Did you know...

 that the musical instruments best known and most widely used in Scotland of old were the organ, virginal, and spinet; the lute and clarsach; the viol and fiddle; the flute, recorder and hautboy: the trumpet, cornet, sackbut and hunting horn; and the drum and bagpipe?

 that above all, the clarsach, or harp, and the bagpipe were the oldest and most popular musical instruments in the Scottish Highlands?

 that King James I (1406-1437) is said to have excelled all the best Scottish and Irish harpers of his time?

 that Mary, Queen of Scots was very adept at playing the clarsach, and the small but beautiful instrument which she used is still in existence and on display at the National Museum of Antiquities in Edinburgh?

 that the first organ in the Chapel Royal in Holyrood House was created in 1617 by an organ-builder named Dallam, at a cost of £300?

 that the organ and all other musical instruments were banned from the Chapel in 1637 because of the turmoil instigated by the activities of the Scottish religious reformers?

 that Scottish Reformers referred contemptuously to the pipe organ as "the deil's bagpipes"?

 that the cornu, an ox-horn popular in the Scottish Highlands, when properly blown could he heard at a distance of six miles?

 that the Scots were endowed with such a natural love of music that they developed songs for every phase of living - to soothe and relax the cows at milking time, "waulking" songs with a good rhythm for beating cloth into the proper finish for Harris Tweed, songs to rest the weary, to rejoice at marriages and births, to praise heroes, to mock  traitors, to inspire to battle, to mourn the dead, to love and to laugh?