Here we go again! Another little recommendation that you visit our Research materials (slowly growing – please feel free to alert us if you see something you think should be posted/hosted here!), this time an article written by Niall MacKenzie.
A fascinating look on the role of bagpipes in military history, with insights in to martial practices, the Jacobite rebellion and changing meanings of the word ‘march’.
Of particular interest to those who know the tune “War or Peace” – this article shows its use as a military signal, as mentioned by Barnaby in his recent post on Singlings and Doublings. The signal concerned was called in English the “General” (French la générale, Spanish la generala) and it was usually delivered on drums or bugles in European armies without Highlanders. It served “to give notice to the troops that they were to march” or “to give notice of sudden danger, that all may be in readiness for immediate duty” (p. 10).
The “General” thus corresponds in function to the Gathering (cruinneachadh) or Assembly Tune (port tional).