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Pipe Major Donald MacLeod was taught piping initially by his father and then by John Morrison of Assynt House and by Pipe Major Willie Ross followed by Pipe Major John MacDonald of Inverness over a period of 25 years. He enlisted in the Seaforth Highlanders in 1921 and after four years was appointed Pipe Major. He served in World War 2 and was taken prisoner at St Valery when serving with the 51st Highland Division . He subsequentl y escaped and managed to return to the UK. When Piping got going again after hostilities , competitions were reinstated and from then until 1963 he established a competitive record that is unsurpassed. Pipe Major Donald MacLeod MBE was both a brilliant and prolific Bagpiper and composer, publishing six books of light music and a book of piobaireachd
Tunes included in Book 6 are:
The 72nd's Farewell To Clair Castle • The Banjo Breakdown • Benside • The Birks Of Abergeldie • The Black Mill • Bonny Indore • Brahan Castle • Calum Beag • Cameron's Farewell To Ardbarron • The Ceilidh House • Charlie's Welcome • The Cockerel In The Creel • Colonel Forbes Of Inverenan • The Crofter • Crossing the Minch • The Dairy Maid • The Daisy • David Crosbie Miller • Donald MacLellan of Rothesay • Dr John MacAskill • Dunoon Castle • Durness • Elgin Cathedral • The Lantern of the North • The First Of May • Gartmore Highland Games • Gypsy's Dance • The Hen's March • The Heroes Of Ortona • The Hills Of Kintail • Jack Aloft • John Morrison MacDonald • Kildonan • Lachies Lullaby • Lament For John Morrison Of Assynt House • Leaving Eriskay • Loch Kindonn • The MacNab's March • The Maid Of Islay • The May Pole • McRory's Breeks • Miss Elspeth Stewart • Miss Ishabel T. Mac Donald • Molly On Shore • Mrs Baillie Of Dochfour • Over To Islay • Pipe Major Donald MacLeod • Pipe Major Robert Shepherd • The Piper's Controversy • The Piper's Wedding • The Reel Of Bogie • Roderick MacDonald • Ronnie MacFarlane's Whiskers • The Shore Line Of Lewis • Sleep Dearie Sleep • Smith's A Gallant Fireman • Take Your Gun To The Hill • Well Done my Highland Lad