The success of this show led him to the CBC as a writer, and eventually a career in
advertising. He also performed a series of one-man presentations in various military
messes entitled "Songs and Poems of War and Empire."
The culmination of Mr. Whyte's service as Regimental Bard came in 1990
with the first professional commercial recording of the Regimental Pipes and Drums.
Mr. Whyte wrote and performed a tribute to the Regiment's performance at Walcheren
Causeway entitled "Hallowe'en 1944." He also put words to the traditional
pipe tune "The Black Bear" which paid tribute to the officers and men of the
Tenth Battalion who fought at the Battle of St. Julien in April 1915. In addition to
performing these two tributes on the recording, he also sang "The Skye Boat
Song" and "Westering Home" with the accompaniment of the Pipes and Drums.
Finally, the words to Highland Cathedral were penned by Mister Whyte, though they
are not sung on the recording. Instead, the Pipes and Drums played with the
accompaniment of Mister Terence Fullerton on the Carthy Organ.
Mister Whyte has since turned to writing fiction and is an
extremely successful author. His interest in 5th Century history and the 460-year
Roman military occupation of Britain grew from his education in Scotland and cultivated a
preoccupation with Arthurian legend. His works are designed to flesh out the King
Arthur legend and the mystery of the Sword in the Stone. The first novel The
Skystone was published in Canada, as part of the "A Dream of Eagles" series,
in 1992. The Singing Sword followed in 1993, followed by The Eagles' Brood
in 1994, The Saxon Shore in 1995, and The Sorcerer in 1997, published in two
halves of 500 pages each. All five novels have achieved Canadian Best-Seller status
on the Toronto Globe and Mail's Top Ten Best Seller list. The books have been
successful in foreign markets and have been published in other languages.
After his work with the Regiment in 1990, Mister Whyte and
his wife, with whom he had five children, moved to British Columbia. His talent has
provided the Regiment with an easily accessible and entertaining set of tributes to fallen
soldiers in both World Wars.