Edinburgh Castle

Beyond the Spectacle: Indigenous Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle

Scotland EH1, United Kingdom

Created By: Beyond the Spectacle


The spectacle was an important part of the 114th Battalion’s tour of Edinburgh in December 1916 (for more on their tour, see the stops at Princes Street Station and the Mound). As The Scotsman reported, “from the highest roof of Edinburgh Castle on Saturday afternoon, four Indian chiefs, head feathers streaming in the east wind, their head-covered garments of yellow and red and blue withstanding the rain laden blast, looked round on the Scottish capital and its environs.” The company explored the Castle, including the Banqueting Hall, before Chief Clear Sky, who had worked as a vaudeville performer before the war, gave a performance. As one of the officers remarked, the soldiers were grateful for the “hospitality and goodwill that had been shown to them.”

This point of interest is part of the tour: Beyond the Spectacle: Indigenous Edinburgh


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