Games Date
May 17, 2014

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· Carl Peterson

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On May 16, 2015-Save The Date
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Scottish Games Association of Delaware, Inc.
Will Present the 54th Annual Colonial Highland Gathering
at Fair Hill Race Track, Fair Hill, Maryland

The 2014 Colonial Highland Games are dedicated to the

Colonial Highland Gathering's founder; Maclean Macleod

Mac, as he was known, arrived in America in 1956. He was the quintessential expatriate, intent on recreating his homeland. Three years after arrival in this country he gathered a small cohort of friends to plan the first Scottish games which were held at Delaware Park in August of 1960. In 1966 they moved the games to Fairhill where they have been held ever since.

Mac was a staunch advocate for piping in America and was bound and determined that piping in North America would be held to the same high standards and reputation as piping in Scotland. For his contributions to piping, promoting Scottish Games, developing amateur competitions and raising piping standards through the foundation of the Eastern United States Piping Association and the United States Piping Foundation, he was awarded the coveted Balvenie Medal at Blair Castle in Scotland in 1994. In 2010 he was inducted in the EUSPBA Circle of Honor here at the Fairhill Games.

Many will remember his soft lilting burr as he presided as “fear an tigh” or master of ceremonies for the mid day ceremonies for over 50 years. The conclusion of the mid day ceremonies are marked by a mournful lament as we remembered those who have passed on to Tir Nan Og, land of the ever young. Each year he would request that the audience “please be upstanding” as a lone piper on the parapet played the haunting melody, “Flowers of the Forest”. This year we will remember Mac, who set sail for Tir Nan Og, on September 21, 2013. Maclean Macleod died on September 21, 2013, five weeks short of his 90 th birthday.

Click here for additional pictures of Mac

Entertainment for the 2014 Fairhill Scottish Games


North Sea Gas

Charlie Zahm

Carl Peterson

and Master of Cermonies - Bill Reid

Hope to see you this year!


City of Washington Band




The Scottish Games Association of Delaware, who sponsor the Colonial Highland Gathering at Fair Hill, MD, are celebrating the contribution to piping and pipe bands of Maclean Macleod, founder of these Games, by organizing a Grade 2 band contest including all five grade 2 bands within the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA).

The bands are: City of  Washington,Stuart Highlanders, New York Metro .and the Ottawa Police band is from Canada. These 3 bands have never competed against one another in the same contest before. There will be two contests, a March, Strathspey and Reel (MSR) and a Medley. The competition will be decided by the aggregate score of both contests.

This unique competition has the full backing and financial support of the EUSPBA, who are bringing the ensemble judge from Scotland. The Games take place on May 17, 2014.

There will be two ATM's onsite

2014 Sponsors

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