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About Dr. Hugh Cheape

Professor Cheape has research interests including history, languages, museum studies and musicology, focusing on the significance of the bagpipes in wind instrumentation and culture. He was involved in developing the BA Scottish music and BA Scottish music - piping degrees for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.

Professor Cheape has devised and teaches a postgraduate programme, MSc Cultar Dùthchasach agus Eachdraidh na Gàidhealtachd (‘Material Culture and Gàidhealtachd History’), at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture. He holds a Research Chair in the University of the Highlands and Islands.

The MSc has grown out of his curatorial and ethnological work during a career in the National Museums of Scotland where latterly he was Principal Curator in the Department of Scotland and Europe. He has published widely in the subject fields of ethnology and musicology, including studies in Scottish agricultural history, vernacular architecture, piping, tartans and dye analysis, pottery, charms and amulets and talismanic belief.

His books include Periods in Highland History (1987) with I F Grant, Tartan. The Highland Habit (1991), Witness to Rebellion (1996) with Iain Gordon Brown, The Book of the Bagpipe (1999), Bagpipes. A national collection of a national instrument (2008) and he has edited Tools and Traditions. Studies in European Ethnology presented to Alexander Fenton (1993) and 'A very civil people': Hebridean Folk, History, and Tradition. Essays by John Lorne Campbell (2000).

Professor Cheape served as moderator for the first MacMhuirich Symposium, held in Edinburgh, Scotland in July of 2011.

He was also instrumental in developing the Duais Clann Mhic Mhuirich (Clan Currie Prize) at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

Professor Cheape also participated in the Clan Currie Society's first "Tartan Day on Ellis Island program in 2002."