Lancashire bagpipe

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The Lancashire bagpipe or Lancashire greatpipe has been attested in literature, and commentators have noticed that the Lancashire bagpipe was also believed proof against witchcraft.[1]

Historical attestation

  • Aphra Behn's Sir Patient Fancy (1678) mentions: "Not so joyful neither Sir, when you shall know Poor Gillian 's dead, My little gray Mare, thou knew'st her mun, Zoz 'thas made me as Melancholy as the Drone of a Lancashire Bagpipe"[2]
  • Ralph Thoresby, a topographer, wrote in 1702: "got little rest, the music and Lancashire bagpipes having continued the whole night."[3]

Further reading


  1. Transactions, Volume 56North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, 1908. Pg cviii
  2. Behn, Aphra. Sir Patient Fancy.
  3. cited in Francis M. Colinson The Bagpipes: The History of a Musical Instrument. Routledge Kegan & Paul (October 1975)

See also