distillery, offer tours giving visitors the chance to explore the history of the smugglers.

Video Clip

"The Piano Guys" perform a Scottish cover of Rachel Platten's This is Your Fight Song with help from some pipers and drummers among the beautiful Scottish scenery.

Scottish Trivia

In 1329, Robert the Bruce asked on his deathbed that his heart be carried into battle since he could not go himself.  His burial site in Dunfermine Abbey was exhumed in 1818 and it was discovered that his ribs had been sawed through, suggesting that his heart was indeed taken.
It's believed that Sir James Douglas took the heart into battle and after he was killed, Sir William Keith brought it back and it was buried in Melrose Abbey.

Scottish Humour

Maître d'hôtel: 'Are you here for a special occasion?' 
Campbell: 'Aye, we won 3rd prize in the annual Robert Burns Contest, a haggis dinner for 2.'
Maître d'hôtel: 'What were the other prizes?'
Campbell: Second prize was a single haggis dinner, and, if you won 1st prize, you didnae have to eat the haggis.'
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Rauncie Kinnaird

Kinnaird Bagpipes

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Saskatoon, SK
S7J 5G7
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