Pipe Major James Robb Fraser Mess Dress

Pipe Major Fraser’s white mess dress coat with blue shawl collar and Pipe Major Fraser’s miniature medals. With a Stewart of Fingask vest and kilt. A Brief History of Clan Stewart The Clan Stewart motto is “Virescit vulnere virtus”, which means “Courage grows strong at a wound”. It was a Highland and Lowland Clan with many […]

Dirk of Pipe Major James Robb Fraser

Pipe-majors were 1st Class staff NCOs and their status allowed them to carry a dirk with knife and fork, although with silver fittings, not gilt like the officers.

Miniatures of Pipe Major (Sgt) Alexander Keith

Six miniature medals: a) Territorial Forces Efficiency Medal, b) Queen’s South Africa Medal – 1900 with bars – Laing’s Nek, Transvaal, Orange Free State, Cape Colony, South Africa 1901, d) King’s South Africa Medal – 1902; e) 1914 – 1915 Star, 1918, f) British War Medal 1918, g) Victory Medal, 1919. Born in 1879 in […]

Brooch for plaid of Pipe Major Alexander Keith, 15th Battalion

Silver brooch worn on left shoulder to hold plaid in place. Scratched on reverse side of brooch is “G. McKay” suggesting the brooch was worn originally by Piper G. McKay,  a pre-war member of the 48th. It is likely his plaid brooch was surplus in the 48th’s Regimental stores so when Keith came to the […]

Pipes of Pipe Major James Fraser

Pipes used by PM Fraser though his entire career including 39 years as Pipe Major of the 48th Highlanders of Canada, 1913 – 1952. In 1913, after 21 years service with the Gordon Highlanders in Scotland Fraser replied to a notice from Lt. Col. William Hendrie asking for a “competent” piper to be the Pipe […]