Allan Hamilton


A lifelong piper; Allan at his peak played with the world famous City of Glasgow Police Pipe Band, later to become Strathclyde Police Pipe Band and even more recently the Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band. Having retired from Strathclyde Police at the rank of Chief Inspector, Allan worked as an investigator with Hughes Dowdall in Glasgow until his ‘second retirement’ beckoned in Easter, 2009.

Allan still plays an active part in the piping community today. He is a frequent attendee at solo-piping competitions and recitals and has been active with pipe-bands over many years, most prominently with Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band. Additionally, Allan is part of the McCallum Bagpipes family, having long served the rapidly blossoming Ayrshire bagpipe manufacturers as an ambassador at home and abroad and as the well known host of the McCallum Bagpipes Roadshow.

Allan played a piobaireachd, “Lament for the Only Son,” after dinner at the Annual Conference of the Piobaireachd Society at Birnam Perthshire in March 2015, showing there’s some life left in the old dog…