The pipers weren't budgeted in the
army and had, for a long period of time, even been banned (the ban
was lifted around the 1850s).
Officers who commanded companies or
battalions treated themselves to a regimental piper, usually a
common soldier who was therefore dressed in the red coatee. They
would receive extra payment from their officers, for their musical
As a weapon the piper wore the broadsword, which
usually was worn by Officers and NCOs and, of course, their
The main task of the piper was the motivation of the
troups on campaign and during battle. They also played, complying to
the officers wishes, at the messtent or at barracks.
Song and music is good for moral, therefore there's a
lot of music around the Gordons camp.