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An interesting set of original documents relating to Sergeant Piper Robert McKenzie, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards, who saw service out in Egypt at the battle of Tel-El-Kebir on 13th September 1882, and was requested to become Piper to the Royal Cal...

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An interesting set of original documents relating to Sergeant Piper Robert McKenzie, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards, who saw service out in Egypt at the battle of Tel-El-Kebir on 13th September 1882, and was requested to become Piper to the Royal Caledonian Asylum at Holloway in London, having previously been employed as an Under Gamekeeper at Skibo Castle, as a Warden at the Prison of Edinburgh, and as a Police Constable for the Leith Dock and Harbour Constabulary circa 1863.

Scots Guards Certificate of Good Conduct and Long Service, issued to: ‘No:2075 Sergeant Piper Robert McKenzie, who was discharged from the Scots Guards on 4th March 1890, after 22 years 31 days service with the regiment, and awarded a gratuity of £13, dated 4th March 1890.

British Army Parchment Certificate of Discharge, dated 4th March 1890.

British Army Parchment Certificate of Character on Discharge, dated 4th March 1890.

British Army Pensioners Life Certificate, dated 31st March 1890.

British Army Pensioners Certificate of Identity, dated 4th October 1907.

Letter of Reference confirming his employment as Under Gamekeeper at Skibo Castle, he was employed there for two years, dated 23rd June 1864.

Letter of Reference confirming his employment as a Constable with the Leith Dock and Harbour Constabulary from 3rd July 1863, dated 31st August 1864.

Letter of Reference confirming his employment as a Warden at the Prison of Edinburgh, he was employed there for 18 months, dated 25th June 186(?).

Royal Caledonian Asylum Letter requesting McKenzie to undertake the duties of Piper to the institution located at Holloway in London, dated 15th July 1879.

Original card mounted photograph of recipient with his baby, this taken by the photographer A.L. Jarchy, of 45 Union Road, Rotherhithe.

Robert McKenzie was originally employed as an Under Gamekeeper at Skibo Castle on the shores of the Dornoch Firth in the eastern Highlands of Scotland, where he worked for two years during the early 1860’s before gaining employment as a Warden at the Prison of Edinburgh for 18 months, and then as a Police Constable for the Leith Dock and Harbour Constabulary from 3rd July 1863. This was his last employment before joining the army.

McKenzie then attested for service with the British Army circa 1864, and went on to see 22 years and 31 days service with the Scots Guards, ultimately ending up as a Sergeant Piper (No.2075) and having gained entitlement to the Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-1889, reverse dated for 1882, with clasp for Tel-El-Kebir, the Khedive’s Star dated 1882, and the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

During his service, he was requested to serve as Piper to the Royal Caledonian Asylum at Holloway in London in July 1879, and was finally discharged in London on 4th March 1890.