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~ Bagpipes in the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica ~

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From the 1911 Britannica


Nearly 100 years ago, in 1911, the famous 11th Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica was published. This massive work was, by some accounts, the last attempt to gather all of the world's knowledge together. With the then already rapidly accelerating pace of technology this sounds like it was an unrealistic goal, if indeed that was the publishers' idea. Nevertheless, the result became a definitive reference in many regards, and today it remains a fascinating, and sometimes even useful, document.

The Britannica's treatment of bagpipes is presented here. The five pages contain some accurate and some highly speculative (to be kind) information. They provide a snapshot of the scant state of knowledge about bagpipes at the time, especially non-Scottish bagpipes. We hope you enjoy this interesting bit of history.

Below are thumbnails of the three images (five pages) of the article. Click on them to bring up the corresponding pages in large JPG files (approximately 2.5MB).





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