Updated: 22 September, 2017


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PM Robert Ireland
First Pipe Major of the 48th

It has been said that an efficient pipe band is the pride of every commanding officer of a highland regiment. For this reason Pipe Major Robert Ireland, reputed to be the best piper on the continent, was recruited to serve as the first Pipe Major of the 48th Highlanders in 1891. During his tenure the band was fully organized with a total strength of 19, 14 pipers and 5 drummers.

Pipe Major Ireland's leadership of the 48th Highlanders Pipes and Drums helped the pipe band to become famous in only a few years. Pipe Major Ireland started playing pipes with the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders, later moving to New York City until taking over as Pipe Major of the 48th Highlanders in Toronto. Pipe Major Ireland won many solo piping contests held in North America at that time (The champion Cup of Canada and The Champion Bagpipe Trophy of North America, three times).

Pipe Major Ireland is also remembered for his tune Lieut.-Colonel John I. Davidson, named after the Regiment's first Commanding Officer.