A little bit of Scottish History


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Prince Charles Edward Stuart Tartan.

Prince Charles Edward Stewart Tartan.
(Bonnie Prince Charlie).

The Prince Charles Edward Stewart sett is identical with the Royal Stewart but for the much reduced red square, D.C. Stewart says of it ´the tartan becomes richer to the point of congestion.´ 
It is reputed to have been worn by the Prince at Holyrood in 1745. 
There are so many tartans called Prince Charles Edward is said to be his habit of honouring his host at that time by wearing his tartan. In his travels he obviously stayed/hid with many hosts.

The Kilt Pin worn correctly

How and why do I wear a kilt pin?

There are a vast amount of different styles, designs and types of kilt pins. The story behind the wearing of a kilt pin is as follows.

Ever since Queen Victoria used her hat pin to secure her kilted skirt on a windy day, a kilt pin has been worn with a kilt. Its style is entirely a matter of your personal choice. It should be on the right hand side of the kilt, pinned through the front apron only (to prevent tearing) about 4 inches (100mm) from the bottom of the kilt and 2 inches (50mm) in from the fringe.

The idea was to weigh the apron down to stop it blowing up, now a days it is more ornamental.

La Targette French Military Cemetery (Neuville-Saint-Vaast, France

The Battle of the Somme
9/8 March.

Scottish, Retreat March (9/8 time). This pipe tune, a retreat composed by William Laurie (1881-1916) commemorates one of the greatest and most terrible battles of World War I which began on 1st July 1916. 58,000 lives were lost by the British troops (one third on the first day).

William Laurie fought in this horrendous battle as PM of the 8th Argylls. He died shortly after from illness and injuries sustained in the trenches. 
He lived just long to see his tune meet immediate success.


The retreat is not necessarily a march time tune which would be marched to; often it is played as part of the evening ritual in military camps as day duties gave way to night ones. So “Battle of the Somme” is not linked to the military manoeuvre of retreating in or from battle but is linked to the idea of refuge and safety in the camp.o the idea of refuge and safety in the camp.



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Robert Burns 

The Haggis

Robert (Rabbie) Burns
Ode to the Haggis
The Traditional Dinner, Haggis, neep's & tatties
Seaforth Highlanders
The Seaforth Highlanders
The regiment was created through the amalgamation of the 72nd Highlanders (Duke of Albany's Own) and the 78th Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs), as part of the Childers Reforms of the British Army in 1881. 
The regimental museum is located at Fort George near Inverness. 
Fort George served as the Depot for The Seaforth Highlanders for most of the regiment's life. 
"Cuidich 'N Righ" =  Help the King
"Caber Feidh Gu Brath" = The Deer's Horns Forever

The Regimental Toast
The land of hills, glens and heroes;
Where the Ptarmigan thrives and where the red deer find shelter.
As long as the mist hangs o’er the mountains and water runs in the glens.
The deeds of the brave will be remembered.
Health and success for ever
To the lads of “Cabar Feidh”

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