Johnstone, Duncan (1925 – 1999)
Born in Glasgow of Hebridean parentage, Duncan began his piping career at an early age with instruction from his father. Thereafter he had tuition from Angus Campbell of Ballachulish who recognised Duncan’s outstanding talent. During WW2 he saw service in the Submarine Surveillance Mine Sweeping Service in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas and on his return resumed his piping instruction under Donald MacLean of Oban and Roddy MacDonald of South Uist. He was a full time Piping Instructor at the College of Piping from 1974-78 then his own piping school in Robertson Street. Chiefly a soloist, he won the Scottish Pipers’ Association Knockout Competition in 1964 against his old friend P/M Donald MacLeod. In 1996 he was awarded the Balvennie Medal by Messrs Wm Grant and Son for his lifetime commitment to piping.