1778 Frasier Highlander Musket Demonstration at Glasgow High Games

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

The re-enactment of the '78 Frasier Highland Regiment demonstrates the way muskets were fired at the times of the American Revolution.

Bob Harrison is the president of the Glasgow Highland Games. Harrison says, "Generally it took them approximately 45 seconds from one shot until they were able to get the other shot off."

Paul Taylor is a volunteer with the '78 Frasier Highlander Regiment. Taylor says, "There a 75-caliber, smooth bore brown vessel musket."

When the bayonet is connected to the gun is called a musket. If they Bayonet is off it is called a firearm.

Harrison says, "And watching it you can see how brave the soldiers were. Because they had to stand there and get fired at while they were re-arming their balls again."

Taylor says, "We drill in the same manor as the "78 Frasier Highlanders did, who also fought in the French and Indian War (also known as the Seven Years War)."

Harrison says, "The heritage is the Celts were considered in the 1700-1800's the foremost warriors of Europe, which basically meant all of the world. And believe it or not, they were the top of the arms at that particular time."

The demonstrations are also aimed to be educational.

Harrison says, "The '78 Frasier reenactment group and five other groups are going to be on the field Saturday and Sunday. And they'll demonstrate this type of historical activity."

But the most important part fo this Glasgow Highland Games activity, and others, is the lesson about ancestry.

Taylor says, "It's important for everyone to remain in touch with their heritage. With the things that made this country the great melting pot that it is. And to just just enjoy that sense of comraderie that one Scot feels for another."


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