Today, one of the most recognizable symbols of Scotland is the bagpipes.It’s history may go back to Roman times. In the Battle of Culloden in 1746, it was named an instrument of war when the British general said,
“A Highlander never marched without a piper-so it is an instrument of war.”
Thus began the pacification of the unruly dreaded Highland army. The British systematically dismantled Scottish society by confiscating rights, collecting weapons, and banning the kilt and tartan. There is a story of the bagpipes, themselves, being banned, though I was unable to verify that detail. -from the National Trust of Scotland
Two hundred sixty eight years later on September 18, 2014, Scotland has an opportunity to regain her independence from Britain. Will there be a war or a battle? Yes of sorts, but the Scots will fight at the ballot box using it as the new “tool of war.” The courage and sense of history and personal strength, will carry them to an independent country of self-determination . They will not listen to fear, but carry the hope of Scots from all ages in their hearts when they Vote YES for Independence!
Enjoy the eerie, haunting, sorrowful sound of the lone bagpiper as you watch the natural beauty of this proud country!