Defender of clans, fearsome soldier and proud warrior — the Highland soldier is an iconic military figure whose role and reputation have evolved over the centuries, both within Scotland and beyond.
More than 200 artifacts, from menacing broadswords to resplendent tartans, connect the fierce Gaelic warriors of the Middle Ages to Scottish Jacobites loyal to King James, and to the proud traditions of Highland regiments in Canada today.
Discover the origins and history of a military culture known as much for its courage, toughness, discipline and skill as for its colourful kilts and the rallying call of bagpipes.
An exhibition developed by Nomad Exhibitions in collaboration with the Canadian War Museum and Glasgow Museums.
Did You Know?The word “clan,” which describes a group of families, comes from the Gaelic term for “children” or “offspring.” The Highland clan system placed a high premium on military service, skill and courage.
Photo: Canadian War Museum, CWM2019-0040-0021-Dm
Highland double-handed sword, around 1530They are often referred to as claymores and were in use from the early 16th century to the late 17th century.
Did You Know?During the First World War, Highland units were issued kilt covers, or aprons, to camouflage their dark tartan kilts in the field. Kilts were retired from combat in 1940 because of the vulnerability of bare skin to chemical agents, but they remain as a formal dress uniform.
Photo: Canadian War Museum, CWM2019-0040-0032-Dm
UniformUniform of Pipe Major Lillian Grant, Canadian Women’s Army Corps, 1942. The Canadian Women’s Army Corps Pipe Band, was formed in 1942 and was used for recruiting in Canada before being sent overseas in 1945. Lillian Grant was already an experienced piper and had been playing since the age of 12.