Lincolnshire, Lancashire and Scotch Bagpipes: Regional and Pastoral bagpipes in 17th Century England


There is a widespread belief that numerous distinctive regional bagpipes formerly existed in England. This is largely based on a handful of continually recycled 17th century references. In fact, these references mention only three instruments - the “Lincolnshire”, “Lancashire” and “Scotch” bagpipes. In general, the discourse has suggested either that the Lincolnshire and Lancashire instruments didn’t exist, the references simply reflecting the popularity of ordinary bagpipes in those counties; or that they were purely regional peasant bagpipes, long defunct and now unidentifiable; while references to the “Scotch bagpipe” in an English context have largely been ignored.

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