The MacDougall family were pipemakers in Scotland from 1781 until 1910. The business passed through many family members over that period. Their ability to produce top quality instruments was evident both in looks and tone. Here is a brief time line -
Allan – 1792 – 1834 – Perth
John – 1834 to 1857 – Perth
Duncan – 1857 to 1898 – Perth, Edinburgh, Aberfeldy
Gavin – 1898 – 1910 – Aberfeldy
Most Duncan MacDougall bagpipes are made from Ebony or Cocuswood as he felt they were superior woods to African blackwood.
Thanks to Murray Blair for the following pictures of his 1860-70 cocuswood Duncan MacDougall bagpipe. A rare full silver set mounted with Thistle patterned German silver. Here is some info about them from Murray -
My pipes are MacDougall's with brass lining inside the top sections of the drones. The tuning slides are wood and the shield on the Bass drone stock reads JDP (John D Phillips) the original owner. I've done a bit of work to them... tenor drone bells have been bored out and I replaced the blowpipe.There's also a silver joining cap missing from the blowpipe stock which I still have... but hey, how much silver do you need! The story goes that the pipes arrived in Australia during the gold rush in Queensland in the 1870's.They then made it down to Victoria soon after (I suspect in the Pipers family) and were given to my father in the 1960's by the family along with 2 cows and a small pickup truck. My Grandfather was fairly well known for piping around the district and many sets of pipes were either left to him or passed through to learning students he had.