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Pipe Major Gavin Stoddart

Pipe Major Ga St 001Pipe Major Gavin Neil MacLeod Stoddart, Member of the Celtic Lodge.


Pipe Major Gavin Neil MacLeod Stoddart MBE, BEM was born in Hamburg Germany on 14th July 1948, the Son of George Stoddart who was stationed in Hamburg at the time of Gavin’s birth, George was a Pipe Major of the Scottish Parachute Regiment, and so it is not surprising that Gavin Played the Pipes.


In 1964 At 16 Gavin was allowed to be a guest Piper with the City of Edinburgh Police Pipe Band under the legendary Pipe Major Iain McLeod


1966 Gavin enlisted with the Scots Guards as a Piper under Pipe Major Angus MacDonald later he became a Pipe Sergeant with the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards.

The Celtic Lodge Edinburgh and Leith no 291.


26th April 1968 Mr Gavin Neil Stoddart 19 years Old was Initiated in the Fist Degree 19th Nov Fellow Craft, 3rd December Raised to Sublime Degree of a Master Mason, at that Time was a Piper in the 1st Battalion Scots Guards.


Proposed by Brother Andrew M Ross


Seconded by Brother Andrew James Ross


Bro Gavin played his Pipes at Many a Harmony in the Celtic Lodge Thistle Hall, the Brethren spent many Mystic Hours listening to the soothing Melody of Tunes from Bro Gavin.


1979 Bro Gavin transferred to the Royal Highland Fusiliers where he was placed as Pipe Major.


1980 Pipe Major Gavin started playing in competitions were he won Silver Medals at the Strathspey and Reel at the Argyllshire Gathering in 1980, Gold Medal and Formers Winners MSC at Oban 1981, Gold at Braemar for piobaireachd in 1981, the Inverness Gold Medal in 1983 and many more Medal Honours.


1983 the British Empire Medal was presented to him for his services to the Army Pipers.


1983 Bro Gavin won the Glenfiddich Piping Championship and again in 1988.


1987 Bro Gavin moved to the Army School of Bag piping at Edinburgh Castle, as Pipe Major-Warrant Officer Class 1 and Senior Pipe Major to the British Army.


1990 He was appointed Director of the Army Bagpipe Music at Edinburgh Castle.


1999 Gavin highlight of his career came when in the Queen Elizabeth II New Year Honours List Gavin was invested as a Member of the British Empire, for his contribution and service to Army Piping and Drumming.

Pipe Major Gavin N Stoddart was responsible for arranging the Music of the Massed Pipes and Drums for the Funeral of our late Queen Mother, HM Queen Elizabeth.


1999 The Bagpipers and Highland Drummers united as the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming under Pipe Major Gavin’s Control.


2003 Gavin after 37 years Completed Service in Army Piping he retired, but was soon involved as Senior Instructor with the National Piping Centre Glasgow, and taught around the World, also Judging many competitions.


The Photo from a Web Page on the Net


The Extract from Bro Gavin’s History by Bill Boland PM Celtic Lodge Historian. 01/12/2012