dewhirstj wrote:Very useful information, gentlemen. I think these confirm the source which named him as James Stewart, and ties in with a postcard at Achiltibuei Piping School which also looks like a J (it could have been an F). I can now proceed with research accordingly. Many thanks.
According to an article in the Aberdeen Journal of 26th April 1899, there is a bagpipe tune named after him, 'Piper Stewart of Atbara'.
Purportedly composed by the Pipe Major of the Govan Burgh Police, presumably either Pipe Major Drysdale or Pipe Major Hutcheon given the date parameters but more likely to have been the latter given that he composed a number of tunes, was ex Scots Guards and had served in the Egyptian campaign and had also composed a tune called, 'The Cameron Highlanders Advance on Atbara'.
The tune written in Piper Stewart's honour does not appear to have been commercially published. However, the tune. 'The Cameron Highlanders Advance on Atbara' has been published and is in the Henderson's Tutor for the Bagpipe and Collection of Music.
There is also a tune called, 'The 1st Seaforth's Advance on Atbara', published in Logan's Highland Collection of Bagpipe Music (book no. 4). It was composed by Henderson Taylor (of Reay).
The following (medal for sale/auction in May 2016) may be of interest : -https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auct ... fb00b57f4c
Some of the military records of Piper James Stewart are accessible via findmypast.
p.s....the last time I was at Achiltibiue (about 15 months ago), the staff told me that the piping school was closing down. Good if it's had a reprieve.