UK Championships - Belfast


RSPBA logo    UK 3rd Prize


The band were delighted to secure a top 3 position at this year’s UK Championships on Saturday 11th June. The contest was held for the third consecutive year in Stormont, Belfast and attracted 105 bands and some 46 Drum Majors.  It’s a venue that the band always enjoys playing at as all the competition arenas are placed over the immaculate grass of the cricket field. Pictured above is our Drum Major Billy Jordan receiving the trophy.


It was the turn of the March, Strathspey & Reel discipline for Grade 1 and the band were drawn the following set:


March - Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band

Strathspey – Blair Drummond

Reel – John Morrison of Assynt House


To hear our performance again please click on the link below. Our thanks and appreciation as always go to Drone Chorus for sharing his recordings of the day.

ScottishPower - MSR


Congratulations must go to the overall winners Field Marshall Montgomery. The full Grade 1 prize list was as follows:


1st - Field Marshall Montgomery – Northern Ireland

2nd - Inveraray & District – Scotland

3rd - ScottishPower – Scotland

4th - Spirit of Scotland – Scotland

5th - Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia - Scotland

6th - St Laurence O’Toole – Eire

Best Drum Corp – Spirit of Scotland


The full breakdown of the results can be seen by clicking on the RSPBA Results pages

Thanks also the RSPBA photogragher Peter Hazzard for the picture.


Bit of Tune History...

JOHN MORRISON OF ASSYNT HOUSE composed by Peter R MacLeod Snr.

John Morrison was born at Gress Lodge, Lewis, where his father was a gamekeeper. They later took the tenancy of Goathill Farm and following that the tenancy of Galson Farm until the farm was eventually broken up to make crofts (now the village of Melbost Borve/Glason). They then bought a house on Lewis Street which they called 'Assynt House' as John's father, also named John Morrison, came from Assynt, Evanton.  

John was a keen piper, teacher and a founding member of the Lewis Pipe Band.  Murdo 'Bogey' MacLeod had barber shop on Point Street and was Pipe Major during much of the time that John Morrison was involved in the band.  The tune 'Murdo MacLeod', also by Peter R MacLeod was dedicated to him.