The Highland Soldier

"Many's the men who've battled foe
many the number slain,
many the lads have fallen though
Scotland shall rise again."

The Highland Soldier fought many a  battle, not only within the British Isles, but throughout Europe as well; Often fighting for fortune as well as honor.  There are many stories about the Scottish soldier dating back nearly two thousand years, from the feared king "Conn of the Hundred Battles" and the "Dalriadic" kings of the Fourth through the Eighth Centuries, right through to "Bonnie" Prince Charlie (and the Jacobites) in the Eighteenth Century.  Warriors immortalized in history such as Macbeth, Robert the Bruce, William Wallace, Rob Roy MacGregor immediately spring to mind, yet, the list of great Highlanders and their adventures is endless. 

Although the clans often fought among themselves, Scotland was continually fighting off invaders; the Vikings, the Romans, and, of course, the English.  Their fight for freedom has been long and arduous to say the least, and although subdued in 1746 at the battle of Culloden, Scotland has remained its own nation.  Even today there are those in Highland places who still raise their glasses as they have for centuries and proudly toast....

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