John Stewart was a top solo piper, gaining, among other prizes, the Braemar Gold Medal for Piobaireachd in 1969.
I was taught by John in 2005 and I loved his pleasant manner and musical approach to Piobaireachd. Like many pipers of his generation he had some wonderful stories – some of which I have on a recording made by a fellow New Zealand piper, Hugo Manson who is a professional oral historian. He was very encouraging to me and his recipe for Arbroath Smokie Soup is fantastic. I will always have warm memories of John.