Historically, Highland Games were held within each clan to establish the strongest and most valiant clansmen. As head of the clan, the Chieftain held a position of honour at the gathering.
In keeping with this tradition, highland games today invite a leader in the community to act as an honorary Chieftain of the Day. At the end of the massed pipe band performance, the assembled pipers and drummers play the tune “Highland Laddie” in recognition of the 2016 Chieftain of the Day.
The BC Highland Games is pleased to introduce our honourary 2016 Chieftain-of-the-Day…
A native of Glasgow, Scotland Stuart arrived in the Vancouver area in 1974. He is honoured to serve as Chieftain of the BC Highland Games where he has played for dancing for more than 35-years. As a member of the Vancouver Police Pipe Band, Stuart has travelled to many parts of the globe including Japan, Germany, and Scotland where he twice participated in the Edinburgh Tattoo. He has played for highland dancers for many years at games and championships both in the United States and Canada, including Inter-provincial Championships in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and in 2005 for the United States Inter-Regional Championships. In 2004, 2005 and 2006 he piped for dancing at the World Highland Dancing Championships at the Cowal Highland Games in Dunoon, Scotland. His commitment to providing music of quality for dancing has smoothed the way for many dancers of all ability levels to give their best performances and to practice their art with joy. It is an honour to have Stuart as our Chieftain of the Day.