CALEDONIAN PIPES and DRUMS of BILLINGS, MONTANA

Peter Matheson














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Peter Matheson 1891-1982
















Pete was born in Scotland in 1891 and served in the Lovat Scouts during World War I. After that he emigrated and came to Eastern Montana where he was a cattle and sheep rancher. He farmed for a while near Shepherd, then retired in the 1950's to Red Lodge. He had not pped in many years (the association between bloody death in the trenches and piping was too great for many of the WWI pipers) but in the early 50's he got out his pipes again and brushed up his fingering and began playing for the highland dancers in Miles City, Billings, and Red Lodge. Along with Bill Flockhart, he helped keep Scottish Day at the Festival of Nations in Red Lodge going for many years
















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