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Portrait of the Duke of Wellington by Thomas Lawrence (1814). In the public domain.

Many Scottish regiments fought at the Battle of Waterloo, which took place on 18 June 1815.

Three months prior to the battle Napoleon had escaped from banishment on the Mediterranean island of Elba, re-formed his armies and resumed his title as Emperor of the French. As a result, the European allies re-assembled their armies in an attempt to overthrow Napoleon once and for all.

The battle was fought near Waterloo, which is now part of Belgium but at that time belonged to the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Duke of Wellington led the Anglo-allied army against Napoleon's forces. The other allied armies were commanded by Marshal Blucher and the Prince of Orange.

One of the most notable allied actions during the battle was the charge of the 92nd (Gordon Highlanders) Regiment and the Royal Scots Greys on the French infantry brigades. As the French pressed forward on the allied line and the Gordon Highlanders strived to stop them breaking through, the Scots Greys appeared on the horizon. Legend has it the Gordon Highlanders and the Royal Scots Greys then charged the French ranks together with the immortal words 'Scotland Forever!'

Sergeant Charles Ewart of the Greys rode at the eagle bearer of the 45th French infantry and bore it away. The Greys subsequently adopted the captured French eagle as the regiment's badge and it is still the badge of the present regiment, the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo ended his rule and his hundred days' escape from exile.

In this recording from 1973 Andrew Irvine from Unst in the Shetland Islands tells a tall story about a Shetlander who fought at the Battle of Waterloo.

Listen to 'Tall story about Shetlander at Waterloo'

Browse all recordings of Andrew Irvine

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Julie Fowlis and Chris Wright were Tobar an Dualchais' Artists in Residence in 2012

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