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  • Gairloch musicians drum up historic pipe band victory

    03/24/2017 1:49:38 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 6 replies
    Ross-Shire Journal ^ | 18 March 2017
    A team of young musicians from Gairloch High School came away with their first competition win last weekend by taking first place in the Debut B competition at the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships in Edinburgh.   The Championships were established in 2013 with the main aims of encouraging the formation of new schools pipe bands, celebrating Scotland’s musical tradition and the talent of young people.   Pipers and drummers, led by S6 pupil Fraser Wotherspoon, played two marches in front of a panel of expert judges who granted them unanimous first place across both piping and drumming.   This...
  • Obituary: Lieutenant Colonel Alastair Rose, army officer who served with The Black Watch . . .

    09/25/2016 8:39:58 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 6 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 20 September 2016 | Alasdair Steven
    "Lieutenant Colonel Alastair Rose, officer who saw service with both The Black Watch and the Gurkhas. Born 22 February 1926 in Glasgow. Died. 2 September 2016, aged 90 Lieutenant Alastair Rose saw service in the Far East and proved a fine ambassador for both The Black Watch and the Gurkhas – regiments which he admired throughout his life. He served them loyally and remained a great upholder of their traditions. This was evidenced when his coffin was carried from Birse and Feughside Church and it was accompanied by the pipes of the Gurkhas. Rose had done much to spread and...
  • VIDEO: Thousands enjoy 175th Lonach Gathering in glorious sunshine

    09/02/2016 4:45:42 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 10 replies
    The Press and Journal ^ | 26 August 2016 | Francesca Marshall
    Hundreds of Highlanders marched through the glens of Aberdeenshire at the weekend to mark the 175th anniversary of the Lonach Gathering. The Lonach Highlanders, the largest body of non-military men to carry ceremonial weapons in Britain, were joined on their marches by Europe’s only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Around 9,000 spectators turned out to celebrate the games, with organisers hailing the day’s events as the best attended in recorded history. The day featured six pipe bands from across Scotland including who were joined by the pipes and drums of the Royal Guard from the Royal Highland Fusiliers. Drum major...
  • Military spectacle draws thousands to Perth

    08/26/2016 1:43:01 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 18 replies
    The Courier.co.uk ^ | 21 August 2016 | Jamie Buchan
    Perth kept the City of Culture launch party going with its own military tattoo. Around 400 performers from across the globe took part in a scaled-down version of the Edinburgh Castle spectacular. Thousands lined the streets to watch a procession of colourful troupes including the world renowned King’s Guard of Norway. An arena was set up on the North Inch for an hour-long show. The event was organised by Perth and Kinross Council to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the Treaty of Perth. The historic document ended a bitter feud between Scotland and Norway. As well as performers from Scotland...
  • 10 brilliant sights that sum up the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green

    08/13/2016 4:04:15 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 12 replies
    Glasgow Live ^ | 13 August 2016 | GILLIAN LONEY
    The pipes and drums have been calling all day - here's what you might have missed at Glasgow Green today. < There are lots of reasons to love Glasgow in August - but the return of the World Pipe Band Championships may just be the biggest. The Worlds took place at Glasgow Green yesterday and today, coinciding with Piping Live! and bringing bands from across Scotland, the UK and the rest of globe together.
  • In pictures: Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo opening night

    08/05/2016 5:31:24 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 29 replies
    STVNews ^ | 5 August 2016 | Laura Piper
    The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has once again returned to the city with an explosive performance from the castle esplanade. The Tattoo, now in its 66th year, got under way last night for its first audience preview with a spectacular mix of dancers, drumming and no shortage of bagpipes. A world famous event, which hosts more than 220,000 spectators during its run, the Tattoo is watched by an estimated 100 million people on television each year. Performers from almost 50 countries have taken part in the show and this year is no different, with the King's Guard of Norway a...
  • Royal Highland Fusiliers welcomed home from Kabul

    06/11/2016 5:18:38 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 7 replies
    Edinburgh Evening News ^ | 11 June 2016 | DIANE KING
    The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), marched through Penicuik yesterday afternoon before attending a civic reception as guests of the Lord ­Lieutenant and the Provost of Midlothian. Proud relatives and locals turned out to wish them well as they marked their return from operational duties as part of the UK’s commitment to the Nato mission in Kabul. Troops have been providing protection for the Afghan security forces undergoing training, with some soldiers having been away from home for as long as nine months. The battalion took the opportunity to thank the wider community...
  • Royal Regiment of Scotland celebrates tenth anniversary with pipes and drums march through Edinburgh

    04/23/2016 4:27:51 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 23 replies
    Daily Record & Sunday Mail ^ | 23 April 2016 | STEPHEN STEWART
    SCOTLAND’S super-regiment celebrated their 10th birthday in stunning style yesterday. Crowds flocked to see the Royal Regiment of Scotland march through Edinburgh with flying colours to mark their historic anniversary. Regimental mascot Cruachan IV, a Shetland pony, was cheered by onlookers as he led the parade featuring an honour guard of 100 soldiers with the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland and the pipes and drums of 2 SCOTS, The Royal Highland Fusiliers. Senior officer Major General James Cowan said: “Our soldiers are proud to parade in Edinburgh symbolising the support we receive from the wider community across Scotland...
  • The Freeper Canteen Salutes the U.S. Marine Corps on its 240th Birthday!

    11/09/2015 5:57:55 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 107 replies
    Serving the Best Troops and Veterans in the World! | 10 November 2015 | The Canteen Crew
    The FReeper Canteen Salutes theU.S. Marine CorpsOn Its 240th Birthday10 November 1775 ~ 10 November 2015 Semper Fidelis!(Always Faithful!) O ETERNAL FATHER, we commend to Thy protection and care the members of the Marine Corps. Guide and direct them in the defense of our country and in the maintenance of justice among nations. Protect them in the hour of danger. Grant that wherever they serve they may be loyal to their high traditions and that at all times they may put their trust in Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Marine Corps Prayer by Bishop SherrillFormer Presiding Bishop...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (3 November 2015) [Prayer]

    11/03/2015 5:19:08 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2 November 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem "Satan Before The Lord"Corrado Giaquinto: c. 1750 Character Studies From The Bible JOB 1  In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. 4 His sons used to hold feasts in their...
  • Black Watch Well rededication ceremony

    11/01/2015 4:28:40 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 18 replies
    The Royal Gazette ^ | 23 October 2015
    Soldiers from the Black Watch revisited the well dug by their forebears in 1849 — thought to be the first time the famous regiment has returned to the spot since. The pipes and drums of the legendary Scottish regiment, now the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, performed yesterday as the relandscaped Black Watch Well off North Shore Road, Pembroke, was officially opened by Governor George Fergusson and Public Works Minister Craig Cannonier. Mr Fergusson, whose late father Brigadier Charles Fergusson was commanding officer of the 1st Battalion of the Black Watch, said: "Their predecessors dug this well...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/30/15) [Prayer]

    10/30/2015 6:18:14 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 30 October 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah Nehemiah's Final Reforms 13  On that day the Book of Moses was read aloud in the hearing of the people and there it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever be admitted into the assembly of God, 2 because they had not met the Israelites with food and water but had hired Balaam to call a curse down on them. (Our God, however, turned the curse into a blessing.) 3 When the people heard this law, they excluded from Israel all who were of foreign...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/26/15) [Prayer]

    10/28/2015 7:59:33 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 28 October 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah Priests and Levites 12  These were the priests and Levites who returned with Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and with Joshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, 2 Amariah, Malluk, Hattush, 3 Shekaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, 4 Iddo, Ginnethon,[a] Abijah, 5 Mijamin,[b] Moadiah, Bilgah, 6 Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah, 7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah and Jedaiah. These were the leaders of the priests and their associates in the days of Joshua. 8 The Levites were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and also Mattaniah, who, together with his associates, was in charge of the songs of...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/26/15) [Prayer],

    10/27/2015 12:48:38 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 7 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 27 October 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah 11  Now the leaders of the people settled in Jerusalem. The rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of every ten of them to live in Jerusalem, the holy city, while the remaining nine were to stay in their own towns. 2 The people commended all who volunteered to live in Jerusalem. 3 These are the provincial leaders who settled in Jerusalem (now some Israelites, priests, Levites, temple servants and descendants of Solomon’s servants lived in the towns of Judah, each on their own property...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/26/15) [Prayer]

    10/26/2015 6:58:13 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 8 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 26 October 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah 10  [a]Those who sealed it were: Nehemiah the governor, the son of Hakaliah. Zedekiah, 2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, 3 Pashhur, Amariah, Malkijah, 4 Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluk, 5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, 6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch, 7 Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, 8 Maaziah, Bilgai and Shemaiah. These were the priests. 9 The Levites: Jeshua son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel, 10 and their associates: Shebaniah, Hodiah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan, 11 Mika, Rehob, Hashabiah, 12 Zakkur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah, 13 Hodiah, Bani and Beninu. 14 The leaders of the...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/25/15) [Prayer]

    10/25/2015 2:38:30 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 12 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 25 October 2015
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah The Israelites Confess Their Sins 9  On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and putting dust on their heads. 2 Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners. They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the sins of their ancestors. 3 They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (10/24/15) [Prayer]

    10/24/2015 2:03:05 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 12 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 24 October 2015
    Skip to comments.Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(10/23/15)[Prayer] The Holy Scriptures | 10/23/15 | left that other site Posted on 10/23/2015 3:06:24 AM PDT by left that other site Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem "Ezra Reading the Law to the People" Gustave Doré Character Studies From The Bible Nehemiah  8 1 all the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded for Israel. 2 So on the first day of the seventh...
  • Alleged Oregon Shooter Discharged From Army After Suicide Attempt

    10/08/2015 3:38:08 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 43 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 7, 2015 8:46 p.m. | Dan Frosch and Ben Kesling
    The alleged gunman who killed nine people and wounded nine others at a rural community college in Oregon last Thursday had been discharged from the Army after attempting to commit suicide, according to law-enforcement officials familiar with the case. Christopher Harper-Mercer, who was 26 years old at the time of the shooting, was discharged from basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., after just one month in 2008. The Army said it couldn’t confirm details of his discharge due to privacy regulations. But law-enforcement officials familiar with the investigation into last week’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg said...
  • City to ring to skirl of pipes as Norwegian brass band joins Perth Highland Games

    08/09/2015 11:54:17 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 7 replies
    The Courier.co.uk ^ | 8 August 2015 | Paul Reoch
    Mfont size=4>Perth Highland Games – one of the most popular events to be held in the city – is to attract a sizeable crowd on Sunday. This year’s games chieftain will be Brigadier Michael Jameson, Lord Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross. He will preside over a full programme of traditional Highland Games competitions, along with special performances by a visiting Norwegian brass band. Visitors to the games will be able to enjoy scores of events, including heavyweight competitions and a track programme that will see Scottish Championships medals being awarded in the 90m foot and 1,000m cycle races. Solo piping...
  • Forfar 2015: 70th anniversary of VE Day Slideshow

    06/20/2015 12:27:47 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 4 replies
    Arbroath Herald ^ | 12 June 2015 | Mark Dowie
    Eyes lifted skywards as the evocative sight of a lone Spitfire over Forfar signalled the official start of VE Day celebrations. The fly-past by replica fighter aircraft began a day-long commemoration organised by Legion Scotland marking 70 years since the end of the War in Europe. The 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe was commemorated at the Market Muir and Station Park, Forfar, on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Pic by Andy Thompson) Beginning with an afternoon of entertainment at the Market Muir, the day featured military bands, vehicle displays and a special performance by 1940s dance troupe, The Kennedy Cupcakes....