Alasdair was born in Glasgow to parents Norman and Kathleen Gillies and lived there for the first eleven years of his life before moving to Ullapool , a fishing village on the West of Scotland where his father took on the position of piping instructor for the schools in Wester Ross . [2] Alasdair won his first major prize in 1981 at the Northern Meetings competition in Inverness , one of the most prestigious solo competitions in the world. He set records at the Northern Meetings by winning every trophy in the senior and junior piping competitions except one. [1] Alasdair was a military piper for 17 years (1980-1997) and gained a distinguished pass on the Pipe Major's course in 1986 where he achieved the Graduate certificate and the Senior Teachers certificate from the Institute of Piping. [3]

Away from the office Alasdair enjoys regular family holidays hillwalking in the Highlands and at home is an avid follower of football spending many hours at weekends watching his son play youth football and getting lost trying to find pitches in previously unexplored parts of Ayrshire and Lanarkshire.


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