A little bit of info
Posted by Lesley on August 08, 1998 at 01:15:27:
In response to Knightsbridge and Kensington, written by Caroline on August 07, 1998 at 17:46:54
] A perpetual fear of a standing army is a trait of British Politics right up until the twentieth century.Private Armies were not tolerated at all, and State Armies were considered a danger if the country was not actually at war.
One of my favorite books is, Thatched With Gold , the memoirs of Mabell, Countess of Airlie. She was a lady in waiting to Queen Mary, the present queen's grandmother. In it she mentions that her husband David, the Earl of Airlie was very active in reforming the conditions of the enlisted man, which we were obviously bad at the end of the 19th century. He died in the Boer War. The Countess, BTW, was a prime mover in establishing the Red Cross in Scotland. Also, I think the the Earl's family was double crossed by the Duke of Argyll during the Jacobite revolution and burnt down the family castle. I think another was built nearby.
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