Yesterday as I described our assault on the Edinburgh Castle, I posted a picture of this crypt, having noted as I approached the single word causes Sarge to focus like a laser. That word would be "Waterloo!"
As the inscription reads, the Ensign was able to capture the Standard of the French 45th Regiment from which the Royal Scots Greys Insignia was developed.
Near to the top of the Castle (not AT the top, but Near the top), were two regimental museums. One for the Royal Dragoons and the other for the Royal Scots Greys. Mrs Juvat was concerned about the missing baggage and wanted to call to see if there was any progress (or maybe to pause, sit down and catch her breath, or both), so she elected to avail herself of the bench outside whilst I was allowed to proceed in.
|I'm pretty sure the brass medallion reads "Mrs Juvat was here, March 13, 2017"|
The first of these exhibits was this one.
This handsome young Sergeant is doing what good Sergeants do best. He's carrying his Officer on his back and out of harms way. During the Battle at Waterloo, the Regimental Colors were being carried by Ensign Kennedy. At some point, the Ensign was mortally wounded, and the Sergeant attempted to retrieve the colors from him. The Ensign would not give them up, so the Sergeant picked him up and carried him off the field.
The French were so impressed, that they held fire until they were off the battlefield.
That little vignette hits so many of the "Juvat List of Personal Characteristics to Strive for in Life" that it is a must include. The fact that is occurred at Sarge's personal favorite battle, was icing on the cake.
The second of the exhibits was this one.
Now, our Host calls himself "Old AF Sarge", and I suppose that's so on many levels. However, he doesn't hold a candle to Sergeant William Hiseland.
During the Battle at MalPlaque, which for those of you who are not as versed in the Martial history of Europe in the late 1600's as Sarge is (that would be me), took place in the Wars of Spanish Succession and was the fourth victorious battle won by the Duke of Marlborough for the English. (I know, NOW you remember!)
In any case, Sergeant Hiseland of the Royal Scots Greys took part in the battle at age 89. That, in and of itself is fascinating, however, the good Sergeant survived the war, eventually retiring and taking his pension at 100. He lived in a retirement home in Chelsea until he turned 103, then was kicked out because he got married. Lived a blissful married life until finally passing at 112.
So...Sarge, My Friend, this diverticulitis thing? You still got 50 years til your certifiably THE Old AF Sarge, better get back in the saddle.
Finally, there's this one.
At the battle of Malplaquet, on the other end of the age spectrum, was a 3 week old baby. Private McBain's wife had delivered and decided to return to Scotland, so as he's marching off to the battle, she hands him his infant son. Having no other options, he puts the child in his knapsack and goes off and fights the battle.
Now, before I left for Scotland, I had asked Sarge what his ancestral clans were just in case I ran across something cool from them. He had said his paternal Grandmother was a "Bain". Now, according to this site, one of the Septs (a family division) of MacBain is "Bain".
So...It's a small world isn't it? Apparently, two of the Sarge's ancestors, fought in a large battle in the 1700's (and won!). But...Do we really know if it was one of Sarge's ancestors in the knapsack? or was it the OLD Sarge hisself? Cue Twilight Zone music!
All kidding aside, The Royal Scots Greys have fought in many significant engagements throughout the years and have a lot of proud history behind them. Spending a little time in their museum was enjoyable and enlightening.
Well worth the visit.