History: When Did the Army Officially Recognise Pipers?

"I read recently on Piping Press: ‘But it was not until 1854 that pipers were recognised officially by what was the UK’s War Office’. Although from an interesting article, this statement does not hold true. It is belief still commonly held however, but easy to disprove. The evidence that pipers had formally been a part of Scottish regiments is easy to find and starts with the Acts of the Scottish Parliament for 1643.

It began when the then Lord Sinclair was commissioned by that parliament as Colonel of a regiment whose establishment included a piper and a drummer to each company with their pay set at £12 Scots per month."

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