Cornish bagpipes

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Cornish bagpipes are the forms of bagpipe once common in Cornwall. Bagpipes and pipes are mentioned in Cornish documentary sources from c.1150 to 1830 and bagpipes are present in Cornish iconography from the 15th and 16th centuries.

Early documentary references

Pipes, type unspecified, are mentioned in many medieval Cornish sources:The word 'Tibicen' appears in the Vocabularium Cornicum of about 1150.

The first named 'piper' in Cornish records is that of Reginald Tibicen noted as holding land in Cuby before 1260/61. (probably a player of the flute or pipe, perhaps a bagpiper)The Accounts of the Earldom, 1296-7, mention Henri the pipere of Trigg: his wife Joan was paying a fine of 2s 6d.The assize record of the 1302 Cornwall Eyre mentions Osbmus Le Pibith and Richare/us Le Pybyth, both of Mousehole.A 1344 account tells of a disturbance at a Cornwall stannary in Redruth involving a man with the surname...
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