One of the most important battles in British history has an important anniversary this year. Here at The Royal Scots Club, we’ll be commemorating the Battle of Waterloo with a special dinner on 19th June – the night after the 200th anniversary of the famous battle which took place on 18 June 1815. A few tickets remain, so come and join us.We’ll be hosting a grand meal at the Club, in order to remember and commemorate the famous conflict, in which many Scots fought and gave their lives. The heroic story of the Royal Scots regiment will be discussed by two special guests; author and renowned historian Trevor Royle will talk about the involvement of the Scots in the battle, whilst Consul General of France, Pierre-Alain Coffinier, will offer a French perspective.
The Club will also display some of its own Waterloo treasures, including an original Waterloo medal. They were donated to the Club in 2013 by a member of The Royal Scots Association Pipes and Drums, after she found the historic medals in the attic of a home she had purchased and decided the Royal Scots Club would make a more fitting home. Still in pristine condition, it was awarded to Samuel McLaughlin of No 4 Company, 3rd Bn The Royal Scots. The medal was the first award issued to all ranks, and set a precedent for the future issue of campaign medals.
The Battle of Waterloo is particularly important to the Royal Scots due to its historic importance in European military history. The Duke of Wellington, commanding more than 100,000 men including the 3Bn Royal Scots, defeated Napoleon Bonaparte of France in a battle in which tens of thousands lost their lives. The defeat finished Bonaparte’s military career and marked the beginning of 50 years of peace in Europe.
A small amount of tickets are still available for our commemorative Waterloo Dinner, which can be purchased for £36pp (no drinks incl) at the Club or by calling reception on 0131 556 4270. It begins at 7pm for 7:30pm dinner and the dress code for the evening is black tie.