The Scots did not invent the bagpipe, and it’s not clear who did.
The droning instrument, originally made from reeds and an inflated pig’s bladder, was apparently invented thousands of years ago in Asia.
The Roman emperor Nero was reputed to be a bagpipe virtuoso, playing it for public ceremonies and athletic contests.
Roman troops brought the instrument all over the world, but most countries outside Scotland rejected the musical gift.
Bagpipes of many different types come from different regions throughout Europe, Northern Africa, the Persian Gulf, and the Caucasus.