It is advisable to learn about this beer ingesting elephant who lived in Edinburgh Fort through the 1800s

Edinburgh Castle has performed host to all method of holiday makers and residents over the centuries, however essentially the most attention-grabbing by far is a beer ingesting elephant.

Edinburgh Stay beforehand introduced you the story of the elephant that was kept in an Old Town flat again in 1705, however the subsequent one to reside within the capital was in fairly extra grandiose lodging over 125 years later.

The 78th Highlanders returned from a submit in Ceylon, which is now modern-day Sri Lanka, in 1838, however they introduced with them an elephant as a type of regimental mascot. In fact.


The elephant, who’s identify isn’t identified, lived in the Castle stables and was taken care of by a Non-public McIntosh.

His actions weren’t restricted to merely sleeping and consuming. He was head of the marching band, headed up regimental parades and when he wasn’t doing these, drank beer.

Not that we’re suggesting the troopers have been enjoying an animal with alcohol although. The elephant would apparently attain his trunk by the bars within the mess home windows to quench his thirst for bevy.


Together with the Scottish Crown Jewels, however no much less prestigious, the elephant’s toenails are on show within the Nationwide Struggle Museum positioned inside the Fort.

The memorial to the 78 Highlanders on the esplanade options the elephant, carved in to the stone on the foot of the Celtic cross upon a plinth.

Erected in 1861, the memorial commemorates the 256 officers and non-commissioned officers who really feel within the suppression of the Indian mutiny in 1857.

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