Twelfth, The Glorious


The Glorious Twelfth is the 12th of August and marks the official start of the grouse shooting season.

It is preceded by the Illustrious Eleventh, when shelling ptarmigan with short-range mortars becomes legal and followed by the Thrilling Thirteenth when capercailzie can be dispatched with sea-launched cruise missiles.

By tradition, the first grouse shot on the Glorious Twelfth is presented to the chief of the McGrumble Clan at Whingepeeve Castle on the banks of Loch Snipe, where it is roasted in a whisky-soaked cooking sporran and served with heather and thistle stuffing.