Sir James MacDonell by Henry Raeburn, date not listed.
Col. Frederick Gustavus Burnaby of the Royal Horse Guards. A notable officer, author, adventurer, and pioneer ballonist, Burnaby was known in his time as being the “strongest man in the British Army.” After gaining fame from his many adventures and his two books, he volunteered for the 1884 expedition to the Sudan to save General Gordon who was then besieged in Khartoum. Already terminally ill with tuberculosis, he was speared to death at the Battle of Abu Klea while attempting to help a group of sailors bring a Gardner gun back within the safety of the square. He is buried with the other soldiers who perished at Abu Klea, somewhere in the Bayuda desert.
Oh Why Have I Left My Hame by Thomas Faed, 1887.
On this day in 1306, our king, known as Robert the Bruce, was crowned King of Scotland. He would become famous as the man who led Scotland to victory over King Edward II of England at the Battle of Bannockburn, thereby securing Scottish Independence. I only pray that the Scots of the 21st Century have the strength, like their ancestors of old, to do what is best for their country. May we long be ruled by the descendant of this great king, and the Parliament she aids. God Save the Queen!
The Black Bear has long been known as the “going home march” of the Scottish regiments, and ‘tis fitting I think. There is nothing that raises the spirits so suddenly than to be trudging home from a long trip or hard day and hear this tune. Just as many tunes will bring comfort, this one warms the old soul.
“The Last Muster, Sunday at the Royal Hospital-Chelsea” by Hubert von Herkomer, 1875.