Monday, July 15, 2019

Highland Legacy

This is a print first published by the Toronto Globe newspaper at Christmas in 1899. It depicts the 48th Highlanders, a militia unit formed in Toronto in 1891, but with roots that stretched back to a previous Canadian militia regiment that was active from 1856-68.

Whether it was militia or regular military, the Highland tradition had taken hold in the Canadian military, and it was typical of units to be organized with that in mind.

World War One saw Canadian Highlander regiments formed up and active throughout the conflict. This 1917 painting by Arthur Watkins Crisp is titled British And Canadian Recruiting On Boston Common.

Margaret Fitzhugh Brown painted Pipe Major Jock Carson, 25th Nova Scotia Battalion, Canadian Highlanders in 1932.

The Highland legacy in the Canadian military carried on through the Second World War and is very much part of the current day mindset.

This painting is Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry Highlanders Advancing Into Caen by O.N. Fisher. It depicts a part of the Normandy campaign. Tomorrow we head over to the Canadian Museum of History.


  1. The Normandy campaign was such a crucial point in history...
    Thanks for their contribution to Canadian soldiers too.

  2. Beautiful paintings. Have a fabulous day!

  3. Great paintings of military men.

  4. Very nice paintings ... especially Pipe Major Jock Carson!

  5. Hello, I love the paintings. Have a happy day and a great new week!

  6. It is a curious thing but quite appealing.

  7. Nice post about the impressive history of the Highlanders.

  8. very cool kilts ... those are in my family history. very cool. metals and all. ( ;
    have a great week.

  9. Such amazing art work! Such a wonderful presentation!

  10. It is interesting how highlanders and bagpipes have found their way all around the world.

  11. Interesting information and pictures about this branch of the Canadian military. Thanks for providing it. :-)

  12. Thanks, William. The Brits and Canadians having military sign-ups on Boston Commons is interesting, because of course the US was in the midst of it's "isolationism."

  13. There is a lot of tradition in those kilts!

  14. @Italiafinlandia: the men who went into Normandy saved the world.

    @Iris: that they were.

    @Nancy: thank you!

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Sami: I thought so.

    @Ella: it's a good portrait.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Anvilcloud: so do I.

    @Jan: they have a lot of history.

    @Beth: thank you.

    @Tom: tartans do stand out.

    @Laurie: I thought so too.

    @Joan: that's true.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Barbara: and yet they were recruiting those who were thinking beyond that isolationism.

    @RedPat: there is indeed.

  15. I like the poster about "The Kilties." I learned a lot from these, William!

  16. The Pipe Major is certainly a distinguished looking gentleman. I love your header photo!

  17. Interesting information, impressive history of the Highlanders.

  18. I enjoy seeing the paintings, they're very nice!

  19. It inspired many artists to make a painting.

  20. So interesting. Love the history and the Highlanders

  21. @Jeanie: thanks!

    @Sharon: thank you.

    @Karl: there is!

    @Marie: it is.

    @Bill: they are.

    @Marleen: indeed.

    @MB: thanks!

  22. Love the 'plaids' ~ another great historical photo post ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to you,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  23. Such a great exhibit and wonderful history.

  24. I love that the legacy of the Highlanders carried through World War I into World War II. The history is fascinating!

  25. So good to see these paintings.

    All the best Jan

  26. @Carol: thank you.

    @Michelle: indeed.

    @Denise: I think so.

    @Sharon: I agree.

    @Jan: it is.

    @Klara: indeed.