According to archaeological evidence, the bagpipe originated in the Middle East prior to 1000 B.C. The oldest evidence can be seen on a Hittite slab at Euyuk, showing the possible origin of the instrument.
The bagpipe eventually spread to Greece and later to the Romans, who took the instrument with them to the regions they conquered. The bagpipe then spread to Britain, Ireland and Scotland, which are the countries it is traditionally associated with, around the beginning of the 13th century. The instrument was not initially popular with the people of these regions, but it came into greater use in the 1800s.