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The tune, The Piper’s Cave was composed by James Sutherland (1865-1946), Pipe Major of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.
Sutherland was born at Rosskeen, Ross-shire and was taught by Pipe Major
James MacDonald. He joined the 1st Seaforth Highlanders as a piper in
1883. He served 21 years with the Regiment. He became Pipe Major in 1893
but was transferred to the 3rd Militia Battalion in 1885.
He was a successful competitor, though not top-rank, having won neither of the Gold Medals, and was also an adept Highland dancer, winning the Sword Dance at Oban in 1911. Whenever possible, he and his good friend Angus MacPherson of Invershin played for each other in the Highalnd dancing. After his active service he taught piping and dancing for a living. In his later years he was seen much as a judge of both piping and dancing events. He counted Willie Ross and Dr. Willie MacPhail among his best friends.