Lobbing the Bunnet

Whilst we’ve all been observing lockdown, some of our band members decided to have some fun !

Trying to get JP’s Blue Bonnet from our lead pipers home in Rogart Sutherland to JP’s home in France.

We hope you enjoy seeing some familiar faces


Supporting our NHS Scotland Frontline Workers

SAPD/ NHS Scotland Limited Edition New Products now Available

We’re excited to launch a series of new limited edition products to support our suburb NHS Scotland frontline workers

ALL Profits from this range will go to NHS Scotland Frontline workers – NO PROFITS will remain with  SAPD 

All the new products are limited editions so get your orders in quick before they run out

We are also working on new ideas for more SAPD/NHS Scotland goodies, so look out for these coming soon in our online shop.

First Up we’d like to introduce our very special Frontline Worker Teddy Bear

His Name is Richard !

Our band member Richard Kerr is an ambulance technician based in Lanarkshire and he has been working throughout this crisis.

We want to give our grateful thanks to Richard and also to band members  Norma Sommerville and Nick Dawson who are also frontline workers in the NHS and Care sectors.

As well as these limited edition SAPD/NHS Scotland products, we’re busy looking into other fundraising activities to assist our frontline health and social care workers in Scotland.]

So keep your eyes peeled on all our social media feeds for further announcements.

PLEASE NOTE : Please “bear” with us on deliveries. They may take a little longer than usual to get to you due to the current social distancing/lockdown.

We will do our very best to get your orders to you as quickly as we can whilst keeping everybody safe.

To see the full range or to place an order visit our online shop https://saoralbapd.scot/shop/

Arbroath 2020 The Gathering

Statement from Saor Alba Pipes and Drums Chairman John McGregor

“As Chair of SAPD I am delighted to say that our suggestion to create a ‘virtual’ Arbroath 2020 celebration has been a resounding success.

It has engaged with pipers and Scots worldwide to celebrate this special moment.

I’d like to say a special thanks to JR Ewen (piper and all round techie god) for his help in making this possible.

I’d also to thank the pipers and musicians world wide for your input.

I must also pay great tribute to our Band Manager, Jim Edwards….who took this from a grain of an idea and steered it towards the reality it has become. Always an inspiration.

We built an important moment.

I cannot say more than thank you 💕🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Yours aye
J McG”

Ronald McIsaac – Rest in Peace

We are all reeling from the devastating news that one of our Band Assistants, Ronald McIsaac has passed away.

Ronald was from Corstorphine, Edinburgh and would have been celebrating his 60th Birthday in May.


Ronald was well known in the Indy Family.He was a member of the Freedom Convoy and the Society of William Wallace.


He loved travelling all over his beloved Scotland and meeting like minded folk.






When Ronald sadly lost his wife and soul mate Denise in early 2019 he needed something to fill the dark void in his life. A friend of his introduced him to the band family, and he was very soon making himself useful!

He was with us on our very first public outing – Stornaway. He drove the van that carried all our instruments, uniforms etc.






The tributes have been pouring in on social media, and all have the same common threads. People remember how passionate Ronald was about Scotland and Independence, but what shines through is how well loved he was. He was kind. He was generous. Above all people are remembering that they always laughed with Ronald – he was funny.
We are deeply sorry we will not be able to attend his funeral due to the Covid – 19 restrictions but I’m sure we’ll find a way to honour his memory once life returns to normal.
Scotland has lost a true patriot and freedom fighter and is a poorer place for it.
Rest in Peace Ronald – your memory will march on in our hearts

The Big One

AUOB March Edinburgh – 5th October 2019

Well that was a day that will go down in the history books!  Over 200,000 people took to the streets of our capital city to show that there is indeed an appetite for Scottish Independence.

Old folk, youngsters, less mobile folk , kids, dogs, families  – you name it and they were there. And we’re very proud to say so were we.

We put out our biggest band to date – 23 pipers and 16 drummers all proudly wearing their blue bonnets and leading the march through the streets.

What you may not have noticed in the excitement is that we also had 23 none playing members, 3 kids and a dog on the team  all doing their own  special job to make sure everything ran smoothly. Support vehicle drivers, stewards, the dream team on the stall, etc without whom it wouldnt be possible.


Those who were able to get to Edinburgh early gathered at the Meadows and travelled together on a band bus to Holyrood for the start. Those who couldnt make it that early met them at the start – lets face it even in a crowd that big they are not that difficult to find !


We did something which was very special for some of us. In a break with Pipe band tradition, we put all our lady pipers in the front rank for the march (although some of you could be forgiven  for not noticing as they chose to wear fake beards). It may not seem like a big deal but it meant a lot to some of our female members.



Words cant really describe the day adequately – the noise, the people, the buzz of excitement, the rain, the hope ….

But as always we have a huge photographic record of our day that you can browse in our Gallery at https://saoralbapd.scot/projects/the-big-one/

Our On Line shop is now Open

Our new improved on-line shop is now open. The perfect place for you to buy your Indy merchandise and do all your Christmas Shopping !

Earlier  in the year we dipped our toe in the water with a small test version of an online shop. We learned all the lessons we needed to set up a more efficient, more professional better version.  Our team have worked tirelessly at all the marches running our real world stall and have fed back all your comments, requests and questions, so we can tailor our offer.

Along with a range of unique Band logo branded merchandise, we will be stocking Yes and Aye merchandise , and a range of gifts.  Where else can you get a Yes fag, a dog bandana, a baby bib and a hip flask all in one visit to the keyboard.


Whilst we have kept our prices as low as possible to give you real value for money, all profits will go towards band funds and help keep us marching on the road to Independence.


As our shop is staffed entirely by volunteers we ask for your understanding – we can not compete with Amazon and Ebay and offer next day delivery ! All orders of stock items are picked and packed as they come in, but we only have one post run a week. All orders will be posted on a Tuesday. A few items that are made to order will give you an idea of the delivery time in the listing.

We will be adding new products every week, so keep popping back to have a look whats just arrived !


Introducing Sheldon

Meet our fabulous Mascot

If you’ve ever been on an Independence march, attended a rally, watched a live stream or looked at the pictures of any Indy event on line the chances are you recognise Sheldon!



This big beautiful proud Indydug was born in Edinburgh on 5th June 2015 – with a Scottish mum and German dad he’s typical of the wonderful mix that makes our country so special.




As soon as he had all his jabs (at about 12 week old) Sheldon attended his first Highland Show. That was the first time he’s heard the skirl of the pipes. From then on, whenever he heard them on the TV at home he would sit up and watch. Perfect puppy training to become the mascot of Saor Alba Pipes and Drums .




He had a busy early couple of years. At 6 months old he qualified for Crufts and proudly represented Scotland in the show ring.

Then at a year old he was introduced to the limelight appearing in series 7 of the popular TV series Still Game.

He’s even sired a litter of 12 beautiful puppies

Not surprisingly his first outfit was a flag !





Since then he has been busy helping his lovely mum Jane campaign for Scottish Independence. Being an Indydug he’s attended marches and rallies. He’s been on Freedom Convoys and camps. He’s been seen at commemorations and demonstrations and made friends everywhere he went. His photo has appeared in The National.  People are drawn to this charismatic dog and he loves the attention.




Although he’s kept very busy being an Indydug, off duty he’s still just a big puppy at heart and loves playing on beaches, in parks and meeting people






We’re very proud to announce that he has agreed to become the band’s mascot and whenever possible he will be front and centre leading us as we keep marching on the road to independence.




Check out all his pictures in our photo  gallery https://saoralbapd.scot/projects/sheldon/

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