Updated: 22 September, 2017


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Pipe Major (CWO) A.L. Dewar MMM CD
Pipe Major WO2 Archie Dewar


Archie Dewar was one of seven children born in Bridge of Weir, Scotland to Robert and Marion Dewar. He was born in 1910 and in 1926 his mother and three brothers and sisters immigrated to Canada.

In 1928 he enlisted into the 48th Highlanders of Canada and began taking pipe lessons from Pipe Major James Fraser formally of the Gordon Highlanders.

Archie served with the 48th Highlanders from 1928 until his retirement in 1965 He served overseas from 1939 until 1945. While in Holland in 1945 he was appointed Pipe Major of the 48th Highlanders Overseas Battalion. Upon his return to Canada at the end of WW2 he reverted back to Pipe Sergeant under Pipe Major Fraser. In 1952 he was appointed Pipe Major and served in this capacity until 1965. In all he and his three brothers all served in the 48th at various time. His son Sandy served for 45 years and nephew Robert also served. Presently all three of Archie’s Grand Sons are serving with the 48th.

During his tenure as Pipe Major, the band was one of the best pipe bands in Canada winning many competitions including six North

American Championships. They went two seasons 1956 and 1957 winning every contest.

Archie was also instrumental in helping form the Pipers Society in 1947 as it was called then which is known now as the PPBSO. The 1st meeting of the Pipers Society took place in the 48th Highlanders of Canada WOs & Sgts Mess.

Archie taught a great many students who not only played with the 48th Highlanders but numerous other bands as well.

In 1995 Archie Dewar passed away.