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Hector the hero

We should welcome a play that questions the “establishment” view of Major-General Hector MacDonald, or “Fighting Mac” (your report, 19 January).

He remained a hero to many in spite of the allegations against him.

In particular, James Scott Skinner composed a beautiful and memorable fiddle tune, Hector The Hero, within a week of Hector’s death in March 1903.

The tune also goes well on bagpipe, on which I sometimes play it. Hector’s alleged suicide saved the British establishment of the time from a controversial trial. There are still those who believe or suspect that he was innocent of the charges against him and that his death was not suicide.

David Stevenson

Blacket Place

Edinburgh

 
 
 

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