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.
A unique charitable institution, The National Piping Centre is a repository for the legacy of bagpiping in Scotland and is responsible for providing instruction and sharing expertise around the world in order to promote and preserve the musical heritage of the Highland bagpipe.
We teach all age groups and abilities in our beautiful listed building located in Glasgow. We also teach in schools around Scotland and our reach extends globally through the use of technology with online lessons. Working in conjunction with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, we deliver a BA with Honours (Scottish Music – Piping), and ‘Study Abroad’ programmes with Glasgow and Edinburgh universities.
Always a flurry of piping activity, the National Piping Centre runs amateur piping competitions, hosts recital evenings and is home to the world renowned and internationally acclaimed Piping Live! festival. We also house a library and the Museum of Piping, which we operate in conjunction with the National Museum of Scotland.
The NPC is proud to have established and continues to run one of the most exciting projects in youth music, the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. The NYPBoS is a non-competitive performance band made up of the best young pipers and drummers from around the country. The band entertains audiences both at home and abroad and is an excellent ambassador for Scotland and its musical traditions.
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