Fort Ticonderoga will present the Eleventh Annual Scots Day on Saturday, June 16. The celebration of Scottish history, heritage and culture runs from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Tour the Scottish Clan tents to discover more about your own Scottish connection and explore centuries of stories, based on Scottish soldiers in the British Army, through a military timeline offered throughout the day. Also, be sure to check out Border Collie demonstrations, special tours, Carillon boat cruises, pipe band performances, and march to the Carillon Battlefield for a remembrance service. To learn more about the event, participating vendors and clans, and the full schedule, visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.
“The 42nd Highland Regiment, also known as the Black Watch, played a crucial role at Ticonderoga during the Battle of Carillon on July 8, 1758” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga’s President and CEO. “The regiment suffered over 50% casualties during the failed British assault on the French Lines at Ticonderoga during the French & Indian War. Ticonderoga continued to be an important part of the regiment’s history. During its involvement in the Iraq War, the Black Watch Regiment’s base near Basra was called ‘Ticonderoga.’”
Special Memorial Ceremony
A special memorial ceremony honoring the 42nd Highland Regiment, also known as the Black Watch, will take place at the Scottish Cairn on the Carillon Battlefield located at Fort Ticonderoga. The procession to the Cairn will begin at 11:20 am. The Memorial Ceremony will take place at 11:30 am and will remember the incredible bravery and discipline of the Black Watch against insurmountable odds at the 1758 Battle of Carillon.
The Rare Royal Highland Emigrant Camp Color Flag Presentation
As the highlight of the 1781: A War Not Yet Won exhibit in the Mars Education Center, this presentation led by Curator Matthew Keagle will focus on the fascinating story of the Royal Highland Emigrants and the rare example of their camp color, on display for 2018. This program and the flag conservation was made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance Program Grant with funding provided by Essex County and a 2018 Making of Nations Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.
Hear the sounds of Scottish bagpipe music throughout the day as the Leatherstocking District Pipe Band perform lively concerts on the fort’s historic Parade Ground.
Border Collie Demonstrations
Join Jim McRae of Green Acres Farm and his Border Collies at 12:00 pm and 1:45 pm as they demonstrate sheep herding. See these real working dogs show their skills to move herds of sheep from pasture to pasture!
Black Watch Military Living History Programs!
Discover the history of the Black Watch Regiment through living history programs presented throughout the day. Highlighted programs include a living history timeline of the Regiment. The re-enacting group depicts its history from the 18th century through the early 21st century, with various members representing different significant points in the unit’s history. Learn about the incredible bravery and discipline of the Black Watch against insurmountable odds at the 1758 Battle of Carillon.
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Photo: Celebrate the Scot in you Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Fort Ticonderoga with special programs and ongoing activities.