A DETERMINED soldier from Kirkintilloch who followed in the footsteps of Scotland’s ‘greatest warrior’ is the star of a new TV documentary.
Private Charlie Urquhart (23) features in BBC2 Scotland’s programme about the rise and fall of 17th-century general the 1st Marquis of Montrose.
‘Scotland’s Greatest Warrior’ follows 20 soldiers as they retrace one of Montrose’s great marches through the mountains of Lochaber as part of a modern military exercise.
They include Private Urquhart, who serves with 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (7 Scots).
In a single year, from the autumn of 1644 to 1645, Montrose won six successive battles against stronger Covenanter armies.
Three hundred years after that extraordinary military achievement, General Bernard Montgomery quoted Montrose in his morale-raising message to British soldiers on the eve of the 1944 D-Day landings.
Montrose had written of daring to “win or lose it all” – a line Monty thought appropriate to the do-or-die invasion of the Normandy beaches.
Territorial Army private Charlie Urquhart said: “I took part in Exercise Montrose March earlier this year to mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose, in 1612.
“Troops from 3 Scots and 7 Scots battalions undertook the 39-mile patrol to recreate the march on Inverlochy Castle by Montrose and his Royalist army to face the Covenanter army of the Earl of Argyll in 1645.”
‘Scotland’s Greatest Warrior’, produced by Caledonia TV, will be shown on BBC2 Scotland this Friday – St Andrew’s Day (November 30) at 9pm.
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