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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. IV


321 Arthur?s Seat.] VOLUNTEER REVIEW IN 1860. many a strong man?s heart beat high and his eyes glisten. The vast hilly amphitheatre was crowded by more than IOC),OOO spectators, who made the welkin ring with their reiterated cheers, as the deep and solid columns, with all their anns glittering in the sun, were steadilyforniing on the grassy plain below. Every foot of ground upon the northern slopes not too steep for standing on was occupied, even to the summit, where the mighty yellow standard with the red lion floated out over all. When the Queen, accompanied by the Prince Consort, theaged Quchess of Kent, and the royal children, came in front of the grand stand, the sight one o?clock all the regiments were in Edinburgh, and defiled into the park by four separate entrances at once, and were massed in contiguous close columns, formed into divisions and brigades of artillery, engineers, and infantry, the whole undet the command of Lieutenant-General Sir G. A. Wetherall, K.C.B. The scene which burst upon the view of these volunteers as they entered the park, and the vast corps being played past by the pipers of the Rossshire Buffs. ?So admirable was the arrangement,? wrote one at the time, ?by which the respective corps were brought back to their original ground, that not ten minutes had elapsed after the marching-past of the last company before all was ready for the advance in line, the officers having taken post in review order, and the men standing with shouldered arms. On the signal being given, the whole line (of columns) advanced, the review bands playing. The effect of this was, in one word, indescribable, and when the whole was was magnificent, when more than two-and-twenty thousand rifles and many hundred sword-blades flashed out the royal salute, and then the arms were shouldered as she drove slowly along the line of massed columns. The ground was kept by the 13th Hussars, the 29th Regiment, 78th Highlanders (the recent heroes of Lucknow), and the West York Rifle Militia The Queen seemed in the highest spirits, wore a tartan dress, and bowed and smiled 2.9
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