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January 07, 2013

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ajay

Or indeed all those Scottish mercenaries who turned up everywhere in Europe pretty much from the Restoration onwards. There were Scottish names on both sides during Napoleon's invasion of Russia: Marechal Macdonald, Duc de Tarentum, and Marshal Mikhail Bogdanovich Barclay de Tolly.

Malcs

I recall reading something about how quite a few Scots settled in the Belarus area somewhere along that timeline, but I've been unable to find out more. A comparison of Minsk, Glenrothes and Cumbernauld might prove instructive however.

chris y

Irish too, such as the unfortunate Comte de Lally.

Igor Belanov

And in late 19th century France, Marshal McMahon.

nick s

I recall reading something about how quite a few Scots settled in the Belarus area somewhere along that timeline

And inflicted the bagpipes upon the land, if the stories are to be believed.

Strategist

The noblest prospect a Scotchman ever sees is the high road to Minsk.

ajay

Or indeed to Paris.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garde_%C3%89cossaise

Barry Freed

Before closing the tab on this post I just wanted to note that there was a damn good "Alasdair lying face down in the snow at Kursk" type joke to be made here but I never could get it right.

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