The Search

Volumes 1 and 2 were discovered by chance in the house of Ann Campbell, Oban, in 1909. Ann was our last known link with the family. She never married, and had no idea of the importance of the music she possessed. If she had some volumes, it is possible that other family members preserved the others.

It is likely that, if the 3rd volume survived, it is in the hands of someone who does not know what it is. The manuscript can only be interpreted by a few people with an interest in the topic. Some work has already been done on the family tree of Colin Campbell but no living relatives have yet been traced. However the present world-wide interest in genealogy, plus the increasing amount of information on the internet, opens up new doors for widening the search for Colin Campbell's family, and the lost volume.

Therefore, while the search has been going on slowly for many years, there is a case for using these IT developments to aid us. The following plan has been set up:

1. I have joined some genealogy websites and am actively seeking relatives of Colin Campbell. The case could be made for paying a genealogist to help with the search.

2. An article for the Piping Today – the magazine of the Piping Centre in Glasgow, has been published. There are other journals/papers that have run the story, including the journal of Clan Campbell. We are approaching other journals too.

3. A Radio broadcast took place on BBC Pipeline in the summer of 2009. An mp3 of this is available here

4. This document, and others linked to it, have been widely disseminated amongst the following communities...

  • Genealogists
  • Piping enthusiasts
  • Archivists/historians/those interested in old books and manuscripts
  • Relatives of the Campbells of Breadalbane
  • Relatives of Sir John MacGregor Murray
  • Owners of old libraries including private owners of stately homes, and National Trust properties

5.The use of the internet to attract interest include videos of the above info being explained, with the advice to go to the Piobaireachd Society website for more info. These videos are on You Tube and are also on this site for members to view.

6. One of the videos for You Tube is a tune from Volume 2 being played on the pipes (cheotra o hodro). This is to help explain the music, better than the written word can ever do. You can listen to this recording here .

7. The above recordings were done at Kilbryde Castle, still the residence of a branch of the family of Campbell of Breadalbane. You can listen to the recording at Kilbryde Castle here. A further video of the Campbell Canntaireachd itself was done at the National Library of Scotland, and is available here .

8. The rise in use of social networking sites (Facebook, MySpace) will also be used to disseminate info

9. All documents and internet links will ask for any information to be emailed back to the Piobaireachd Society website, to be collated by me there.

If you have any info which you think will help us with the search, please contact me using the "contact" button on this site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Peter McCalister