Sunday, July 14, 2019

Warrior Traditions

This sketch depicts the Battle of Culloden in 1746, which ended the Jacobite uprising.


This is a print taken from an oil painting dating to 1786. It depicts Alexander III, king of Scotland in the 13th century, being saved from a stag by Colin Fitzgerald, the founder of Clan Mackenzie.


Over time, Highlanders would become incorporated into the British army, often with clan chieftains as their officers. This would eventually give rise to the concept of Highlander regiments and other units that still exist today- even with members who have no Scottish roots at all, yet still wear kilts with regimental tartans.


Alma: Forward The 42nd is an 1888 painting by Robert Gibb depicting the 42nd Highlanders, the Black Watch, advancing on Russian positions on the 20th of September 1854- the first action of the Crimean War.


Guard Of Honour Of The 79th Highlanders At Holyrood House is an 1852 painting by R.R. Maclan, and depicts the regiment at the Edinburgh palace after a three year tour of duty in Canada.


This is a group of the 78th Highlanders photographed in Montreal at some point in 1868-69. 


As Canada's Confederation came into being and the new country began to develop its military, the tradition of the Highland warrior would take shape here. I'll have more from this tomorrow.

31 comments:

  1. Interesting to read about the rising of a nation.

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  2. An interesting read. The highland regiments always add colour to any military parades here, marching to the music of the pipes and drums.

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  3. So interesting to read the history of your country ...
    I didn't know anything about that!

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  4. I don't remember a whole lot from high school history, since it was taught by Mr Young who had the personality of wet sawdust, but I do remember Culloden. Maybe all was not lost!

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  5. We learned nothing about this in school!
    It would be worth teaching, thank you.

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  6. ...history that I know nothing about!

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  7. Interesting part of Canadian war history. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day. Wishing you a happy new week ahead!

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  8. I wish I knew more of my Highland ancestry.

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  9. I have long wondered about kilts and their history. Thanks for this explanation about the Highlanders. :-)

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  10. I'm learning more about history through your visits to museums! Thanks!

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  11. How interesting! I like to look at art over the years. Amazing how it evolves.


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  12. what cool art. i enjoy the black and white one. ( ;
    very neat!

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  13. @Italiafinlandia: it is.

    @John: that's true.

    @Ella: thanks!

    @David: I loved history.

    @Iris: you're welcome.

    @Tom: I know a lot of it.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Marie: I have none.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Anvilcloud: it was.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Barbara: thanks!

    @Jennifer: me too.

    @Beth: as do I.

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  14. That's interesting to read about the Highlanders.

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  15. There is some beautiful art work to go with those impressive artifacts.

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  16. Some beautiful art and displays there. I never think of Canada with the Scottish connection so much as Brit or French. This is illuminating.

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  17. The art work is very nice to see.

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  18. Wonderful photos of the Scottish History in Canada ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  19. A nice historical look at the highlander tradition, William.

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  20. This history is fascinating to read about. Great pictures

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  21. In word and images an interesting post, William.

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  22. Snazzy red outfit. Probably uncomfortable as the dickens, but snazzy nevertheless. :-)

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  23. Your last post overlaps by one with this. The Battle of Culloden, in which the highland tribesmen were no match for that great new broad sword.

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  24. @Marleen: I thought so!

    @Padre: they do.

    @Sharon: indeed.

    @Jeanie: there is a very strong Scottish presence in our history.

    @Bill: it certainly is.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @RedPat: definitely.

    @Maywyn: I liked it.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Revrunner: indeed!

    @Joanne: that was another of the momentous moments in history. What if it had gone the other way?

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    1. The Battle of Culloden ended in ten minutes. They were no match for the great Claymore.

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  25. Wonderful post and photos of the Warrior Traditions ^_^

    Happy to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  26. Thanks for sharing photographs and information.

    All the best Jan

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