Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Lament for loss of Royal Scots

ON a muggy evening in October 1915, Major-General Edward Charles Ingouville-Williams (fondly known as Inky Bill), commanding officer of the 34th Division, visited the tented lines of the 16th Royal Scots near the village of Sutton Veny on Salisbury Plain.

He was welcomed by Pipe-Sergeant William Duguid, a former Gordon Highlander and veteran of the north-west frontier. Indicating the kilted Dougie Ross (an apprentice electrician from Edinburgh’s West Register Street), Inky Bill observed: “So, Sergeant, this will be one of your pipers.” Duguid replied (with characteristic pawkiness): “No, sir, Mr Ross is a gentleman private in Sir George McCrae’s battalion and he is no mere piper. He is a musician!” for more click here

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