John Hume was born in Haddington in 1854 to William Hume (1823 – 1893) and Margaret Veitch (c1827-1878). William was a coachsmith at St Laurence, Braehead. John also took on the same trade and was noted in the Census on 2 April 1871 as an apprentice coachsmith. John’s siblings were Agnes, Elizabeth Craig, George, William and Alison (Alice).
Queen Victoria had fallen in love with the idea of having a personal piper after visiting the Marquess of Breadalbane in 1842, and had organised it by 1843. The piper had to play under her bedroom window for 15 minutes every morning, and whenever else Her Majesty fancied a tune, as well as at a variety of State Occasions.
Family legend has it that the man in the photo was a Piper to Queen Victoria, but he is not listed as such on the Official Website of the British Monarchy, although he may have been one of twelve pipers called upon to play round the table after State Banquets. The other problem I have is that the back of the photo is marked “James” not “John”, but there is no James in the family. I’m wondering if it has been mis-labelled.
Any snippets of information regarding the Mystery Piper, his uniform, regiment or the Hume family from Haddington would be much appreciated.
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