Premium Pipes for Premium Sound
R.G. Hardie & Co. bagpipes are some of the world’s finest -- played at the highest levels of solo and pipe band competition. Over the past 50 years, they have become a household name for their heirloom bagpipes. Care is taken at every stage of production, from inspecting the wood and calibrating the concentricity of the bores to combing, beading and polishing the final product. R.G. Hardie strives to deliver premium bagpipes that are built to last. If you are a discerning piper, you will be well pleased when you pick up and play any of these beautiful pipes offered by USA Kilts.
Over 50 Years of Experience to Create the Best Sounding Bagpipes.
In 1950 Robert Hardie, Joe Henderson and John Weatherston started up the pipe making shop of R.G. Hardie & Co in Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, Scotland. It was a natural fit for these accomplished musicians and artsans. A native of Lennoxtown near Glasgow, Robert Gavin Hardie took lessons from Robert Reid and it was from him that Robert learned the art of highland bagpipe making. An accomplished piper, Hardie won the Gold Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering in 1947 and the Open Piobaireachd in 1952. As Pipe Major of the Muirhead & Sons Pipe band, Robert brought home five World Pipe Band Championships from 1965 to 1969.
John Carlton Weatherston, also from Glasgow, was Pipe Major of the 277 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders TA. With them, he won the World Pipe Band Championships in 1962. John was awarded the MBE and the BEM. During the 1970’s he was the Pipe Major of another highly successful band, the Red Hackle Pipes & Drums with whom he won numerous major championships thanks to their innovative style of playing.
And throughout all these years, Robert and John made some of the best bagpipes in Scotland. Their passion for playing was matched only by their passion for making fine musical instruments. Hard work paid off and in 1966, R.G. Hardie & Co was awarded the Royal Warrant of Her Majesty the Queen for the manufacture of bagpipes.