Castle Dangerous

Jimmy Haugh was born in Craigneuk and has lived in Motherwell virtually all his life. He started playing the pipes when he was 7 years old with the Craigneuk Parish Church Band where he was taught by PM William Lyle of Craigneuk. His piping career has been distinguished in that he has also played for the Dalziel Highland Pipe Band, Shotts and Dykehead, Glasgow Transport Pipe Band and was PM of Newmains and District Pipe Band.

He was also a piper in the Cameronians and served in France, Germany and Gibraltar. On leaving the army in 1948 he was employed at Anderson Strathclyde in Motherwell. He attended two piping courses at the Army School of Piping in Edinburgh Castle under the direction of the legendary PM William Ross.

His tunes are renowned for their sometimes simple but very melodious phrasing. Castle Dangerous was Jimmy's first tune and is now regularly played by pipers and Scottish country dance bands. The idea for the tune came when he attended the disbandment of the Cameronians service at Castle Dangerous (Douglas Castle) in Douglas on 14 May 1968.