Eagle has landed thanks to East Wemyss trooper

-Trooper Logan Ritchie (19) from East Wemyss hands over the French Imperial Eagle to the National Museum of Scotland.
-Trooper Logan Ritchie (19) from East Wemyss hands over the French Imperial Eagle to the National Museum of Scotland.
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A trooper from East Wemyss was involved in the historic handing over of one of only two French Napoleonic imperial eagles captured at Waterloo to the National Museum of Scotland.

Trooper Logan Ritchie (19) from East Wemyss was given the task of handing over the French Imperial Eagle, which is usually on display at the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum at Edinburgh Castle.

“Ewart’s eagle and the story of its capture at Waterloo have inspired members of the Regiment and people across Scotland over many generations

Brigadier Mel Jameson CBE

The Eagle, captured by Sergeant Charles Ewart during the charge of the Scots Greys, will form part of an exhibition at the National, ‘Waterloo: After the Battle’.

It will be displayed alongside the Eagle from the standard of the 105th French Infantry captured by the Royal Dragoons.

‘Waterloo: After the Battle’ looks at how people in Scotland reacted in the aftermath of the battle and how they came to terms with the new era it ushered in.

Brigadier Mel Jameson CBE, Chairman of the SCOTS DG Museum Trust said:

“Ewart’s eagle and the story of its capture at Waterloo have inspired members of the Regiment and people across Scotland over many generations.

“We are delighted that in the 200th anniversary year of the Battle of Waterloo that we are able to bring the eagle from the Regimental Museum in Edinburgh Castle, and to reunite it with the eagle from the standard of the 105th at the National Museum of Scotland for this exhibition.”