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Charity book published to commemorate historic voyage

Gary Seath 2 years ago

Fundraising Media

Forces Children Scotland Chairperson, Malcolm Noble, has written and published a short history book that reflects on a historic voyage made by beneficiaries abroad the Tantallon Castle to raise funds in support of the charity.

Released by Birlinn Publishing, ‘The Cruise of the Tantallon Castle’ tells the story of the journey made by five beneficiaries to perform Scottish music to kings, queens, and many other dignitaries at the opening of the Kiel Canal in Germany in 1895.

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In this video, Malcolm talks about the inspiration behind writing ‘The Cruise of Tantallon Castle’.

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During the late nineteenth century, our charity provided accommodation and schooling for Scottish children and young people, who had lost parents who had served in conflicts, at the Royal Caledonian School in London.

Located in North Islington at that time, the school believed strongly in its Scottish roots, and pupils who attended the Royal Caledonian School had to either learn to play Scottish music or dance in traditional styles as part of their curriculum.

Many pupils performed Scottish music and dancing across London, which developed a strong reputation and led to the invitation for a small group of beneficiaries to join dignitaries to travel and perform at the opening of the Keil Canal.

The pupils later performed for royalty as well as made a memorable mini voyage of their own, sailing through hundreds of battleships assembled in the canal, whilst performing Scottish music and receiving cheers from sailors from across the world.

It proved an opportunity of a lifetime and much more.

‘The Cruise of Tantallon Castle’ is priced at £30.00.

100% of proceeds from our direct sales will support children and young people from armed forces and veteran families, through the work of Forces Children Scotland.

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