Monday, May 18, 2015

Eagles in Edinburgh

Not much from me of late as I've been away in Wirral where my Mum's now out of hospital (hurray!) or up in Edinburgh on a slightly early 25th Anniversary break with Stella.

Our arrival in Scotland's capital coincided with the opening of a small Waterloo exhibit at the National Museum of Scotland.  I say small, there are probably only a couple of dozen artefacts in about five cases but two of them are these...

Reunited for the first time since 1956, these are the two French eagles captured at Waterloo.  The one on the left, that of the 45th Line Infantry Regiment is the very one captured by Sergeant Charles Ewart of the North British Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys).

And later the same day, in the parade ground before Edinburgh Castle we came upon Ewart's final resting place....

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