LONDON (AP) _ Pipe Major Angus MacDonald, considered one of the world's best bagpipers, has died at age 60, The Times reported.

MacDonald died on June 25, the London-based newspaper said. The place and cause of death were not given.

A native Scotsman, MacDonald won the prestigious title Piobaire Os Cionn Chaich, or ``piper above all others'' in 1981. Throughout his 27-year military career in the Scots Guards, MacDonald served as household piper to Queen Elizabeth II, a personal piper to the governor of Edinburgh Castle and a senior instructor at the Army School of Piping.

After retiring from the army in 1983, he instructed the Sultan's pipers in Oman and performed for audiences in the United States, according to The Times.

MacDonald was born on Oct. 20, 1938, in Glasgow. He nurtured his love of piping early as a boy pipe major in the school band in Dunblane, Scotland.

After leaving school, he enlisted as a piper in the Scots Guards, serving with his regiment throughout the world. As his reputation grew, he gained prestigious positions and taught future pipers at military piping schools.

In the foreword to the 1993 edition of C.A. Malcolm's ``The Piper in Peace and War,'' MacDonald called pipers ``some of the best ambassadors this country has.''

MacDonald, who was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1983, is survived by his daughter. Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.