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Events this Week in Scottish History
27th July 1685: The Battle of Killiecrankie. The Government sent
an Army north under General Mackay to stop the advance of the
Jacobite Army led by John Graham of Claverhouse, “Bonnie
Dundee”. The Armies met at the pass of Killiecrankie, near Blair
Atholl, and the Government soldiers were scattered by a Highland
charge lead by Claverhouse. Their victory was short lived as
John Graham was felled by a ball from a leather cannon carried
as light artillery by the Government infantry, and his Army was
subsequently defeated at Dunkeld. The bullet hole in his
breastplate now at Blair Castle is a later addition for dramatic
Santiago de Compostela
New Link to Richard Campbell's Extensive Guide to the Camino
de Santiago on
Peter Sinclair’s webpages about the Herdmanston and Rosslyn
Added to the page dedicated to Major Jimmy Howe OBE which starts
with his recollections of the 1st Battalion The Royal Scots (The
Royal Regiment) in action in May 1940 culminating in the
successful defence of the corridor that led to Dunkirk at Le
Paradis: A 1996 interview with Major James Howe with Les
Back (Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of
London) and a 1943 broadcast of Dance Music by Jimmy's Dance
Orchestra from Stalag 8B on repatriation with wounded Prisoners
80th Anniversary of The Royal Scots Defence of the : The Battle
of Le Paradis
This year is the 80th
Anniversary of the Battle of Le Paradis where The Royals Scots
and The Royal Norfolks, ordered to hold the canal line to the
last round and the last man, to protect the BEF's corridor to
Dunkirk did just that.
RS373, The Team tasked with recording memories of the Regiment
of the 20th and 21st Centuries of the Regiment's 373
uninterrupted years of service until the merger of all the
Scottish Regiments in 2006 hosted an online Commemoration of the
80th Anniversary on Tuesday 26th May 2020.
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Campaign for the Real Reel of the 51st
The dance based around the Saltire, Scotland's Flag, and created
by the Highland Division, whose sacrifice in France in 1940 it
commemorates, is being danced incorrectly by many today, unaware
of its significance.
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"Carpe Diem" - Seize the Day
10 Reasons to make the most of what we have, and do
something while we can. Who knows what tomorrow may bring ?
Photographs © Iain
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