Murdoch Maclean Macleod 1923 - 2013
(You can read a conversation with Maclean Macleod that first appeared in The Voice in January 1998.)
Maclean Macleod, age 89, set sail for Tir nan og, land of the ever young, on
Saturday, September 21, 2013. Mac was a dyed in the wool Scot.
He was born in Ullapool, a small fishing village in the north of Scotland.
During WWII, he proudly served in the British Royal Air Force and flew 33
missions. After demobilization, he worked as a forester on the west coast of
Scotland where he met and married the lovely Margaret Plowman. They
immigrated to the United States in 1956 with their young daughter.
His two passions were trees and the Great Highland Bagpipe. He was
a tree surgeon and ran his own company for 30 years. Along with 4
others, he founded the Fairhill Colonial Highland Gathering and acted as
either convener or president for the next 50 years. He dedicated his
life to improving the standards of bagpiping by founding the Eastern United
States Pipe Band Association and the United States Piping Foundation. In
1995, he was awarded the Balvenie Medal in Scotland for his services to the
piping world. In 2010, he was inducted into the EUSPBA Circle of Honor.
Up until his 88th year, he continued his annual pilgrimage to the
Glenfiddich Piping Competition at Blair Castle, Scotland. He enjoyed a
good laugh and had a joke for every occasion. He was a talented
woodworker, a great storyteller, and a gifted singer. He will be
remembered for his love of cribbage, crosswords, the cryptic byword, and a
cuppa' strong tea.
Maclean is predeceased by his wife, Margaret Macleod (nee Plowman) and his
brother, Angus Macleod. He is survived by his three daughters and
their husbands; Catriona and Stuart Binder-Macleod, Deirdre and Duncan
Bonnell; Rowena Macleod and Mark Wygent; and grandchildren Benjamin
Binder-Markey (wife Caitlin), Rina Binder-Macleod, Maclean Nagaswami, and