Scott Williams is well known as a bagpiper, piping instructor, solo piping and pipe band adjudicator, and composer of bagpipe music. He is also a retired schoolteacher, a magazine columnist, and a children's author. He was born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada where he was immersed in the Highland culture of the region's Scottish immigrant population. As a small child, he was drawn to the music of the bagpipes and, more than half a century later, it is still one of the most significant influences on his busy life.


In 1990, Scott published Volume One and Volume Two of "New Bagpipe Music From Nova Scotia" with volumes three and four following by the middle of the decade. In 1998, he published his first children's novel, "Sandy Chisholm's Chanter Lessons" and later followed it up with a Teachers' Guide. In 2001 Scott wrote a Teachers' Guide to Donald B. Willis' exciting new childrenís novel, "The Mystery of the Waterloo Bagpipes" which was inspired by his own young fictional character, Sandy, who visits his American cousin in Willisí latest novel, "The Secret of Lightning Ridge".

Scott has been teaching young children to play the bagpipes for almost 40 years, and with considerable success. His students have won many individual awards and two of his pipe bands have won North American Championships (Clan Thompson, Grade 3, in 1989; Antigonish Highland Society, Grade 4, in 1995). The Nova Scotia Pipers and Pipe Band Association named him Pipe Major of the Year four times in five years. A long-time member of the judges' panels of the NSPPBA and its successor, the Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association, he was also named to the judges' panel of the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario in 1999.

In 1996 Scott founded the Piobaireachd Society of Antigonish. The Society has made a significant impact on the development of piobaireachd playing in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada.  In November 1998, he travelled to Niagara Falls to present a talk and demonstration of his teaching methods at the first PPBSO Teachers' Symposium. His strategies were well received by teachers and pipe majors from Ontario and four neighbouring American states. This resulted in the publication of "A Bagpipe Tutor" in 2004, revised and reprinted in 2005. In it, he demonstrates the teaching system he developed over many years and uses to great effect today, not only with his students at home but also at summer schools and workshops, which have taken him across Nova Scotia, to Aurora, Ontario, and to Shreveport, Louisiana.

In 1989 Scott began writing for The Clansman Magazine (later renamed Celtic Heritage) and since that time has seldom missed an issue. Most of his articles are about pipers and piping activities, and some of them may be read on this website. In June 2000, he published what is perhaps his most significant work, " Pipers of Nova Scotia: Biographical Sketches 1773- 2000". This large format 257-page book lists more than 1600 pipers, many with detailed biographies, and contains over 200 photographs. A companion volume, " Pipe Band of Nova Scotia 1898-2000" was released in January 2001. Also in large format, this 168-page book lists 185 bands, many with detailed histories, and containing 200 photographs. 

Now a retired schoolteacher, Scott continues to play, teach piping, compose music, adjudicate at competitions, and continues to write articles for the Nova Scotia based magazine, Celtic Heritage. He is also working on a sequel to his childrenís novel. Recently, the Clan Thompson Pipe Band was revived and Scott has once again taken over as the bandís pipe major. His wife, Maureen is also enjoying retirement after many years as the Curator of the Rev. Charles Brewer Celtic Collection at the Angus L. Macdonald Library, St. Francis Xavier University. Their son, Zeph is a graduate from the Technical Production Program at the National Theatre School of Canada, based in Montreal, Quebec. He has been employed in Stage Management in Canada and on the high seas.