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Queen's Own last pipe major Alasdair Gillies dies

Alasdair Gillies. Pic: Andrew Smith
Image caption Alasdair Gillies taught piping in the USA after leaving the Army

Award winning pipe major Alasdair Gillies has died at the age of 47.

The former soldier was the last pipe major of the Queen's Own before its amalgamation with the Gordon Highlanders in the 1990s.

Following the merger, he was the first pipe major of the new battalion The Highlanders.

Glasgow born, he later spent some of his childhood in Ullapool. It is understood he had been suffering from ill health.

The piping gold medalist taught piping in the USA after leaving the Army.

Tributes have been paid to Mr Gillies on the Piping Times website.

In 2007, he composed a tune to mark 100 days since the disappearance of four-year-old Madeleine McCann in Portugal after being asked by the girl's family.

He played the music at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow that year.

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