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In an old parish record a John Colzear in 1598 is listed as a "piper". What kind of job is that?

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    Most likely a person who played the pipes. (musical instrument) – Mark C. Wallace Mar 11 '18 at 16:24
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He was a musician who played the pipes. As in the phrase 'He who pays the piper calls the tune'.

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  • In what circumstance could that be a paid occupation? – Charlie Mar 11 '18 at 12:44
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    Pretty much anywhere that music was needed, e.g. street entertainment, wedding celebrations, military bands, etc. – KillingTime Mar 11 '18 at 12:51
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    interesting, never thought I'd find someone like that in my family tree in that time period! – Charlie Mar 11 '18 at 13:09
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    In some cases it was a hereditary position - piper to a clan chief like the MacCrimmons, pipers to Clan Macleod for example. The name Colzear sounds Lowland Scots. – Brian Drummond Mar 11 '18 at 20:56
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    In this case, the "pipe" in question was almost certainly a bagpipe. – chrylis -cautiouslyoptimistic- Mar 12 '18 at 1:52

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