The Wayfarer - A man in a kilt is a man and a half, said the Brigadier-General

Life is truly amazing and the more you ponder upon its intricacies the more surprising you find it to be.

Life can confront you with some amazing incidents particularly when it comes down to the perversity of the human nature.

Now just let us consider the situation James Walker found himself in when back in 1935 he stole a car in Perth drove it to Auchtermuchty some five miles away where he attempted to park it in the local garage, the last place he thought one would expect to find a stolen car. His intention was obviously to leave it there until the dust settled on the hunt for the stolen car. However he did not realise that the garage was owned by the very man from whom he had stolen the car and when he drove in to hire a parking space the car was instantly recognised by the garage receptionist and the thief apprehended. Just fate but one that would make James Walker realise that fate was not always on his side.

That also goes for Patrick Ward, an Edinburgh bachelor who claimed allowances for a fictitious wife and four children. He was jailed for nine months for defrauding the tax revenue of some £653 and at his trial the prosecutor pointed out that Patrick Ward had claimed he had married in 1941 but his birth certificate showed that he had only been born in 1930 and therefore not of an age to marry..

Another court case, and this time one for murder was when a Glasgow judge excused an Englishwoman from jury service on her complaint that she was unable to follow the evidence, as she could not understand the Scottish voices. Understandable I suppose but still surprising, as in today’s court the judges would probably have found her an interpreter. Did you know that the oldest example of tartan found in Scotland was in Falkirk in 1934 when workmen came upon a clay vessel containing a hoard of Roman coins and a piece of woollen woven cloth in a check pattern of brown and cream. The coins dated the find to some time after AD230 which approximately dated the tartan, and that piece of ancient tartan can now be seen in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. There’s no identification of which clan it represented, but it is still considered to be a clan tartan.

Sir Colin Campbell (1792-1863) Brigadier-General of the 93rd. Sutherland Highlanders stated, ‘a man in a kilt is a man and a half’.

All Scots know this to be true especially those who wore the kilt in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Well all for now, see you next week.