The piper in peacetime

 Some history

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When discussing the uniforms and tartans of pipers it is important to remember that no such function existed on any official military establishment until 1854, and there were therefore no Army Regulations for pipers or what they should wear. Pipers did of course exist in Highland corps but these were soldiers able to play the pipes, pipers employed by Colonels, or disguised as drummers on muster rolls. Although a red pipers' tartan of obscure design appears to have been in use at an early date, elaborate pipers' uniforms and special tartans as recognised aspects of accepted regimental distinction are products of 19th century costume design, with little to do with the primitive dress of clansmen or even the uniform clothing or regiments when first raised.  more