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    • I attended the Tattoo a few years back. As it happens, I was in Edinburgh 2 weeks ago. A business meeting rolled into a birthday celebration with my wife. I turned 60 two weeks ago. Edinburgh is such a great city. Everyone should visit it at least once. If you want dining suggestions, I can come up with a few.

    • I've been to edinburgh once and have to go again. The castle is fascinating and full of military historical items,

      The memorial outside the main entrance dedicated to Sgt. Ewart, who captured a French Eagle at Waterloo caught my imagination

      quote from wiki page linked to above:

      At Waterloo, the Greys were part of the Union Brigade, a formation of heavy cavalryregiments held in reserve by Wellington. In the line of battle, General Thomas Picton's 5th Division was held in reserve, on the right of the Allied line, behind the Dutch-Belgian 2nd Division. The 5th contained a number of experienced veteran units from the Peninsular War, including the 92nd Foot (Gordon Highlanders).

      After a heavy exchange of fire, the Belgians were forced to fall back to the far side of the ridge on which they were stationed, and the 5th Division moved forward over the crest of the ridge to hold the line. After the heavy exchange of fire continued, with the 5th holding firm, it was decided that the division should charge to break up the French columns; the cavalry held in reserve were brought forward, and passed through the ranks of the infantry and into action.

      At this point, the Gordon Highlanders were exchanging fire with the 1st Battalion of the 45th, which was deploying around thirty yards to their front. The Greys quickly and unexpectedly passed through the infantry, moved forward the short distance between the lines, and broke through to the centre of the French infantry as it was forming into a defensive line. In the confusion that followed, the 45th was effectively broken as an organised unit, and the eagle it carried was quickly seized by Sergeant Ewart, in close fighting with a number of Frenchmen.

      "One made a thrust at my groin, I parried him off and cut him down through the head. A lancer came at me - I threw the lance off by my right side and cut him through the chin and upwards through the teeth. Next, a foot soldier fired at me and then charged me with his bayonet, which I also had the good luck to parry, and then I cut him down through the head".

      To prevent it being recaptured, he was ordered to take it to safety; he did, but paused for some time overlooking the battlefield before finally carrying the trophy to Brussels. Whilst the brigade had not taken significant losses, they were disorganised, and carried forward to attack French artillery; charged by French cavalry in turn, they took heavy losses, and played no further part in the battle.

      The stone of destiny is also at Edinburgh Castle

      which is used during the coronation of a British monarch.

      I hope to get back to Edinburgh next year and will spend a full day in the castle.

    • A bit late to replying to this but yes! If anyone ever comes to Edinburgh during the Festival (throughout August) tickets to the Tattoo is a must (as is contacting me for a beer :D). They can be quite hard to come by but the event is truly spectacular. I got the pleasure to photograph it in 2015, you can view those photos on my SmugMug here.

      For reference you can view some highlights from the 2017 event on YouTube here.

      Since there's a lot of Americans here... this one's for you: