In my continuing project on the Native Scouts of Natal, I consulted a paper by John Lambert who is, or was an Associate Professor of History at the University of South Africa. It includes the following statement:
"Ironically, the only acknowledgement of the role of the Native Scouts is not in South Africa but in Britain, where the memorial to the Scottish Horse outside the castle in Edinburgh includes the names of four African scouts killed in action."
I wonder if anyone reading this post has a photograph of this memorial and, more particularly, a photograph that shows the names of these men?
If all goes to plan I will be taking a short holiday to Scotland in May and one of my destinations is Edinburgh.
Will make sure to visit this memorial if all goes to plan and take some pics for you.
"From a billow of the rolling veldt we looked back, and black columns were coming up behind us."
It has been a few years since I was last in the museums in Scotland. I do recall trying to take a picture of an Elandslaagte VC group and being asked politely to refrain from that particular breach of copyright.
I would be interested to know where this monument to the Scottish Horse is located.
Having spent most of my adult life employed by museums, I often wondered about the logic of banning photography in some museums. Infringing copyright, fading the exhibits with flashes, disturbing other visitors and perhaps other feeble excuses make no sense. I decided the rule was made up by officious curators and/or museum attendants (guards), who liked feeling important, but whose uniforms gave them no real powers other than allowing them to pick on visitors.