Gordon Highlanders Parading at Edinburgh Castle

In this week’s postcard we have a stirring image of the Gordon Highlanders parading in front of Edinburgh Castle at the turn of the twentieth century:

The famous castle stands imposing and brooding behind them:

The men themselves are parading in kilts with white fatigue jackets that were in common use at this period:

Not all the men have assembled and a small group are still marching onto the parade square, with their rifles at the trail:

In the foreground can be seen the regimental band, presumably playing martial music as their comrades muster:

The esplanade where the men are forming up was constructed in 1753 in front of the castle’s main entrance and has been used for military parades ever since. Today it sees the annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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