The evolution of the great highland bagpipe by robert worrall bagpipe history by john white scotlands national instrument the bagpipe or in gaelic piob mhor the great pipe is not contrary to popular belief an instrument which has its origins in and has diffused from scotland. Bagpipes and the military although examples of the actual physical bagpipes from anytime before the 18th century are extremely rare there is a great deal of evidence of their existence in illustrations carvings and engravings. The objective is not to present a history so much as to convey a general sense of the great diversity and the antiquity of the bagpipe and its predecessors there are several probable reasons for the lack of historical information about bagpipes. The bagpipe history where did bagpipes originate from according to the oxford history of music the first bagpipe sculpture dates right back to one thousand years before christ it was located in a town called euyuk which is in the middle east this sculpture was on a hittite slab
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