Looking At Edinburgh

11 October 2008

All Essential Services: Bagpipe Makers

Filed under: buildings, history, people, photos — Tags: , , — EdinburghEye @ 10:23 am

Sinclair Bagpipe makers 1 Madeira Street

I had probably passed by this door and window a thousand times before it occurred to me to take the snapshot and looked up the history of it. William Sinclair & Son have been professional bagpipe makers since 1933. William Sinclair Senior’s father Alexander Sinclair made the first set of pipes on a foot-treadle lathe with the pedal power provided by his son: by trade William Sinclair Senior was a stone-hewer and his son William was a joiner, but there was a long family tradition connected with the pipes – Alexander Sinclair taught his sons with his other students of the pipes, and William Sinclair Senior was Pipe Major of the Leith Celtic Pipe Band, the Broxburn Pipe Band and the 5th Volunteer Edinburgh Rifles. He was also Pipe Major of the Boys Brigade in Edinburgh. (The old Boys Brigade headquarters is just up Ferry Road from 1 Madeira Street.) During a stone-hewer’s strike William Senior made reeds for the pipes to bring in money: in the 1926 General Strike, William Junior left the building trade to become a professional Bagpipe Maker, and in 1933, the firm of William Sinclair and Son set up shop. And they’re still trading today.

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