SNP Administration to Fund Battlefield Trips

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There is controversy concerning proposals by the Scottish Executive to grant money to the National Trust for Scotland to finance schoolfield-trips to the battlefield sites of Culloden and Bannockburn.

Admist stated fears that this would be used as further state-funded campaigning by the SNP,  Tom Devine, Professor of Scottish history at the University of Edinburgh said: “If this is under supervision and organisation of both the schools and the NTS, I would certainly trust them to be responsible”.

I do not see a problem with that, although an immediate question has to be raised over why only these two battles which, coincidentially I am sure, are commonly perceived as valiant fights by Scotland against England.

What about the Kalmar War of 1611-3 between Sweden and Denmark, during which a force of three to six hundred Scots mercinaries fighting with Sweden were annihilated by a gaggle of Norwegian peasant farmers at Kringen Pass near Otta on 26 August 1612?

A large company of these men were Caithness-men, under the command of former hellraiser at the Edinburgh High School, Colonel George Sinclair of Stirkoke.  Never a days goes by without my seeing the loss in the eyes of some great-great-great-[…]-great-grandchild in the villages of Caithness.  A scant eight centuries after the brutality of the Norse invasion in which our great-great-great-great-great-[…]-great-grandmothers became the sexual playthings of rampaging Vikings, and the great Pictish culture destroyed, this other insult was delivered.

Never forget, never forgive.  I want compensation.

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2 Responses to “SNP Administration to Fund Battlefield Trips”

  1. Indy Says:

    “What about the Kalmar War of 1611-3 between Sweden and Denmark, during which a force of three to six hundred Scots mercinaries fighting with Sweden were annihilated by a gaggle of Norwegian peasant farmers at Kringen Pass near Otta on 26 August 1612?”

    I don’t think you could get a party of schoolkids there and back by tea-time.

  2. efrafandays Says:

    What about Dunbar when the Convenanters relinquished their position on the hills, thinking they had the Sword of Gideon o’er their heads, and were cut to pieces by Cromwell’s Parliamentarians?

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