The Scottish Soldier: Image and Reality, c.1870-1920

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The kilted Scottish soldier is an iconic figure that has become synonymous with Britain’s Empire and military achievement. This course will consider Scottish soldiers’ role in the British imperial project, focusing on their contribution to the various colonial campaigns of the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the First World War. Using a range of contemporary reports published in books, magazines and period newspapers, and considering the many visual representations of the Scottish soldier (portraits, statues, memorials etc.), the course will focus on how the Scottish soldier is characterised in popular culture and whether this iconic figure is more image than reality.

Week 1: The Scottish Soldier: Origins and Identity
Week 2: The Scottish Soldier: Regiment and Reputation c.1815-1920
Week 3: Victoria’s ‘Little Wars’, c.1870-1881
Week 4: The Highland Brigade and the Second
Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902
Week 5: ‘Khaki Cavaliers’: The Imperial Yeomanry, 1900-1902
Week 6: The Ladies From Hell: Scotland and the Great War, 1914-1918
Week 7: ‘A Grand Advance at Great Cost’: Loos, 25 September 1915
Week 8: Memory and Memorialisation
Period20 Sept 201829 Nov 2018
Held atSt Andrews Open Association, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionLocal