“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

Colonel MacKenzie of the China Campaign – remembered in Edinburgh

Posted: November 30th, 2017 | No Comments »

On the theory that there’s always a China story wherever you go – here’s one from strolling around Edinburgh Castle. Just outside the castle, in the car park to be exact, but gazing serenely over towards Prince’s Street and the beautiful beyond is a monument (below) to Colonel Kenneth Mackenzie of the 92nd Regiment Foot of the Gordon Highlanders. Mackenzie, a quartermaster, fought in the Crimea, the Indian Rebellion/Mutiny and in China on campaign in the 1840s and the opium wars. Felice Beato, that early foreign photographer in China took his portrait as an albumen plate (below)….and it remains in the vaults of the National Galleries Scotland…


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