minstrel: periodness of the great highland bagpipe?

M. J. lawteller at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 3 14:06:45 PST 2000

To then, what do you attribute the historical belief of King James the First (not the Sixth)
being, if not the inventor, at the very least of influencing a new style of music? Although
heavily influenced by his time imprisioned in England,  and exposure to the then new syles of
music coming from France, most scholars do admit that there was a style of music in Scotland that
had a sound unique to its own culture. 
   It is considered a "myth" in the SCA because that music no longer exists, and what cannot be
documented, does not exist. Every country has its own way of doing things. Even something brought
from another country will, in time, change to fit the desires of the people. It is completely
inane to believe that regardless of where it came from, it did not change.  

> If you subscribe to the myth that Scotland had unique culture, then
> you're screwed. But most historians claim that lowlanders were pretty
> much like the English by 1560, and most Scots were lowlanders.

After 1562, all music but the Kirk Pslam was outlawed in Scotland. Therefore, it seems highly
unlikely that songs would be published from there. If they were exectuing people for merely
playing the role of Robin Hood, then it is doubtful that they wrote songs without fear.

> Burns was in many ways the creator of the myth of Scottish culture.

Burns did not create a new language (Scots Gaelic), did not invent the kilt (look to Bayuex
Tapestry), and did not force the Irish, Norse, Pict and English to influence a people.

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