Bagpipe History Recent artcile on Lowland Pipes
Pete Stewart has presented a recent paper which traces the history of Lowland or ‘Common’ pipes from pictures and prints. It will help in tracing the origin of the Uillean pipes from the earlier ‘pastoral’ pipes.
The were bellows blown with drones in a common stock and were pretty universal in Britain and Ireland . The pipoer could sing and talk too.
I’ve always wonderd how orinary players could afford the complex pipes we see today with regulators etc. Maybe they were handed down as they became less popular with the wealthy or gentry.