The history of the Brown Bess musket

THE FORFAR Rotary were given an interesting and informative talk by Major Ronnie Proctor from Kirriemuir last week.

Major Proctor began his talk by telling members that “the Land Pattern Musket or Brown Bess was used by the British Army for over 100 years.”

He went on to describe the Brown Bess musket in detail and told members of how it was used all over the world in various forms for around 180 years.

The weapon is responsible for many everyday expressions such as ‘Flash in the Pan’, ‘Bite the Bullet’ and ‘Side Burns’.

Major Proctor served in the Black Watch for 40 years and is still involved with the Black Watch at Balhousie Museum at Perth with the Black Watch Association.

Such was the enthusiasm shown by the Forfar Rotarians it will surely not be long before Major Proctor will be asked back to give another talk.

Club president Mike Cumming called upon Rotarian Jim Nicol to accord the formal vote of thanks before closing the meeting.