Waterloo 200 Charles Ewart and Kilmarnocks Eagle

On the 18th June 1815 the Battle of Waterloo took place in Belgium, and saw the end of the Emperor Napoleon's attempts to rule Europe. Led by the Duke of Wellington, an allied force drove Napoleon's army into retreat and eventual defeat. A decisive point in the battle was the capture of one of Napoleon's Standards and Eagle - a battle flag with an Imperial Eagle on top. This brought huge shame upon Napoleon and made the soldier who captured the Standard - Sergeant Charles Ewart of the Scots Greys, born near Kilmarnock - a national hero.

Today the Standard and Eagle are kept on display in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum in Edinburgh Castle. Ewart himself is buried on Edinburgh Castle esplanade, a Scottish hero, and the only person to have this honour.

The Waterloo 200 - Charles Ewart and Kilmarnock's Eagle exhibition was just one of many events that took place in 2015, nationally and internationally to commemorate this historic battle. 

This exhibition (now closed) at Dean Castle featured a replica of the Standard, painstakingly created by the Dean Castle's Textile Team.  It also featured original objects and documents, musical instruments, a uniform and weapons from the Napoleonic wars. The exhibition examined how the wars affected Ayrshire and looked at other indiviuals who took part in the battle and also explored Ewarts story.

View footage of the impressive commemorative parade through Kilmarnock town centre led by the replica Standard - below. It also features the pipes and drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, the horses of the Scots Greys, serving and veteran forces and armoured vehicles.

 

You can find out more about Ewart and the Napoleonic Wars at Future Museum