Willoughby, a Cavalier of Substance

AMAZING GRACE... ENGLISH HYMN WRITTEN BY POET AND CLERGYMAN JOHN NEWTON AND PUBLISHED IN 1779. THE FIRST KNOWN INSTANT JOINED TO MUSIC WAS AS A COMPANION TO THE DUCHESS OF HUNTINGDON'S HYMNS IN 1808. MUSIC COMPOSED BY WILLIAM WALKER WHO FIRST JOINED IT WITH THE MUSIC OF "NEW BRITAIN." POPULAR INDEED THE BEAUTIFUL HYMN IS STILL PLAYED AND SUNG AT LEAST 10 MILLION TIMES EVERY YEAR.
A SCOTTISH PIPER
WILLOUGHBY'S BEST FRIEND, SIR AND COL. SCOTTISH ROBERT EOWAN MCGREGOR 7TH. EARL OF LOCHLAN... IS SAD, BUT EVEN SO PROUD TO BE ONE OF THE FEW... NOW AN ELITE ROYAL CAVALIER.
"IF THIS IS HEAVEN, I RATHER GO TO HELL, BOYS! YOU'RE NOTHING BUT A BLOODY HEAP OF USELESS SHEEP SCULLS... I'M DAMN PROUD OF! HELL AND HALLELUJAH, LADS!" ALWAYS REMEMBERED, SERGEANT LAWRENCE DUNNAWAY, 1780-1812. REST IN PEACE.

William Willoughby's Poem engraved on a plaque and put up on a large Yorkshire stone with ceremony, Scottish pipers, officers and soldiers in the Lindesay Hall Rosegarden under an oak tree after he and best friend Robert McGregor have entered a very old, highly trained elite Unit... both even Knighted several times... and now of the Elite Force of the Royal Cavaliers... Special indeed a synonym for Secret Service... and quite a lot more... Rob often calls them 'Dangerous Diplomates'...

1814, Sir William, Col. Willoughby Viscount Lindesay and more...

To All Fallen Brothers

To all courageous lives ended with sword, canon or bullets of lead.

To all Brothers… No longer our enemies instead…

For Power and Ambition even Friends will part.

To silent fallen Heroes always true to a loyal heart.

To Courage always ready to fight for what thought right.

To Brave Men convinced Honour is being Victorious,

Now certain bones on battlefields are never Glorious.

To Sons taught to hate by greedy, ruthless men.

To many a young Mate we shall never see again.

To gallant Officers who believed what was told,

Always willing to give, but hardly getting old...

Eloquence never asking: “Parlez Vous…?”

Or merely educated: “How do you do?”

On battlefields God was indeed hard to find,

As we wondered; is He on your side or mine?

Perhaps never wanting to be near,

Seeing what we are really doing down here...

Again infinite bones in rotting uniforms everywhere,

Whilst anyone hardly remembers or give a care...

Of how we spoke, what we believed in or who we were.

 

People even snubbing whether whatever left of you,

Is in the rags of a Redcoat, in dark green or French blue,

But needless to tell… still much of a man,

For even your bones in a muddy field give what they can,

Whether an arm, a leg or a scull… all just grounded up,

To raise a much better crop… for Life will never stop.

Just dirt to dirt... Man again fertilizing Mother Earth.

All the same, said never to be found lying around…

Bloodied buttons and buckles secretly hidden in hay,

Are polished and sold by those in need on a rainy day.

Again virility of spring...

Is in winter quite a nourishing thing,

For Life still goes around and around in ring…

Even dressed in proud red, white and blue… more than two…

Maps and Rulers changed in less than a hundred years,

Ludicrous are our Hates and our Fears.

Do let us in memory of Confucius agree,

For seasoned veterans of war and intellect are we thought to be,

Saluting in attention with infinitely more comprehension,

We Honour You Forever still certain Humanity might never understand,

Honor, Glory and Victory are in Brothers holding out a Loving hand.

 

 

Col. RCEF Sir William Francis Willoughby Lindesay   England

KG GCB KP KT

 

Col. RCEF Sir Robert Eowan Lochlan McGregor          Scotland

KG GCB KP KT

 

1st. Royal Life Guards  1807 - 1810

13Th. “Jolly Ruffians “Rifle Company On Foot 1810  Portugal, Spain

13Th. Mounted “Invincible Wildman“ Rifle Company 1811-1814 Spain

1st. Royal Life Guards  1814 England *

 

(*Really Royal Cavaliers-Elite Force Secret Intelligence Service 1814)

 

                          Willowbee Manor, Lindesay Hall, Yorkshire 1814

 

Copyright©2013 Kari M. Knutsen

 

 

                                      CONFUCIUS 551 - 479 BC

                                                Golden Rule
                                     Basic Rights for Humanity

      Do not do to others what you do not wish to be done to yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Annie Johnson | Reply 03.09.2017 20.46

Enjoyed your Historic page.

John Kavanagh | Reply 20.04.2016 05.12

Stunning write, a very meaningful write a tormenting read that man still holds greed above fellow man.

Jean C Bertrand | Reply 23.08.2015 15.12

Interesting.God Bless

Darren Scanlon | Reply 11.10.2014 02.48

Wow, a beautiful piece.

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