The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts


Bagpipe making


The making of bagpipes, a type of instrument using enclosed reeds fed from a constant reservoir of air in the form of a bag.


Status Currently viable
Craft category  Instruments
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK
Minimum no. of craftspeople required
Current no. of trainees
Current no. of skilled craftspeople
Current total no. of craftspeople



There are several types of bagpipe traditional to the UK, including the Great Highland bagpipe, the Uilleann pipe, the Scottish smallpipe and borderpipe, the Northumbrian pipe, the Lincolnshire bagpipe, the Cornish bagpipe and the Welsh bagpipe.




Local forms

There are several types of bagpipe traditional to the UK, including:

  • Great Highland bagpipe
  • Uilleann pipe
  • Scottish smallpipe and borderpipe
  • Northumbrian pipe
  • Lincolnshire bagpipe
  • Cornish bagpipe
  • Welsh bagpipe




Issues affecting the viability of the craft


Support organisations


Craftspeople currently known

A list of bagpipe makers and suppliers can be found on the Bagpipe Society’s website.


Other information