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ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
The Pipe Band of the Inverness Branch, Royal British Legion Scotland owes it’s formation to the members of the Inverness Branch of the National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers, an association which was eventually incorporated in the British Legion on it’s formation in June 1921.
Much of the following information is extracted from the recorded minutes of that Association,
‘Minutes of a Special Meeting held on
Queen Marys House, 29,
Mr J Rowan Presiding,
Mr W Macleod Secretary,
Mr A Wight Treasurer.
The prospects of forming our Association Pipe and Drum Band
were intimated and more particulars are to be reported on at the
‘A special meeting of several members of the National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers,
Mr Rowan presided and declaring the meeting open, intimated the business they proposed dealing with. Mr Prince submitted a list of Pipers and Drummers and as he had more or less interviewed them all he had full hopes that the names on the list would all join this venture, it was agreed to form a Band.
The following appointments were made,
Pipe Major John Ross,
Proposed by W MacDonald,
Seconded by W Munro,
Drum Major J Fraser,
Moved by W Stewart, Huntly Street
Seconded by W Horne,
Band President W W MacDonald, Maryhill
Moved by W MacDonald,
Seconded by Drum Major J Fraser
Moved by Mr Robert Macleod
Seconded by Mr M Johnstone
The necessity of forming a Sub-committee to carry out formation arrangements was left to the Pipe Major to select two members also the Drum Major to select a similar number. The Pipe Major not being present Mr Prince undertook to call him and inform him of the meetings findings and to get from him his nominated members. Messrs McCallum and MacDonald,
The furnishing of instruments was considered. As the majority of Pipers were known to have pipes of their own the question of obtaining drums came up. Mr R Macleod kindly undertook to write Col John Campbell, Kingussie, to enquire if he had any drums in his possession for disposal.
The General Committee approved of the forming of an Association Pipe Band and authority was given to Band President MacDonald to incur accounts in the name of the Association for any immediate necessities required to enable the Band to carry on with practices. The Committee, at the Band Presidents request agreed to appoint at their monthly meeting representatives to act on the Band Committee. The first chanter practice was arranged for Saturday 31st May in the Club rooms.
The next Association meeting was held on
Inverness British Legion Pipes and Drums 1932
Picture taken at Craig Dunain 1956
On the front page of the British Legion Magazine 1966
The Band after winning first prize at the Strathpeffer Games (circa) 1964-65
One of it`s members continues to play with the Band. Drum Tutor Billy Macgregor ( 3rd L back row ) . Roddy Shanks (3rd L front row) is also still playing and is the Band President of the Grade 3 East Kilbride Pipe Band. After leaving Inverness for Edinburgh he played with the Grade 1 Woolmet and Danderhall Pipe Band.