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MacPhee, Donald

Donald MacPhee made bagpipes in Glasgow from 1872 until 1880.  He was also a top solo piper and highland dancer. A couple interesting notes -

John MacColl worked and studied with MacPhee from 1877 until MacPhee’s untimely death in 1880.

Peter Henderson took over the MacPhee shop in 1880, shortly after MacPhee’s death.

The following set surfaced in Australia in 2015. Originally thought be a late 1800′s macDougall, some super sleuth work by George Hannah found a faint stamp on the bass drone ” D. McPhee”. Suspicion is this is an earlier McPhee set as its profile is quite different than the more “Glasgow” looking set shown on this page.

This photo compares the McPhee tenor top to a Henderson.

This next group of Photos courtesy of Ronan Maguire, St. Laurence O’Toole PB.

This set was bought new from MacPhee’s shop in early 1880 and has stayed in the same family since.

Tenor drone tops

Tenor ringcaps

Profile of the drones

Note the slight taper of the ferrules

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