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Eighteen century Highland piper (National Galleries of Scotland)

Are Bagpipes Weapons of War?

Eighteenth-century piper executed for carrying “an instrument of war”

To Scots, bagpipes aren’t just a musical instrument. They also have political symbolism. So political, in fact, they’ve been considered war weapons.

Such treatment stems back to the last and most famous of the Jacobite Risings, which sought to restore the House of Stuart to…




Exploring History is a publication about history. Instead of focusing on any particular time period of history, we explore anything about the past that helps our readers understand the world they live in today. We pay special attention to historiographical rigor and balance.

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Tim Gebhart

Tim Gebhart

Retired Lawyer. Book Addict. History Buff. Lifelong South Dakotan. Blog: prairieprogressive.com

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