In response to this brouhaha and by request of my lovely wife, I would offer this “beard story”, maybe apocryphal but good value nonetheless .
1745. Charles Stuart, known to history as Bonnie Prince Charlie lands in Scotland and raises the flag of rebellion in an effort to reclaim the Stuart patrimony, the throne of Great Britain.
Sending the call out to the clans, warriors from the highlands and islands flocked to his standard. One such warrior, the young Grant of Glenmoriston, hurried in with his levies and after days of hard travelling arrived in the Prince’s presence, dirty, dishevelled and decidedly unshaved. Reproached by one of the Princes courtiers who had traveled with him from haute couture Versailles for appearing dirty and unshorn, young Grants immortal reply was “It is not beardless boys who are to do His Royal Highness’ turn”!
See, there always was the one-percent cleanly shaven types and the ninety-nine per cent doing the dirty work.