Even the Highland regiments were having problems recruiting enough Scots to fill their ranks by the 1860s. Irishmen in particular were well represented in their ranks. One Scottish general was extolling the fighting qualities of his fellow countrymen at a banquet in India and pointed out a piper to his fellow diners as a prime example of Highland manhood. “What part of Scotland do you come from my man?” he finally asked the piper. “Tipperary, your honour, Sir”, was the reply.

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