Archie McIntyre Autobiography

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 Archie McIntyre’s Piping Compositions and Stories

In Archie’s Own Words

Started learning [piping] aged 6/7 under my father, John McIntyre.

Joined the British Army in 1957 and taught by Pipe Major Donald MacLeod. Entered in my first competition (Oban) by him and remained his pupil by visit, post and recordings until his death in 1982. Still have his handwritten letters on my piping as also compliments on tape for piobaireachd.

Graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and commissioned as an Officer in the British Army in 1961.

Appointed in 1983 by Ranald Alexander Macdonald of Clanranald, 24th Captain and Chief of Clanranald as First Gentleman of the Household of Clanranald with the rank in that Clan of Chieftain entitled to wear two eagle feathers.

In 1984 appointed Gentleman Piper to Clanranald.

In 2001 appointed Gentleman Piper to the High Council of Clan Donald Chiefs and made an Officer of the High Council of Clan Donald. See

When Sir Ian Macdonald of Sleat’s mother died, he asked me to commemorate her in tune. I composed a piobaireachd called “Lament for Mary, Lady MacDonald of Sleat”. I was asked to and gave a public recital of the tune at Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye. The sheet music and CD have been placed in the Clan Donald archives.

Granted my personal Arms [at right] by the Lord Lyon in 2005, becoming only the third McIntyre primary armiger at that time after Glenoe and Camus na h’Erie. They are the only arms issued with a full stand of Highland bagpipes for crest.

Became Gentleman Piper to the Clan McIntyre Trust (of which I am a founder Tustee). Relinquished the post on becoming Chairman.

Composed the piobaireachd “The McIntyres’Return” for the first Worldwide McIntyre Gathering, and played it to the attendants at the Corran Hall dinner, Oban. Piped for the Highland Fling in Glen Noe at that reunion (photo above right). Incidentally the dancer is Martin MacIntyre’s granddaughter and she had just taken First Prize for Highland Fling at the Taynuilt Games.

A list of most of my compositions follows. I have had a computer wipeout and have lost most recordings (I still have some on CD) and all sheet music, so will have to set about replacing them, which will take some time. Meanwhile, here are 29 tunes: