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* Here's one that combines Canadian and Scottish themes  Tunnelling for Victory

** Those who enjoyed reading about the Royal Scots’ Armistice Day battle with the Bolsheviks in 1918might be interested in the same fight as seen from a Canadian viewpoint - Canada’s Winter War

**** Read about the blunder that made Canada an easy target for invasion from the United States - Undefended Border

***** Read about the Second World War's  Lord McHaw Haw                                                 

****** Serious questionmarks over the official version of one the British Army's most dearly held legends - The Real Mackay?

********* It's been a while since I posted a new article. This one's called Temptation

********* Read about how the most Highland of the Highland regiments during the Second World War fared in the Canadian Rockies - Drug Store Commandos.

************ We now have a  Guide to Scottish military museums on this site.  

************* Just weeks before the outbreak of the First World War one of Britain's most bitter enemies walked free from a Canadian jail  - Dynamite Dillon

************** Click to read - - Victoria's Royal Canadians - about one of the more unusual of the British regiments.

************** Read an article about the Royal Scots and their desperate fight against the Bolsheviks on Armistice Day 1918 - Forgotten War A second article, looks at the same battle but through a Canadian lens .

**************No-one has got back to me with a German source for the claim that the kilties during the First World War were known as The Ladies from Hell . See My Challenge to You

**************** A map showing the old Scottish regimental recruiting districts can now be seen by clicking Recruiting Area Map .

***************** The Fighting Men 1746  article now includes the estimated strengths of the Jacobite clan regiments which marched into England in 1745 See Clan Strengths

***************** **I've posted a fresh article - Scotland’s Forgotten Regiments. Guess what it's about.  

******************* The High Court Hearing in London in May 2012 attracted a lot of visitors to this site. See Batang Kali Revisited   

Macho Man
Sometimes I miss the macho of life in the Central Belt of Scotland. Back there, in my day at leadt, if someone spilled your beer in the pub, unless that was a deliberate provocation, they bought you a fresh pint. This did not happen so much in England and I've never seen it in Canada. But this blog isn't purely about nostalgia. Here in Alberta fully grown guys ride their bikes, illegally, on the pavement. That means if pedestrians don't want a punctured spleen as a result of being  hit from behind by a cyclist they  have to shoulder check before stepping around broken glass, dog shit, or dead birds on the pavement. It is not always easy to remember to shoulder check. Many of the cyclists, even if they have a bell, won't ring it to warn pedestrians that they are approaching from behind. In Scotland, at least in my time there, no adult guy would ride on the pavement. That was what little kids  did and was decidedly unmacho. 

White Slavery
The anniversary of abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1832 has just been marked.  There were some present-day Canadian residents of Caribbean descent demanding compensation for what they say are the residual affects of their ancestors' enslavement. I even heard nonsensical claims that Canada was built on slavery. Yes, there was slavery, there were even Gaelic- speaking slaves. But, "Built on Slavery" , I don't think so. But it got me thinking of my ancestors and slavery. A whole branch of the family tree is made up of coal miners. In Scotland, colliers were kept in slavery for something like 200 years because so few people would do the job voluntarily. The last vestiges of their bondage were only removed around 1800 . That's only a generation and a half before the emancipation of the Caribbean slaves. Where do I get the compensation claim form from?

Shameless Plug #9 - With Wellington was among the books recommended as an excellent Christmas present by the prestigious The Society for Army Historical Research. There was another mysterious surge in sales of With Wellington last summer. At the end of May it was the third best selling book about the Peninsular War on the website of one of Britain's biggest booksellers and Number Eighteen in the table for all Napoleonic books.  Last December's  sales surge turned out to be a combination of the venerable Scots Magazine declaring it Book of the Month in its January 2015 edition and a highly favourable review in the Napoleonic Association's newsletter. Scots Magazine's reviewer, nature writer and author, Jim Crumley, declared "I don't much care for military memoirs, but I could not put this one down". Other reviewers have been equally enthusiastic - "If you are interested in the memoirs of British soldiers in the Napoleonic Wars this book is a MUST!... You don't get many Napoleonic memoirs as good as this" and "It is the most candid memoir of the British Army I have ever read... does not pull any punches ... highly entertaining, but also thought provoking..." To have a look at the full reviews check out more about With Wellington  

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