Circus Origin

May 6, 2015 - The Chairman

Who knows about Circus Ginnett?  I certainly didn’t until the other day, when it was mentioned on the field of Waterloo. Show business started for the Ginnetts, a French family, in Briton after they were captured at Waterloo. At this time Ginnetts were big horse people and thought to be in the French cavalry. They […]

The Many Faces of Napoleon: ‘Little Boney’ or Napoleon le Grand?

April 21, 2015 - Alwyn Collinson

This is a guest article by Sheila O’Connell, British Museum Curator. See ‘Bonaparte and the British: prints and propaganda in the age of Napoleon‘ at the British Museum until 16 August 2015. On a Tuesday at the end of January, we unpacked the marvellous large bronze head of Napoleon Bonaparte made by Antonio Canova for […]


April 17, 2015 - Alwyn Collinson

With the bicentenary anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo fast approaching, the National Army Museum conducted a survey investigating how much Brits really know about this monumental Battle… We’re all familiar with places named after the Battle of Waterloo, from pubs named after the Duke of Wellington to Waterloo Station in London, but do Brits […]

Racing Legends

April 12, 2015 - The Chairman

Having just watched the Grand National it reminded me that a correspondent recently informed us that although winners of the Derby were always English bred up until 1865 the winner that year was a horse called “Gladiateur”. It was a French bred horse and was nicknamed “The Avenger of Waterloo”. The same correspondent told me […]

Macabre Find

April 9, 2015 - The Chairman

Archaeologists have made an interesting find in 2012. A skeleton was found during the excavation on the battlefield when building a new Car Park adjacent to the Mound. There was much speculation as to the identity of the man whose right rib cage was still holding a musket ball, see the attached photo. In the […]

Greenjackets to the Fore

March 25, 2015 - The Chairman

The general and I attended an excellent re-opening of the Waterloo Exhibition at Winchester. The Duke of Wellington declared the exhibition open and stated what a good show it was. Notable was the renewed Waterloo Diorama, all 35,500 figures cleaned by hand and now accompanied by a commentary by the lovely Kate Aidie. Also of […]

Wellington’s Places: Stratfield Saye

March 19, 2015 - Alwyn Collinson

This is a guest article written by his Grace the Duke of Wellington. Stratfield Saye was the seat of the first Duke of Wellington, given to him by a grateful nation in the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo.  At the time of the Battle of Waterloo, a beautiful stately home already existed at Stratfield Saye. The […]

Old Soldiers Do Die!

March 15, 2015 - The Chairman

My correspondent in Belgium has sent this picture from the Sphere Magazine to me, as it is of an old Yorkshire soldier. The 14th became the West Yorks.  He was the last officer from Waterloo to survive.  He died in October 1891.  He was outlived by John Hopwood, who allegedly served at Waterloo and lived […]

Waterloo Euro

March 13, 2015 - The Chairman

The General and I had a good laugh at this cartoon over the French reaction to the rejection of the design of the 3 Euro coin. Wellington on the left  is saying: “The Euro is stupid but with Waterloo on it’s a stroke of genius” whilst Napoleon says “What!” “Who made this?” and the gallant Grenadier […]

Mercer Found

March 12, 2015 - The Chairman

Thanks to the blog the General has found a Mercer. That’s a relief all round as it was proving difficult. Of further interest we were in Exeter today, having lunch with an eminent historian and one thing led to another and the General discovered that Cavalie Mercer was buried in St David’s Church. So after lunch […]