By Lucy Ashton
Tributes have been paid to a Scottish bag-piping celebrity who has sadly died aged just 47. John Elliott, also known as Jock, died last month.
The talented musician, who was a member of Inverary pipe band and founded G1 Reeds in Kirkcaldy, Fife, in 2010, has been remembered for his ‘wealth of knowledge’ and ‘unwavering commitment’ to piping.
He has also been described as a “much loved husband, son, brother, uncle, brother-in-law and friend who is missed every minute of every day”.
Paying tribute to the premier reed and chanter maker, Finlay MacDonald, Director of Piping at The National Piping Centre remarked on John’s amazing contributions.
He said: “In this sad moment after the passing of John Elliott, the piping world must draw together in support of John’s family and friends, and simply be there for them.
“John was such a well respected and loved member of our community: his personality, musical talents and the quality piping products he developed have made an impact, and he will long be remembered.
“The thoughts and condolences from the team at The National Piping Centre go to John’s immediate family in their time of need.”
John was a member of the Grade 1 Inveraray & District Pipe Band, who won the World Pipe Band Championships twice in 2017 and 2019 while playing his G1 products.
A celebration of John’s life will be held in Kirkcaldy on Thursday, May 25, with mourners asked to line the pavements on Dunnikier Road as pipers and drummers accompany the funeral procession.