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Piobaireachd Society Gold Medalists (Canada)

By Andrew T. Lenz, Jr., Santa Cruz, California, ©2008-2010



In 1972, Major Archie M. Cairns approached the Piobaireachd Society (PS) to authorize a Gold Medal contest in Canada. He was initially denied. Undeterred, Archie Cairns proposed a unique solution, that is, if the PS Senior Judge found the top performance lacking, the judge could withhold the medal. This revised proposal of an "earned medal" was championed by Captain John A. MacLellan (then Honourary Secretary of the Music Committee of the Piobaireachd Society) and approved by the PS. The City of Ottawa Highland Games in 1973 hosted the first "Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal (Canada)". To date, the medal has never been withheld.


The venues at which this Medal contest has been held:
1973-1974 - Ottawa, Ontario, The City of Ottawa Highland Games
1975-1984 - Ottawa, Ontario, "Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal (Canada)" (Separate event)
1985-1994 - Cambridge, Ontario, "Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal (Canada)" (Separate event)
1995-Present - Maxville, Ontario, The Glengarry Highland Games

The following is a list of those who have earned the Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal (Canada) as well as a list of those who have earned the Bar to the Gold Medal.
(Thanks to Archie Cairns for providing these lists through 2008.)


GOLD MEDALISTS (Canada)
Year - Winner

1973
- Ed Neigh, Guleph, Ontario
1974 - John Goodenow
1975 - James McGillivray
1976 - James McGillivray
No contest was held in 1977.
1978 - William Livingstone
1979 - William Livingstone
1980 - Jack Taylor
1981 - William Livingstone
1982 - Colin MacLellan
1983 - David Martin
1984 - James Stack
1985 - John MacKenzie
1986 - Scott MacAulay
1987 - Michael Grey
1988 - Matthew Turnbull
1989 - Amy Garson
1990 - Angus MacDonald
1991 - John Cairns
1992 - Brad Davidson
1993 - Greg Wilson
No contest was held in 1994.
1995 - Ian MacDonald
1996 - Bruce Gandy
1997 - Greg Abbot
1998 - Fraser Clark
1999 - Iain Macey
2000 - Andrew Berthoff
2001 - Michael J. Rodgers
2002 - James MacHattie
2003 - Andrew Hayes
2004 - Roddy MacLean
2005 - Graham Mulholland
2006 - Glenn Brown
2007 - Sean McKeown
2008 - Scott McIntosh
2009 - Alex Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Lament for the Viscount of Dundee (Judge: Colin MacLellan)
2010 - Doug MacRae, London, Ontario, The Battle of the Pass of Crieff, (Judge: William Livingstone)




BAR TO THE GOLD MEDAL
 
Prior to 1982, any competitor who earned the Gold Medal more than once received a Clasp for each instance instead of another Gold Medal. In 1982, the the Piobaireachd Society sanctioned Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal Committee to establish a second contest which is restricted to those who hold the Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal, and is known as the Gold Medalist Competition. The first prize awarded in the Gold Medallist Competition is a Gold Bar to the Medal. Anyone who earns the Gold Medal is eligible, on the same day, to complete in the Gold Medalist Competition.
 

GOLD MEDALISTS AWARDED THE BAR (Canada)
Year - Winner
 
1982 - William Livingstone
1983 - William Livingstone
1984 - William Livingstone
1985 - William Livingstone
1986 - William Livingstone
1987 - Colin MacLellan
1988 - James McGillivray
1989 - James McGillivray
1990 - William Livingstone
1991 - William Livingstone
1992 - Colin MacLellan
1993 - Greg Wilson
No contest was held in 1994.
1995 - Ed Neigh
1996 - William Livingstone
1997 - William Livingstone
1998 - William Livingstone
1999 - William Livingstone
2000 - William Livingstone
2001 - William Livingstone
2002 - Jack Lee
2003 - Iain Macey
2004 - Bruce Gandy
2005 - John Cairns
2006 - Andrew Hayes
2007 - Andrew Hayes
2008 - Andrew Hayes
2009 - Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, The Battle of Waternish (Judge: Colin MacLellan)
2010 - Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, The Big Spree (Judge: William Livingstone)





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This page last updated Sunday, November 7, 2010.
Page first created in October 6, 2008.




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