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The Battle of Waterloo

 

The Battle of Waterloo was composed by John MacKay, known in his time as Iain MacRuaridh, onetime piper to the Laird of Raasay.

 

The Battle of Waterloo, 1815, saw many Highland Regiments in action. Their dress and their music may have been curiosities to the people of Continental Europe but their bravery was recognized by all, including Crowned Heads, among them the Tsar of Russia.

 

The Cameron Highlanders were honoured at a special presentation in Paris. Piper Kenneth MacKay who had performed so valiantly outside the Cameron square while under attack by the finest French Cavalry, played Cogadh no Sidh (War or Peace) before the Tsar and was presented with a set of pipes by Britain’s Prince Regent.

 

Battle casualties were heavy. The tune seeks to celebrate the triumph of arms and acknowledge the human costs.

 

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