November 16, 2018 · Comments Off on Their Name Liveth – Armistice Centenary Event

Their Name Liveth – Armistice Centenary Event


On Sunday 11 November we marked 100 years since the end of the First World War, with a spectacular projection on the Holyrood façade. This projection included historic photographs from the war, images of poppies, and photographs of those who were affected to commemorate the Armistice.

Their Name Liveth – an illumination project

The illumination was created by artist Ross Ashton honouring the 134,712 men and women listed in the Scottish National War Memorial Roll of Honour.

The projection included names of Scottish servicemen, munitions factory workers, Merchant Navy personnel, and overseas servicemen who fought on behalf of the United Kingdom during the war and was accompanied by recorded and live music.

The projection was set to Sir John Blackwood McEwen’s String Quartets Volume 1 by the Chilingrian Quartet, and also featured images and designs that tell the story of the global war which ended 100 years ago.

MSP Stories

In the lead up to the event, we asked MSPs to share any WW1 related stories they might have heard from family members.

Murdo Fraser MSP

Elaine Smith MSP

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP 


We also spoke to Antonia Reeve, a photographer whose work was featured in the projection. Her photographs of the stained glass windows in the Scottish National War Memorial conveyed both the immense suffering of those Scots who died during the war but also their heroism.

We asked Antonia about how she felt about being involved in this thought-provoking project.

The Musicians who played during the performance

Cpl Mark Black – Piper

Cpl Black spent nine years as an installation technician in the Royal Corps of Signals.  He is also a piper in the Royal Signals pipes and drums.  Cpl Black is pipe major qualified and is now currently a piping instructor in The Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming (ASBM&HD).  He also served in Afghanistan during op Herrick.

Cpl Gary Peden – Bugler

Cpl Peden served fifteen years as an infantryman in the Royal Irish Regiment.  He is also a drummer in the Royal Irish bugles, pipes and drums.  Cpl Peden is drum major qualified and is now currently a drumming instructor in The Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming (ASBM&HD).  He has served in Northern Ireland during op Banner and in Afghanistan during both op Herrick and Toral.

In addition to the two musicians, Stuart McMillan MSP also performed.


This project was created in partnership with The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Scottish National War Memorial and artist Ross Ashton of the Projection Studio.

Credits – images used in the projection were provided by the following collections:

National Library of Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Antonia Reeve Photography – images of the Scottish National War Memorial, Imperial War Museum, National Galleries of Scotland, Scotland’s People – National Records of Scotland, CSG CIC, Glasgow Museums and Libraries Collection: Special Collections, Glasgow City Archives, University of Glasgow Archive, McLean Museum – Inverclyde Council, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum, The Black Watch Museum, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Collection, The Gordon Highlanders Museum, The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum

Additional images were sourced from Historic Environment Scotland’s SCRAN photo library, representing the following collections:

National Museums of Scotland, Courtesy of the Bruce/Leslie Collection, Dalmellington & District Conservation Trust, Dumfries and Galloway Museums Service, Archive Services – University of Dundee, East Lothian Museums Service, Falkirk Museums, John Robertson, Lothian Health Services Archive, Margaret Morrell, Montrose Air Station Museum Trust, Napier University, North Ronaldsay Heritage Trust, St Andrews University Library, The Scotsman Publications Ltd, Unicorn Preservation Society.