Category Archives: Military history

SERGEANT McLEOD AND THE MEN IN THE RANKS

British history books are filled with accounts of wars and great commanders. The names of generals such as Marlborough, Wellington, Montgomery, Slim, Havelock, Clive and Wolfe spring from the pages, faces that peer from the powder-smoke and reap the rewards … Continue reading

Posted in Battles,, Black Watch, Canada;, history, life experience, military, Military history, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THE BOSTONIAN AND THE GURKHAS

The British Empire threw up an amazing array of colourful characters and none more so than David Ochterlony. With such a name it is obvious that he has a Scottish background. His father came from Forfarshire, now Angus, north of … Continue reading

Posted in history, India, life experience, military, Military history, Uncategorized, War, women | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This crazy ideas about nationality

People fight wars over national boundaries. One set of people kill and maim another set of people because of some silly line drawn on a map by some politician or king or other jumped up self-important yahoo. How crazy is … Continue reading

Posted in Battles,, cannibalism, druids, Evil, First World War, foodbanks, freedom, Good, history, Hope, humanity, Immigration, League of Nations, Middle East, Military history, museums, Peace, politics, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

December in Scottish History

DECEMBER IN SCOTTISH HISTORY 01 December 1768: The first volume of Encyclopedia Britannica was published in Edinburgh, edited by William Smellie. 1787: The lighthouse at Kinnaird Head, Fraserburgh began operations.  It was built by Thomas Smith and Robert Stevenson. 02 … Continue reading

Posted in Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders, Australia, Battles,, Boer War, Books, Edinburgh, Exploration, Historical Crime, history, Inventions, life, maritime, Military history, murder, publication, books, author, publishers, royalty, Scotland, Scotswomen, Scottish battles, Shipping, South Africa, tragedy, Uncategorized, Walter Scott | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

November in Scottish History

01 November 1889: A Belgian named Professor Albert attempted to become the first man to swim the Firth of Forth. Setting off from the shore of Fife, he reached about half way to Inchkeith before he gave up, disappointing the … Continue reading

Posted in Dundee, Edinburgh, Exploration, First World War, folklore, Glasgow,, Historical Crime, history, Inventions, Military history, November, People, police, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

AUGUST IN SCOTTISH HISTORY

01 August 1798: Battle of the Nile:  ‘There were some of the women wounded, and one woman belonging to Leith died of her wounds, and was buried on a small island in the bay. One woman bore a son in … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Battles,, Books, Edinburgh, Exploration, First World War, history, Military history, Scotland, Scottish battles, Uncategorized, Walter Scott | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Journal from a neglected war

Concentration camps, barbed wire, machine-guns, guerrilla warfare, scorched earth tactics. The words could come from any journal of the Second World War. The names of some of the participants are also familiar: Winston Churchill, Kitchener, Sir John French, Mahatma Gandhi. … Continue reading

Posted in Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders, Battles,, Black Watch, Boer War, history, life experience, military, Military history, Queen Victoria's Wars, Scotland, South Africa, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment