Ten organisations, including churches and charities, clubs and societies, as well as Scottish regiments based in London, came together to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, and to honour the role in the war effort that Scots in London played. Each organisation had its own focus and its own Great War stories to tell.
In addition to a series of events across London, a commemorative book was published in 2018, with chapters contributed by each of the organisations, as well as an assessment of General Haig.
Scots in Great War London: A Community at Home and on the Front Line 1914-1919, was edited by Paul McFarland with Hugh Pym and published by Helion in 2018. It was officially launched by our Royal Patron HRH the Princess Royal, who also contributed the foreword to the book.
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Strike Up, Strike Sure
Duncan de Silva
Drawing on previously unexplored resources from the archives of the London Scottish Regimental Museum, in conjunction with other original research, Duncan de Silva has produced a unique, in-depth historical account of the London Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums.
The book traces their foundations within the Highland Armed Association and Loyal North Britons during the Napoleonic Era, through the formation of the London Scottish Regiment in 1859, in to their wartime exploits during the Boer, First and Second World Wars and includes their peacetime role and influence throughout the Victorian, Edwardian and modern Elizabethan periods.
Children and young people from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families across Scotland, have been at the heart of Forces Children Scotland for over two hundred years.
This book tells a story, through a combination of narrative and pictures, about five of the charity’s beneficiaries, who played their part in an event of international importance in 1895 which was the opening of the Kiel Canal in Germany.
This book outlines the fascinting history of how the Royal Scottish Corporation charity has evolved since its beginnings in 1603.
Once James VI of Scotland had acceded to the English throne in 1603, the number of Scots living in London began to swell significantly as courtiers, merchants and craftsmen followed their king south. These immigrant Scots were not entitled to local parish relief in times of need and a mutual aid society called the 'Scots Box' was immediately established to support the new arrivals and their families. The fund later developed into a longer lasting form of charity when it was granted its first royal charter of incorporation as ' The Scottish Hospital of the Foundation of Charles II' in 1665 as the Great Plague swept through the city. The Charity then became known as the Royal Scottish Corporation.
This book outlines how the charity has evolved alongside the development of London's poor laws, voluntary hospitals, state welfare and care in the community.