The first Highland regiment, the Black Watch was originally raised from clans openly loyal to the status quo to police the Highlands, which were deemed to be both rebellious and lawless by the contemporary British …
The first Highland regiment, the Black Watch was originally raised from clans openly loyal to the status quo to police the Highlands, which were deemed to be both rebellious and lawless by the contemporary British establishment.
However, due to a pressing need for personnel in North America during the Seven Years’ War, William Pitt the elder made the decision to raise new Highland regiments to fight in this imperial war. The war ended victory and among other things, Canada was secured as a part of the British Empire, while the British East India Company’s position in India was consolidated and expanded, both at the expense of the French. These Highland regiments were disbanded after the war, but other Highland regiments were later raised and, like the rest of the British Army, saw service in various wars including in the British colonization of India and the Peninsular War.
By the Victorian era the loyalty of the Highlanders was no longer suspect. Moreover perhaps due to Queen Victoria’s well-known love for all things Scottish, in particular things pertaining to the Highlands, as well as the celebrated role of Highland regiments in Victorian conflicts such as the Crimean War and the putting down of the Indian Mutiny, the Highland regiments earned a reputation which influenced the mindset of Scottish regiments which are thoroughly Lowland in origin.
Among other things, this resulted in the wearing of tartan by Lowland regiments which previously wore uniforms not clearly distinguishable from their Irish, Welsh and English counterparts. Also the world-wide popularity of the Great Highland Bagpipe owes much to the regimental bagpipe band present all over the world due to the stationing of Highland regiments throughout the British Empire and their role in many wars fought by Britain. Many extant Highland regiments that are not in the armed forces of the United Kingdom have formed formal honorary affiliations with Highland regiments therein.
Hello friends, today would have been the start of our Celtic Faire but, as we all know now, there are much more important issues going on. We wanted to take a moment to thank all the performers, bands, musicians, volunteers, support staff, vendors, & clans. Without all of them, this never would have existed at all.
While we look towards a big return in 2021, here’s a poem from the greatest of all time, Robert Burns:
Hello friends, I have the unfortunate responsibility to let everyone know that, despite how hard we worked and how many unique ways we tried, we just won’t be able to make this event happen in 2020.
There are just to many obstacles for us to continue moving forward. We, the very small skeleton crew this year, worked really hard to bring this event back to life but this morning we agreed that it’s just not in everyone’s best interest. We really appreciate all the Highland Games athletes that were willing to compete, the vendors that signed up to bring their unique foods & wares, the bands we booked, the pipe & drums, the dancers, and volunteers that, in the face of everything going on, were willing to travel here and do what they love to do. They’re all the best people we could possibly imagine working for and alongside.
The most important part was not doing a halfway job. We only wanted to do this faire & games if we could do it correctly and provide our region the high level of execution they deserve and expect. While I know something may be better than nothing, that’s not our philosophy.
Now we will hit the reset button and start working on 2021 with more time on our hands to bring you a better and 100% running Celtic Faire & Highland Games. The thing we appreciate the most was the buzz created by our guests that show up every year to celebrate Celtic history with us! We’ll keep that momentum going into the next year and will see you at our annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl in 2021!
míle buíochas a ghabháil leat -VP Jon McNutt
Had we never lov’d sae kindly,
Had we never lov’d sae blindly!
Never met—or never parted,
We had ne’er been broken-hearted.
The cult of St Andrew came to the east of Scotland from Europe in the 9th century (c.834 AD). It was distinct from the early Celtic church, which came from Ireland, and the traditions of the different groups of peoples who had lived there in earlier centuries.
The cult soon became well established, and many people went on pilgrimages to St Andrews, its centre. Pilgrims believed that the relics of St Andrew had been brought there by St Rule (a.k.a Saint Regulus). According to legend, St Andrew, one of Christ’s disciples, was crucified on an X-shaped cross.
According to the various accounts Regulus was either shipwrecked or told by an angel to stop intentionally on the shores of Fife at the spot called Kilrymont, a Pictish settlement which is now St. Andrews. Here he was welcomed by a Pictish king, Óengus I (fl. 732-761, mac Fergus-the-Tall). Regulus is claimed to have brought three fingers of the saint’s right hand, the upper bone of an arm, one kneecap, and one of his teeth.
By the early 14th century, St Andrew was recognised as ‘patron and protector’ of the Scots, replacing St Columba. His symbol, the Saltire, was adopted as the national emblem. It was carried at the field of Bannockburn in 1314 along with the Brec Bennoch of St Columba, which has in the past been associated with the Monymusk reliquary, also in the National Museum of Scotland.
Images of St Andrew are also found in the Jacobite collection, in particular on the badges of the Order of the Thistle, the greatest Order of Chivalry in Scotland. The Order was established by James VII and II in 1687, to reward Scottish peers who supported his political and religious aims. After his exile to France, the deposed King continued to use it to encourage loyalty among his supporters. The Order continues today […] Bonnie Prince Charlie was keen to emphasise his Scottish roots to encourage support, dressing in tartan during his ill-fated time in Scotland, which ended with his defeat at the Battle of Culloden.
For centuries the Saltire has been used as a symbol of the Scottish people, and it continues to represent the nation today – on earth and in space! His flag was flown at Holyrood and then taken on space shuttle mission STS-116 to the International Space Station by astronaut Nick Patrick, whose mother came from Skye.
“ST ANDREW and the SALTIRE.” National Museums of Scotland. [https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore-our-collections/stories/scottish-history-and-archaeology/st-andrew-and-the-saltire/]. 2019. web.
“Ancient North Scotland.” The Highland Monthly – Volume 2. Edinburgh: JOHN MENZIES & CO. c.1890-91. p.546. Print.
“The Duan Albanach (Song of the Scots) .” the Lebor Bretnach. Nennius. Trans, William F Skene. Chronicles Of The Picts – Chronicles Of The Scots And Other Early Memorials Of Scottish History. H.M. General Register House, Edinburgh. 1867. Print.