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The Tartan Army
dedicated to Wendy Wood

[To whatever rock or place you summon us by the signal of war to your service]. 

After the 1715 rebellion against the illegal union of Scotland and England, the Government raised a foreign legion to keep the natives in order. They were Scots soldiers who were allowed to wear their native costume, the kilt,  banned by the English under pain of death, on condition that they served the expansionist dreams of England.  They wore the plaided kilt as opposed to the English red coats, [whom the Scots called the Red Army], and were known as Feachd nam Breacan, [The Tartan or Highland Army]. The English Government called them The Royal Highland Regiment. They are now called The Black Watch. The crowning glory of the Black Watch regiment, together with other Scotch regiments, such as The Royal Scots Fusiliers, came in 1746 at the battle of Culloden when they and other Scots helped Butcher Cumberland to defeat the army of Bonnie Prince Charlie. This is why the Watch and The R. S. F.  are the only Scotch regiments to have the Royal prefix. They followed through their victory with arson , rape and murder so that England could achieve its centuries old ambition to get a final solution to the Scotch problem by destroying the language and culture of the oldest nation in Europe.

As Queen Victoria said of the Irish "I look forward to the day when an Irishman on the banks of the Liffey will be as rare as a Red Indian on the banks of the Mississippi. " And so with the Scots. 

In 1972, Currie and McGuigan, inspired by the willingness of an elderly woman to starve herself to death for the independence of Scotland, re-established the Tartan Army, this time to "fight" on Scotland's side. 

When the name exploded on the Scots public it sounded comical. The Scots know little of their own history, political, cultural or industrial and most of them suffer from an endemic disease called The Scottish Cringe.  However a journalist in a Scotch tabloid, the Daily Record,  hit on the idea of dubbing the tartan bedecked followers of Scotland's national football team with the name which has now passed into the everyday vocabulary, not only of the Scots,  but of soccer followers the world over;  The Tartan Army. 

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