TELLING THE STORY OF HABBIE SIMPSON – THE MOST FAMOUS 16th CENTURY LOWLAND PIPER
You never know what interesting pathways storytelling can lead you along – and speaking at the Lowland and Borders Pipers’ Society Annual Collogue is the latest development arising from the forthcoming telling of Kilbarchan’s story on 24th October.
When Pete Stewart approached Ewan McVicar and I about telling the story of Kilbarchan’s famous piper at their Annual Collogue in Peebles on November 7th, I was amazed. But then I thought about how much Habbie plays even today in Kilbarchan life and what wonderful treasures there are to know about him, I said “Yes!”.
Pete had already sent me a copy of “The Day it Daws- the Lowland Scots Bagpipe and its Music 1400-1715″ which mentions Habbie Simpson deriving a picture of him from Robert Sempill’s elegy ” The Life and Death of the Piper of Kilbarchan” written in the middle of the 17th century. Even today Habbie is a vital part of the Lilias Day historical parade as seen from the front cover of Lilias Day 2008.