Fort Ti to host Scottish heritage

TICONDEROGA-Fort Ticonderoga will present the fourth annual Scots Day on Saturday, June 11.

The commemoration of Scottish heritage and their contributions to 18th-century North American history runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A memorial ceremony honoring the 42nd Highland Regiment will take place at the Scottish Cairn on the Carillon Battlefield located at Fort Ticonderoga at 11 a.m. as part of the day's events.

The Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch and the Police Pipes and Drums of Plattsburgh will perform during the day on the parade ground at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Atlantic Watch is based in Red Bank, N.J., and has performed throughout the mid-Atlantic region and has performed for Prince Charles during one of several trips to Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Police Pipes and Drums of Plattsburgh, formed in 2005, perform at police and fire functions, as well as at events throughout the North Country.

The history of the Black Watch Regiment will be presented through interactive living history programs throughout the day by members of a Black Watch re-enactor unit from Montreal. Highlighted programs include a living history time-line of the regiment. The group depicts its history from the 18th century through the early 21st century, with various members representing different points in the unit's history.

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. The regiment suffered over 50 percent 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."

Members of various Scottish clans will have tents and members eager to assist visitors in learning how to commence researching their Scottish roots. Clans represented will include Buchanan, Campbell, Forbes, Johnston, MacIntyre, Mackintosh, MacPherson, Murray and Rose.

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