Re-enactment event in Perthshire will take residents back to the Boer War

By Douglas Dickie

A re-enactment event will take place this month in a Perthshire town.

Dunkeld Archives will put on the extravaganza in tribute to the Scottish Horse regiment, which was headquartered in Dunkeld from 1903.

There will be a re-enactment group dressed in Boer War, WWI and WWII Scottish Horse uniforms with all of the kit they would have used.

Modern soldiers, along with the pipe band, from the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry will also be in attendance, along with a ‘Jackal’ armoured vehicle.

A medical tent will be set up showing old and new kit while the archive will be open to allow visitors to learn about the regiment’s history.

The Scottish Horse was raised in 1900 during the Boer War, with the Duke of Atholl taking on the role as commander.

A spokesperson for the Dunkeld Archives explained: “In October 1900, Lord Kitchener took over command of the forces in South Africa. New regiments of mounted infantry were required due to the Boer generals carrying out guerilla warfare over a huge area of open country.

“Under the command of the Marquis of Tullibardine (who became the Duke of Atholl), the Scottish Horse made quite a name for itself.

“It was disbanded when peace was signed on May 31, 1902, but on Tullibardine’s return home, he was commissioned to recruit two regiments in Scotland to carry on the name and the honours of the regiment.

“The Scottish Horse went on to fight in both world wars. It amalgamated with the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry in 1956, and its lineage is maintained by ‘C’ Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse Squadron of the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry.”

Dunkeld Archive currently holds the regimental archive for Scottish Horse.

The event will take place at Stanley Park in Dunkeld on Saturday, September 18. It will be opened at 10.30am by Brigadier Sir Melville Jameson KCVO CBE, ex Lord Lieutenant for Perth and Kinross.

Entry is free.


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