Noticed a remark about Scottish troops and thought I might throw this out
to ponder. At one point in the nineteenth century roughly 1830 the British
Army contained the following percentile breakdown of enlistees and NCO's:
The remaining 12% were those unfortunate English that were unable to find a
reward in the Industrial Revolution that was beginning to kick into high gear
about that time.
Understandable given that much the same as today when economic opportunity is
lacking the ranks of the military service offer a stable income and steady
sustenance for those who find it difficult to get by.
The remainder of the 19th century saw a steady decline in the percentage and
actual numbers of Irish troops to about 10-12% and approximately 25,000 men
Numerous contributing factors have been identified as the cause for this
decline. prominent among which are the Great Famine that resulted in a
seriuos erosion of the recruiting base of the Irish Regiments. Many
potential recruits had made off for
Still by the time of the First World War nearly 20,000 Irishmen still served
in the ranks. And despite such incidents as the mutiny of the Connaught
Rangers in the
Punjab served with great distinction.
The fact that Scots troops serve in NI may not be an intentional effort on
of Downing Street but rather a reflection of the current breakdown of British
Forces and then again......
I am reminded of a saying that I am tempted to attribute to Frederick Douglas
but may have been DuBois "If you are going to keep the black man in the
gutter you must have a white man holding him there". Apologies to the
speaker for the paraphrasing but Im sure you get the gist of the sentiment.