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Memories of a Lovat Scout (5)
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AB_LOVAT_SCOUT_ROD_CAMPBELL_05
PLACENAME
Balmoral
DATE OF RECORDING
2007
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Roddie Campbell
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1459
KEYWORDS
World War 2
World War II
Second World War
2nd World War
wars
Armed Forces
army
battalions
regiments
campaign
campaigns
battles
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Roddie Campbell of Tollie of Brahan Croft, Lochussie, is one of the last few surviving Lovat Scouts. In this audio recording he remembers his time spent stationed at Balmoral (1942-43). (The image is a Lovat Scouts Cartoon from 1900.)

Roddie: We looked after the Queen when we came home.

Interviewer: At Balmoral?

Roddie: At Balmoral, where we did the shooting for them for, for two seasons. And then we went to Canada. And what nice people the Queen - the old Queen and the King was - aye. They were quite ordinary people that spoke tae ye. Never made any difference, no. An that was the only place that I commited a crime - Balmoral.

Interviewer: What crime?

Roddie: Well, after the shootin was done every season they had a ball - a ghillie's ball they called it - an I couldna dance. Ah refused to to go to it.
Ah got six days CB [confined to barracks]. A funny crime.

Mary: Aye, ye had to go.

Roddie: Eh?

Mary: An ye couldn't refuse, ye see, if the Queen came an asked you to dance, you danced.

Roddie - Ah couldna dance. [Laughter] Well, they were jist ordinary people like, ye know, as far as we were concerned they jist spoke to you an you spoke back an -

Interviewer: Mm-hmm.

Roddie: Aye. An the funniest - funny things that ye will remind, disna matter how bad yer memory is, I loaded for a - an old man - he was the ambassador tae Spain - Sir, Sir somebody - Whooever was his name was it?

Mary: Samuel Hoare.

Roddie: Aye. An Ah did it for two seasons, an Ah've nevir seem him shootin a thing [?]. Many's the time I thought [?] an shoot a couple for him, but no. An he was a nice man too.

Interviewer: Mm-hmm.

Roddie: Aye. Mm-hmm.

Interviewer: How long were you at Balmoral?

Roddie: We'd be up until six weeks, Ah think, each year, but we had to do - I mean one [?] we trained - we had route marches an everything.

Interviewer: Was there barracks at Glen-, Balmoral then?

Roddie: Ah just canna mind. It'd be up at Balmoral somewhere we stayed for, not very far away. No, Ah canna mind.

Interviewer: An this would have been George the - the Queen's father?

Roddie: The Queen's father, yes.

Interviwer: Mm-hmm. And the Queen Mother?

Roddie: Queen Mother, aye. No nonsense. Everyone was the same.

Now part of the 7th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Lovat Scouts were first formed for service in the Second Boer War in 1900 by the 16th Lord Lovat, Simon Joseph Fraser. After the war, in 1903, two regiments were formed - the 1st and 2nd Lovat Scouts. Skilled in marksmanship, field craft and military tactics, the two regiments were involved extensively in World War I. One regiment was disbanded in 1922. During World War II, Lovat Scouts were garrisoned in the Faroe Islands before seeing active service in Italy from 1944 to the end of the war.

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Memories of a Lovat Scout (5)

2000s

World War 2; World War II; Second World War; 2nd World War; wars; Armed Forces; army; battalions; regiments; campaign; campaigns; battles; military; audio

Am Baile

Am Baile: Memories of a Lovat Scout

Roddie Campbell of Tollie of Brahan Croft, Lochussie, is one of the last few surviving Lovat Scouts. In this audio recording he remembers his time spent stationed at Balmoral (1942-43). (The image is a Lovat Scouts Cartoon from 1900.)<br /> <br /> Roddie: We looked after the Queen when we came home.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: At Balmoral?<br /> <br /> Roddie: At Balmoral, where we did the shooting for them for, for two seasons. And then we went to Canada. And what nice people the Queen - the old Queen and the King was - aye. They were quite ordinary people that spoke tae ye. Never made any difference, no. An that was the only place that I commited a crime - Balmoral.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: What crime?<br /> <br /> Roddie: Well, after the shootin was done every season they had a ball - a ghillie's ball they called it - an I couldna dance. Ah refused to to go to it. <br /> Ah got six days CB [confined to barracks]. A funny crime.<br /> <br /> Mary: Aye, ye had to go.<br /> <br /> Roddie: Eh?<br /> <br /> Mary: An ye couldn't refuse, ye see, if the Queen came an asked you to dance, you danced.<br /> <br /> Roddie - Ah couldna dance. [Laughter] Well, they were jist ordinary people like, ye know, as far as we were concerned they jist spoke to you an you spoke back an -<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Mm-hmm.<br /> <br /> Roddie: Aye. An the funniest - funny things that ye will remind, disna matter how bad yer memory is, I loaded for a - an old man - he was the ambassador tae Spain - Sir, Sir somebody - Whooever was his name was it?<br /> <br /> Mary: Samuel Hoare.<br /> <br /> Roddie: Aye. An Ah did it for two seasons, an Ah've nevir seem him shootin a thing [?]. Many's the time I thought [?] an shoot a couple for him, but no. An he was a nice man too.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Mm-hmm. <br /> <br /> Roddie: Aye. Mm-hmm.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: How long were you at Balmoral?<br /> <br /> Roddie: We'd be up until six weeks, Ah think, each year, but we had to do - I mean one [?] we trained - we had route marches an everything.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Was there barracks at Glen-, Balmoral then?<br /> <br /> Roddie: Ah just canna mind. It'd be up at Balmoral somewhere we stayed for, not very far away. No, Ah canna mind. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: An this would have been George the - the Queen's father?<br /> <br /> Roddie: The Queen's father, yes. <br /> <br /> Interviwer: Mm-hmm. And the Queen Mother?<br /> <br /> Roddie: Queen Mother, aye. No nonsense. Everyone was the same.<br /> <br /> Now part of the 7th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Lovat Scouts were first formed for service in the Second Boer War in 1900 by the 16th Lord Lovat, Simon Joseph Fraser. After the war, in 1903, two regiments were formed - the 1st and 2nd Lovat Scouts. Skilled in marksmanship, field craft and military tactics, the two regiments were involved extensively in World War I. One regiment was disbanded in 1922. During World War II, Lovat Scouts were garrisoned in the Faroe Islands before seeing active service in Italy from 1944 to the end of the war.