National Geographic : 1957 Oct
Edinburgh's Police Band Peals a Wild Highland Melody on the Bagpipes Bagpipe music swirls through the poetic history of Scotland like a stirring refrain. "Fhair shon swore a feud against the clan M'Tavish," wrote William E. Aytoun in The Massacre of the Macpherson, "... for he did resolve to extirpate the vipers, with four-and-twenty men and five-and-thirty pipers." Wearing the Royal Stewart tartan, members of this band perform on the Mound just off Princes Street. Columns at left mark the Royal Scottish Academy. Opposite, lower: Andrew Reid in his Edinburgh home plays out lines from Robert Louis Stevenson's The Land of Coun terpane: And sometimes for an hour or so I watched my leaden sol diers go, With different uniforms and drills, Among the bed-clothes, through the hills. + Toy soldiers come to life at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Royal Artillerymen dress as Redcoats for a mock attack. © National Geographic Society All Kodachromes by Kathleen Revis, National Geographic Photographer 462 mow,'