Hi sent this to Amy as well, but the trousers Louis is wearing are Black Watch Tartan - here's the history bit - The Royal Highland Regiment called The Black Watch were successfully evacuated from Dunkirk. 😳
Remember your 40k guardsman that you commission me to draw?I forget, but what was his story? Is he apart of a Highlander type of regiment or something? I thought he's pretty cool!
Ah, this guy:
He is a soldier of the Morphean Highland Regiments of Foot, an Imperial Guard regiment I created because I saw that there was a distinct lack of Scots-based Imperial Guard regiments, both in the canon and fanon.
Outlander is back, so it seems only fitting to do a Scottish themed FRIDAY FASHION FACT! Nothing is more instantly associated with Scotland than a tartan kilt. There are a lot of myths surrounding the history of this national fashion, so lets set the fact straight.
In about the
8th Century BCE, the pre-Celtic Hallstatt culture of central Europe
created a simplistic check-patterned fabric. As the Celtic culture
developed, so did their tartans, and when they spread to Scotland, their
fabrics went with them. The earliest known tartan in Scotland was the
3rd century Falkirk Tartan, a simple gingham-like check pattern which is
still very common today, particularly in menswear. The pattern took
several more centuries to develop into what we now think of as tartan.
It wasn’t until the late 16th Century that the pattern became popular
Many people believe that this is when clan
tartans began. While this is incorrect, it is an understandable mistake.
Towns and villages would have a very limited number of fabric makers,
possibly just one, and these fabric makers would each create their own
distinct tartans. Since families tended to stay in the same area for
generation upon generation, they would wear the same few tartans. It was
more a matter of limited access to different tartans, instead of
“official” clan tartans. Additionally, tartans from the same region
tended to have the same color scheme, due to the natural dyes available
in those regions. Therefore, it was often possible to identify where a
person came from based on the colors of their tartan.
big turning point in the history of tartan was when Scotland and England
officially unified at the beginning of the 18th Century. There was some extremely bad blood between England and Scotland, to say the very least (which, evidenced by the recent
election, still remains to this day), but the tension was amplified by
the fact that Parliament had dethroned the Stuart House, and placed the
Hanover House as monarchs. The Jacobites, who supported the Stuarts,
rebelled repeatedly for decades in an attempt to restore the throne. The
Jacobites and their supporters proudly sported tartan. In an attempt to
squash their cause, the government instated the Dress Act of 1746,
which banned tartan completely, with the exception of the British
Highland Regiments’ uniforms. Eventually, for a variety of reasons, the
Jacobite Rebellions ended, and with the persuasion of the Highland
Society of London, the Dress Act was repealed in 1782.
big turning point for tartan was during the Romantic Era, beginning in
the 1820s. It was dubbed Romantic for a reason, as the poets, novelists,
and artists began romanticizing history. Sir Walter Scott wrote about
the Jacobites, and King George IV visited Scotland, then had his
portrait painted in full Highland Dress. Shortly before this time, in
1815, the Highland Society of London began to put together an official
registration of clan tartans- the start of official clan tartans. Tartan
officially became a craze when in 1848, Queen Victoria purchased
Balmoral Castle. Scottish fashion swept the nation, and the pattern
remains stylish to this day.
As for kilts, to put it very simply,
they began in the 16th Century as a large piece of fabric draped over
the shoulder. It was so long, that soon men began to wrap the long end
around their waist. This was known as a “belted plaid.” It was often in
tartan, but not always. Basically, the kilt was developed and perfected
from there. The pleats were added to make the garment more polished, and
less bulky. So sorry, Braveheart fans, but William Wallace never wore a kilt.
Want to learn more about the history of tartan and kilts? Check out these books:
Scottish National Dress and Tartan, by Stuart Reid
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Tartan, by Iain Zaczek
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November 13, 1963: President Kennedy with his wife, Jacqueline, and their two children, watch from the balcony as the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment perform on the White House lawn. The Kennedy’s invited 1,700 children, from childcare agencies, to see the program.
The Battle of Brier Creek, 1779, showing the 2nd Battalion 71st Highland Regiment ready to lead Britain to a decisive victory over Brigadier-General Ashe’s North Carolinians and Georgians. Art by Graham Turner.
Retired Black Watch (3rd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Also called the Royal Highland Regiment), ex CEO of O'Shea Arms Mfg.( pre- fall of OW), current CEO of a Private Military Firm known as the Silent Sovereigns.
Athena Cavanaugh, wife (deceased).
–2036 Tamesin is born
– 2041 First Omnic Crisis begins. Dallas Cavanaugh (father) is in the military and helps with offense against omnic uprising. Tamesin is 5
– 2046 Overwatch Founded, Lorna Cavanaugh (mother) joins OW as administrator. Father is medically discharged from service for back injury. Tamesin is 10
– 2051 Omnic Crisis ends, Mother moves to Switzerland to work at Swiss OW HQ, Dallas and Tamesin remain in Scotland so he can finish school. Tamesin is 15.
– 2056 Tamesin is 20, joins the Queen’s army and his father moves out to Swiss HQ to be with mother.
– 2061 Tamesin is honorably discharged from service in the military and begins working for an Arms making Firm known as O'Shea Arms MFG. Tamesin is 25
– 2063 Tamesin is 27.Meets Athena at a Military symposium where she was giving a presentation on Medical assistance in the Military.
– 2066 Tamesin is 30 and rises to leadership in the O'Shea firm. Starts dealing as side hobby with the company. Starts dealing with OW’s “Blackwatch.”
– 2070 Tamesin is 34. Swiss OW HQ explosion, he loses both parents and stops arms dealing/making. Turns arms firm into private military firm, Silent Sovereigns
– 2071 Tamesin is 35, marries Athena. Overwatch is disbanded.
– 2072 Tamesin is 36. 2nd Omnic Crisis begins. Silent Sovereigns booming as there’s a need for any able bodied military to help with omnic crisis.
– 2074 Tamesin is 38. Athena passes away thanks to complications due to a chemical explosion while she was with a humanitarian program in England against the Omnics.
– 2076 Tamesin is 40. Still CEO of Silent Sovereigns, Overwatch Recall issued.
On this day 26 February in 1852, the Wreck of HMS Birkenhead, one of the most famous disasters in British naval history occurred. It is remembered as a classic example of the British characteristics of steadfastness, discipline and self-sacrifice.
She had sailed from Simon’s Bay, South Africa on 25 February 1852 with between 630 and 643 British soldiers, from regiments throughout the UK, and women and children. They were heading to Algoa Bay to take the soldiers to fight in the 8th Xhosa War.
In the early hours of the 26 February, she struck an uncharted rock. 100 soldiers drowned immediately in their berths. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Seton, of the 74th Highland Regiment of Foot, commanded the troops aboard HMS Birkenhead. Seton was from Mounie in Aberdeenshire.
Before she sank, the captain of the ship called out that “all those who can swim jump overboard, and make for the boats”.
Seton, however, recognising that rushing the lifeboats would risk swamping them and endangering the women and children, ordered the men to stand to attention and wait.
Hence was born the first documented application of the phrase “women and children first” which became known as “the Birkenhead Drill” after it was further popularised in Rudyard Kipling’s 1893 poem “Soldier an’ Sailor Too”.
Tragically, only 193 people were to survive the incident. A memorial in St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, today bears the following inscription:
“In memory of Lieut.-Colonel Alexander Seton, Ensign Alex. C. Russell, and forty-eight N.C.O.s and men of the 74th Highlanders who were drowned at the wreck of H.M.S. ‘Birkenhead’ on the 26th February 1852, off Point Danger, Cape of Good Hope, after all the women and children on board had been safely landed in the ship’s boats.”
Other places bear witness to the loss including a plaque on the wall of St Mary’s Church in Bury St Edmunds, which remembers the men of the Suffolk Regiment who were lost in the disaster.
The painting with the Bugle Boy is entitled “The Wreck of the Birkenhead” (1899) by Lance Calkin. The other is “The Wreck of the Birkenhead” (ca 1892) by Thomas M Hemy.
The Thin Red Line was a military action by the British Sutherland Highlanders 93rd (Highland) Regiment at the Battle of Balaklava on 25 October 1854, during the Crimean War. In this incident, the 93rd, aided by a small force of Royal Marines and some Turkish infantrymen, led by Sir Colin Campbell, routed a Russian cavalry charge. Previously, Campbell’s Highland Brigade had taken part in actions at the Battle of Alma and the Siege of Sevastopol. There were more Victoria Crosses presented to the Highland soldiers at that time than at any other. The event was galvanized in the British press and became an icon of the qualities of the British soldier in a war that was poorly managed and increasingly unpopular.