Dr Flora MacAulay’s Photographs

Dr Flora MacAulay was brought up and educated in Wales to a Welsh mother and Hebridean father whose family were from the Islands of Benbecula and Lewis. Named after her paternal grandmother, Flora MacEachen, she came from a family of doctors and was one of the first female orthopaedic surgeons ever to qualify in the 1940’s. After some time practicing in Truro, she spent most of her life practicing as a GP in Carradale, Kintyre and on locum in the Western Isles. Her hobbies included tennis and photography but her passion was the Great Highland Bagpipe. She was a well known and loved figure around the Highland Games circuit and took many photographs of the great players of the day and the beautiful settings in which they competed. She attended the Northern Meetings and Argyllshire Gathering every year since the Second World War missing them only once in her later years when she was too ill to attend. She died in Campbeltown, Argyll in 1994 and was immortalized in the Jig written by Allan MacDonald, Dr Flora MacAulay of Carradale.

Lorne Cousin
with thanks to Allan MacDonald and Angela MacEachen for background information.

Thanks are also due to John and Freena Carmichael, Janet MacFadyen and Iain and Eleanor MacFadyen, for information about the photographs in which they appear. The National Piping Centre is also grateful to John Wilson, Colin MacLellan, Iain MacFadyen and Joe Noble in identifying many of the individuals in the photographs. If you are able to identify any of the unnamed individuals in the photographs, please contact museum@thepipingcentre.co.uk