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"Jessie's Dream."

A controversy has been taking place as to whether the pipers of the 78th Highlanders did or did not play the bagpipes i at bhe relief of Lucknow. It is ft grave historical military question, and the answers given are very contradictory. Nobody can desire to mislead in this matter. Mere negative evidence that this or that person did not hear the bagpipes, and that the fighting was too severe to permit of piping, is not sufficient refutation of' the story. Some of the participants in the struggle may have had their attention so concentrated on the immediate object that they were oblivious to all sounds but those of command. Writing to "The Times," Mr William Frazer asserts that " the silly story of the Highland girl hearing a pibroch, which she recognised above the firing at the, relief of Lucknow, was utterly discredited within a week of its publication. The tale originated in a Jersey newspaper, and was a pure fiction." There was so much fighting by the relieving column that he concludes, "Such rubbish as Jessie Brown and her imaginary bagpipes" can have no place in the rescue. Mr Archibald Forbes, however, takes up the cudgels for the pipers. The 78bh Highlanders left Allahabad with pipers and bagpipes, and the pipes were heard when the Sepoy flank was charged on the day of Cawnpore. On the day of the entry into the Lucknow Residency a capture of guns was celebrated by a triumphal procession on a small scale, and Piper Campbell played the regimental pibroch at ijbs head. Piper Glenn also performed during the day, and after the Residency had been entered the pipers played round the mess table in Gubbin's dilapidated house. As the Highlanders' undoubtedly had their bagpipes with them, he asks why they should not have used them " in inspiring the ardour and constancy which the advancealong the street of death required!"

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"Jessie's Dream.", Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2419, 2 May 1890

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"Jessie's Dream." Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2419, 2 May 1890