Bagpipe (highland pipes)

early 19th century

Object Place: Scotland


Chanter length (without reed) 37 cm (14 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ebony, ivory, leather, cloth

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Chanter and three drones. Black leather bag. Five stocks. The blow-pipe is of ebony with an ivory mouthpiece. The drones are of ebony, ivory tips, furnished with single reeds; the bells of the drones have a pear- shaped inside profile somewhat similar to that of the English horn; the bore is cylindrical, in two steps: the bell joints have increased bores (12.5 mm). The chanter is of ebony with an ivory disc at the end; conoidal bore, double reed; seven finger-holes in the front, a thumb-hole in the rear, two vent-holes on the sides.


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection