During the Thirty Years War in northern Europe the appearance of Scots mercenaries often struck fear deep into the hearts of the troops they faced. Well aware of this, one Swedish general had his German mercenaries bang out the distinctive “Scots March” on their drums as they attacked the Catholic troops of Imperial Army at Donauworth, in what is now southern Germany,  in 1632. But instead of faltering, the Imperial troops charged the Germans and it took the arrival of some real Scots soldiers to save the day. No-one is sure today what the “Scots March” sounded like but several experts believe it is the tune now known as “Dumbarton’s Drums”.


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