Reid, John, 1722-1807

John Reid b. Straloch, Perthshire 1721 or 1722; d. London 1807.

General in the British Army and Founder of the Reid Chair of Music, University of Edinburgh.

Scottish composer and flautist.
Reid's most well-known work is his March of the 42nd or Old Highland Regiment 'In the Garb of old Gaul.'

Following the Battle of Culloden (16 April 1746), the Dress Act (1746) banned the wearing of tartan and kilts except by soldiers of the British army. The highland dress of the ‘Black Watch’ or 42nd (Highland) Regiment, of which John Reid was a senior officer, was therefore unusual and the title of Reid’s march ‘In the garb of old Gaul’ refers to a style of clothing that was outlawed and no longer worn by Scottish Highlanders.  Lance Whitehead  

General Reid's March 'In the garb of old Gaul' is widely heard today as it has been selected as the Regimental Slow March of the Scots Guards.

Nationality:
British, Scottish

Works