The MacDougall bagpipe making history goes back to the 16th Century and perhaps even further. They were not only hereditary pipers but also skilled at turning wood and making their
Although there is certainly a "pre" history, Allan MacDougall moved from Taymouth Castle, where he was employed as a piper, in Perth sometime between 1781 and 1790. In 1790 he married and opened a bagpipe making business.
His son, John MacDougall (January 31, 1802), took over the business around 1834. The bagpipe pictured here came with a chanter marked MacDougall, PERTH. Experts believe that the bagpipe pre-dates the chanter considerably and may well reach back to 1750.
Above is an extremely rare practice chanter stamped A. MacDougall. According to Jeannie Campbell outstanding research and subsequent book, The first mention of Allan as a bagpipe maker occurs in The Bagpipe Preceptor by Captain Menzies, published 1815:
"I shall bring up my practising chanter, made by Allan MacDougall, pipe-maker, High Street, Perth; and if you promise to make good use of it, I shall make you a present of it."
These images are courtesy of long-time good friend Andreas Hartmann-Virnich of France. His primary interest is in the very earliest (pre-1800)instruments and makers.
Allan MacDougall Border Pipes