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The Ladies from Hell: The Kilted Soldier and Empire

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Derek John Patrick - Speaker

The kilted Scottish soldier is an iconic figure that has become synonymous with Empire and Britain’s military achievement. This session will consider Scottish soldiers’ role in the British imperial project, focusing on their contribution to campaigns in Egypt and the Sudan, India, South Africa and the First World War. Using contemporary reports and considering the many visual representations of the Scottish soldier (particularly portraits, statues and memorials), it will focus on how the Scottish soldier is characterised in popular culture and whether this iconic figure was more image than reality.
10 Mar 2020

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