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The Campbell Canntaireachd manuscripts are a collection of (Highland) bagpipe music. What makes these documents quite unique is the system that is used to note down the tunes. Rather than using staff notation, the music is written out in words, or more particularly vocables. This system of vocables is known now as canntaireachd, which, apart from an singing tradition in the Highlands of Scotland, is still used for the teaching of bagpipe music. More information about Canntaireachd can be found in this article.

The reason there is a search going on, is that we believe that there is a third, lost volume of the Campbell Canntaireachd out there. The discovery of this volume could be a tremendous addition to the repertoire of Classical Highland Bagpipe music, also known as Piobaireachd. To learn more about the known volumes and our reasons to believe there is a third volume, please check this article.

The Campbell family described throughout this website is more particularly known as the Campbell's of Nether Lorn. A family tree so far as we have been able to trace it and more information on the Campbells of Nether Lorn is available here.

If you believe to be a descendant of the Campbells of Nether Lorn, know anything about their genealogy or just generally interested to help us look for this document, please do not hesitate to contact us.