May 10, 1863

Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.

— The Final Words of General Thomas Jonathan Jackson.

The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada

The Badge of the Black Watch (Canada).

The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada
Colonel-in-Chief: His Royal Highness The Prince Charles Prince of Wales KG KT GCB OM AK QSO GCL SOM CD ADC



Azure the figure of St. Andrew proper standing on a mount Vert holding his cross Argent all within an annulus Azure fimbriated and inscribed “NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT” in letters Or, ensigned by the Royal crown and environed by a wreath of thistles proper all between a scroll on either side of the Crown inscribed THE BLACK WATCH and two scrolls Or in base inscribed ROYAL HIGHLAND REGIMENT and OF CANADA in letters sable, the whole set on the diamond-cut star of the Order of the Thistle Argent.


The Crown represents service to the Sovereign. The badge of the regiment is styled on that of their former British allied regiment The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) – now, through amalgamation, The Royal Regiment of Scotland – whose badge, in turn, was based on that of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, the highest order of chivalry in Scotland. The diamond-cut star, the thistles (the national flower of Scotland) and the representation of St. Andrew (the patron saint of the Order and of Scotland) and the cross appear on the Order’s badge. The scrolls bearing the words “THE BLACK WATCH”, “ROYAL HIGHLAND REGIMENT” and “OF CANADA” are a form of the regimental title and “NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT” is the motto of the regiment and the Order of the Thistle.


NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT (No one shall touch me with impunity)


Quick March

“The Highland Laddie”

Slow March

“The Red Hackle”


British Army

The Royal Regiment of Scotland


South African War

SOUTH AFRICA, 1899-1900.

The First World War

YPRES, 1915, ’17; Gravenstafel; St. Julien; FESTUBERT, 1915; MOUNT SORREL; SOMME, 1916; Pozières; Flers-Courcelette; Thiepval; Ancre Heights; Ancre, 1916; ARRAS, 1917, ’18; Vimy, 1917; Arleux; Scarpe, 1917, ’18; HILL 70; Passchendaele; AMIENS; Drocourt-Quéant; HINDENBURG LINE; Canal du Nord; PURSUIT TO MONS; FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18.

The Second World War

BOURGUÉBUS RIDGE; Faubourg de Vaucelles; Verrières Ridge-Tilly-la-Campagne; FALAISE; Clair Tizon; Forêt de la Londe; Dunkirk, 1944; Antwerp-Turnhout Canal; THE SCHELDT; Woensdrecht; South Beveland; Walcheren Causeway; THE RHINELAND; The Hochwald; Xanten; THE RHINE; Groningen; Oldenburg; NORTH-WEST EUROPE, 1944-1945.

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On a Celebrated Ruling Elder

Here Souter Hood in death does sleep:
In hell, if he’s gane thither,
Satan, gie him thy gear to keep;
He’ll haud it weel thegither.

Quia Non Erit Inpossibile apud Deum Omne Verbum

A l’impossible nul n’est tenu.  (No one is bound to do what is impossible.)

— 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 601.

A Tremulous Blessing

A Kinemetrics Seismograph.

This has to be the weirdest blessing from the Rituale Romanum:


(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, Feb. 13, 1924)

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty everlasting God, whose very gaze causes the earth to tremble, pour out your blessing + on this seismograph; and grant that the signs of the earth’s tremors may be precisely recorded by it, and then rightly interpreted by man, both for the benefit of your people and for the greater glory of your name; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

O Virgin Mary, in view of your own sorrows take pity on us and pray for us.

St. Emidius, pray for us, and in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, protect us and also this seismograph from the terror of earthquakes.

It is sprinkled with holy water.

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Tradition holds that Bishop Emygdius (Emidius), a convert pagan from Trier and elevated to the episcopate by Pope Marcellus I, having performed numerous miracles, was martyred under Emperor Diocletian.

The cult of Saint Emygdius is ancient, documented by churches dedicated to him since the eighth century.  The translation of his relics from the catacomb of Sant’Emidio alla Grotte to the crypt of the cathedral happened probably around the year 1000 under Bernardo II, bishop of Ascoli.

In 1703, a violent earthquake occurred in the Marche but did not affect the city of Ascoli Piceno.  The city’s salvation was attributed to St. Emygdius and he was thenceforth invoked against earthquakes.

On Target!

Tropical Storm Isaac.

Gearing-up for my mental hurricane party!  I hope the Republicans are ready in Tampa.

Limited by the Plain Sense and Intention of the Instrument

From the Virginia Report of 1799:

That this Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views the powers of the Federal Government, as resulting from the compact, to which the states are parties, as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting that compact; as no farther valid than they are authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that in case of a deliberate, palpable and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights, and liberties appertaining to them.