In Traditional Gaelic Bagpiping, 1745 - 1945 (McGill-Queen's University Press, 1998, ISBN 0-7735-1541-0), author John G. Gibson addresses the question of the continuity of tradition in bagpiping and whether it is an example of the "invention of tradition" or whether there is a continuous development capable of being traced back to pre-Culloden days and where that continuity can be found.


Part One - Piping in the Eighteenth Centrury

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. The Roots of Jacobitism and the Disarming Act
  • 3. Policing the Gaelic Highlands after Culloden
  • 4. Postscript on the Disarming Act

Part Two - Military Piping, 1746 - 1783

  • 5. Military Piping in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
  • 6. Piping in Four Eighteenth Century Regiments
  • 7. Highland Pipers in the American Revolutionary War and in India

Part Three - Repertoire of Civilian and Military Pipers, ca. 1750 - 1820

  • 8. Exclusivity of Repertoiore: the Evidence Against
  • 9. The "Revival" of Ceol Mor
  • 10. Ceol Beag and Dance-Music Piping
  • 11. The Small-Pipe, the Quickstep, and the College

Part Four - Tradition and Change in the Old World and the New

  • 12. The Turning Point, 1790 -1850: Innovation and Conservatism in Scotland
  • 13. Influences on Piping in Nineteenth Century Nova Scota: the Middle Class, the Church, and Temperance
  • 14. Transition to Modern Piping in Scotland and Nova Scotia
  • 15. Highland Games and Competition Piping
  • 16. Traditional Pipers in Nova Scotia
  • 17. The Survival of Tradition in Nova Scotia

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