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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Head-Piece of honour bought in Glasgow by an American

AN American traveller in Scotland, some time after the battle of Waterloo, wrote as follows :— "Before leaving Glasgow I purchased a Highland cap, or

bonnet, as it is called, for the convenience of wearing in travelling. It is frequently seen in the Lowlands, and is more comfortable in a carriage than a round hat. It excited, however, more attention than I could have wished. It so happened that the 42nd and 92nd Highland Regiments were ordered to Ireland by way of Port-Patrick. The former were on the point of leaving Glasgow at the time that we did, and the latter had actually marched from Edinburgh several days before.

"My bonnet accordingly, which at another time would have passed unobserved, has led many to suppose me to belong to the army. While on my route from Glasgow, I heard several times the expression, as I was passing,—There goes a Waterloo cap." The landlord at Port-Patrick at first took me for a Highland officer; and on the morning I embarked, I was several times asked if I was attached to the body of military which was expected to cross over that day.

"A similar mistake prevailed on my reaching the opposite shore, and many questions were put concerning the movements of the two regiments. It was not in every instance that I cared about undeceiving the inquirer; for, in the first place, it did no good; and, in the second, a positive benefit was otherwise gained; for such is the high character which these troops have obtained by their brave and gallant conduct, that they are everywhere welcomed with demonstrations of respect."

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