Just having a discussion on another website. I was told by my Drum Major (QLR if taht changes anything) that the Mace represents the monarch, and therefore should not be turned upside down except by the lead Drummy on a Massed Guards parade. However it has been put forward that it is actually descended from a Mace as in the twirly spiked ball on the end of a chain used by Knights to hit people over the head with!!! This comes from an american site. On a DERR (now part of RGBW) site, it says that the mace possibley comes from the symbol of office used by officials at the head of parades, so surely this fits in with what I was told and that it some how represents the monarch or monarchs head. Does anyone know? I really can't see how it could come from a medieval weapon that was used by horse mounted knights to the Drumy, who to my knowledge has never been mounted, and of course the small matter of a 100 odd years between the Drumy coming about and the ceasing of use of the mace as a weapon. Any links to sites appreciated, sick of looking at Boy scouts and American police pipe bands!!