Iain Speirs

Iain Speirs was taught to play by Jack D. Crichton, his father Tom Speirs, a Gold Medallist and Clasp winner, and by his grandfather Jock Speirs, Pipe Major of the London Scottish and Johnnie Walker Pipe Bands. Iain has also previously received tuition from Donald MacPherson and Murray Henderson.

Iain has played in a number of pipe bands including the Clan MacFarlane Pipe Band from St. Catherine’s, Ontario, the Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band and the College of Piping Band from Prince Edward Island, Canada. He was a member of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band, which was formed to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2008.

Iain lives in Edinburgh with his wife Susanne and children Annie and John. He works in financial services marketing.

Iain’s major prizes include:

Overall Glenfiddich Champion (2012, 2013)
Glenfiddich Championship Piobaireachd (2011, 2013)
Argyllshire Gathering Gold Medal (2002)
Argyllshire Gathering Senior Piobaireachd (2011)
Overall winner at the Argyllshire Gathering (2011)
Northern Meeting Gold Medal (2007)
Northern Meeting Clasp (2014, 2017)
Overall winner at the Northern Meeting (2017)
Silver Chanter (2003, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2015, 2018)
Bratach Gorm (2008, 2012)
Open Piobaireachd at the Piping Society of London (2004, 2013, 2017)
MSR at the Piping Society of London (2010)
Overall champion at the Piping Society of London (2004, 2010, 2013)
Capt. John MacLellan Medal (2013, 2015, 2016)
Capt. John MacLellan P Piobaireachd (2017)
Capt. John MacLellan overall P champion (2017, 2018)
Uist & Barra Piobaireachd (2011 and 2012)
Donald MacLeod Memorial Piobaireachd (2012)
Donald MacDonald Quaich (2009, 2016, 2018)
Springbank Invitational Piobaireachd (2008)
Northern Meeting ‘A’ MSR (2009)
Piobaireachd and Former Winners MSR at the SPA (2005)
Masters Invitational Piobaireachd (2012)
Masters Invitational MSR (2005)
Dunvegan Medal (1995)

Photo Courtesy of Derek Maxwell Photography