About Us

The pipe band was formed at Glencorse, Nr. Penicuik, Midlothian in February 1973.

The band Crest, comprising the white stag and ram’s horns, was devised from a combination of the local tale of ‘The White Stag of Glencorse’ dating from around 1400, and the ‘Ram’s Horns’ representing PM William Kenyon’s life at that time as a shepherd in the Pentland Hills. The tale relates as follows - ‘Two eminent local landowners were in dispute, so to settle their argument they made a wager to see whose dogs would pull down a stag first. This happened to be a white stag in the vicinity of Glencorse.'

Glencorse Pipe Band Tartan Cameron of ErrachtThe band uniform tartan is ‘Cameron of Erracht’. The tartan was originally that of Ewan Cameron, 1st Laird of Erracht, son of the 13th Chief of Lochiel, Clan Cameron Chief, and dates back to the late 1600’s. The Cameron Highlanders, 79th Regiment of Foot of the British Army, were raised at the financial expense of the Chief of the Clan Cameron on the 17th August 1793 and as a result, were dressed in the ‘Cameron of Erracht’ tartan. The Cameron Highlanders, in whose Barracks the Glencorse Pipe Band first practiced, donated some of their spare kilts for band use.


Over the years the band has been involved in overseas visits and performances in locations such as:-

Germany Huckelhoven

Spain Barcelona

Portugal Lisbon

France L’Orient

Sweden Eksjo

France L’lsle-sur-la-Sorgue

In addition the band has had the honour of performing for H.M. Queen Elizabeth II on several occasions at the Braemar Highland Games. The Band also performs at weddings, and have ‘Beat the Retreat’ in corporate entertainment events at Dalmeny House, Lennoxlove House, Hopetoun House, near Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle and Turnberry Hotel, as well as numerous other functions and locations throughout Scotland.

The band has also been involved in live performances in the Kings Theatre, Edinburgh with the late Bill McCue, the 45 strong Welsh Cor Yr Hen Blwyf Male Voice Choir from Maesteg and the finale of ‘Live in Scotland’ with the comedian Lee Evans, for the video. The band has provided live workshops during the Edinburgh International Festival.

Since 1989 the band has taken part in numerous Piping Competitions all over Scotland and amongst their awards have been Champion of Champions, Lothian & Borders, four times, gaining fifth place in the World Championships and second in the Scottish Championships – all in all an impressive record.
Glencorse Champion of Champions
The band celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1998 and for the band’s 30th anniversary PM William Kenyon composed the 6/8 pipe tune ‘Glencorse 30th Year’. 

Band Championship Titles

Scottish Champions
 
British Champions
 
European Champions
 
World Champions
 
Cowal Champions
 
RSPBA Champion of Champions
 
L&B Branch Champions
 
Drumming Championship Titles
Scottish Champions
 
British Champions
 
European Champions
 
World Champions
 
Cowal Champions
 
RSPBA Champion of Champions
 
L&B Branch Champions