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with the Highland Regiment.38 The platoon’s precarious competence is emphasised by the fortuitous quality of its victories over its local rivals and the army – as well as over the real enemy on the rare occasions when it confronts Germans.39 As in wartime cartoons, so in Dad’s Army, the Home Guard is frequently misunderstood by the army and oppressed by military regulations. Mainwaring is uncomfortable in the presence of ‘professional soldiers’ and is, on occasion, humiliated by them, while striving to fulfil to the letter (usually ineffectually) the army instructions

in Contesting home defence

field guns followed, plus 700 men of the 72nd Highland Regiment.27 A special meeting of the city justices passed a resolution rendering all citizens on the city roll liable to be sworn as special constables, and eventually over 2,000 were recruited.28 The trial proceeded under a Special Commission as authorised by the Treason Felony Act passed at the height of the multiple anxieties of 1848. Under this any person proven to have been involved in the planning or execution of an offence was as guilty as those who actually carried it out. The commission was presided over

in The Irish in Manchester c. 1750–1921

nineteenth-century clearances and reinforced by the polemic of writers, poets and politicians. Such sentiments were particularly acute in the Outer Hebrides, which was not only the scene of some of the most notorious evictions, but also the area where – despite the Board of Agriculture’s wartime claims – chronic overcrowding and poverty in many townships gave particular poignancy to Lloyd George’s promise to provide ‘homes fit for heroes’. Highland regiments had played a distinguished part in the Great War, as they had in many

in Emigration from Scotland between the wars

Islandlwana in 1879; the Royal Artillery; the City Imperial Volunteers; and a variety of Highland regiments. Russell discerns three distinct images of the soldier in the music-hall songs: the soldier as Romeo (e.g. There’s Something About a soldier ); the soldier as warrior; the soldier as veteran. Analysing their content, he sees death being sanitized, language stylized, and the enemy rarely appearing

in Imperialism and music

before death and eternal damnation afterwards. 124 British soldiers sent to India offered ample testimony to the scale of British retaliation against both military and civilian targets. Sergeant David McAusland of the 42nd Highland Regiment recalled that during his service in Bareilly during the Rebellion, ‘three scaffolds and six whipping posts stood outside of the town along side of the jail and there

in Martial races

subsequent fate. Pringle’s group on the Brilliant landed at the same time as a notable, and well documented Wesleyan Methodist party under the leadership of Hezekiah Sephton. 86 The township at Algoa Bay was tiny, but the Scots must have been a little reassured by the fact that the 72nd Highland Regiment was the garrison at Fort Frederick, which commanded the anchorage. Pringle

in The Scots in South Africa

Pondoland, eventually reaching up to the border of Natal. Scots military men and missionaries were to be involved in this frontier region almost from the start of British entanglements there. Robert Hart (1776–1867), from Strathaven, in Lanarkshire, arrived at the Cape with the 78th Highland Regiment in 1795. 6 He was involved (as an ordinary soldier) in the suppression of the

in The Scots in South Africa
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The Church and education

. The first formal practice of Presbyterian worship was for whites, and soldiers, only. It probably occurred in relation to the lengthy service of the 93rd Highland Regiment (the Sutherland Fencibles) at the Cape. 21 There were no military chaplains at that period, but around 1808 the troops founded a Calvinist Society ‘for worship and mutual edification’. 22 In 1812 the Rev. George Thom, still in

in The Scots in South Africa
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Scotland’s son

Highland regiments played in imperial service helped to undermine Lowlander hostility. The Jacobite Highlanders thus underwent a rapid ‘metamorphosis from faithless traitors to national heroes’. 71 This process continued into the nineteenth century, as Walter Scott began to romanticise the Highlands and to employ them as a symbol of the whole of Scotland. The construction of Scotland as a Highland country

in Livingstone’s ‘Lives’

British and English politics and society, as Scotsmen parlayed colonial success into English estates, businesses and parliamentary patronage.56 The imperial deeds of Irish, Welsh or Highland regiments, like parliamentary arguments over the shared or diverse political rights and duties of ‘British’ colonial settlers, could be seen as inclusive or as divisive by historians at the end of the twentieth century, in ways which might reflect contemporary debates or uncertainties about ‘Britishness’. If Hancock and Coupland in an earlier generation had linked the ‘unity’ of the

in Empire and history writing in Britain c.1750–2012