Object of the Month – Powderhorns

These three powder horns date from the eighteenth century. They were used during the North American campaigns by members of the Regiment.

 Each soldier was issued with a powder horn. It would have contained black powder used for charging his musket.

18th century powderhorn 2This carved powder horn illustrates a map of North America. The map covers a large area, including the Delware River, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Halifax. The horn is inscribed to Captain A McBean.

18th century powderhorn 3

This carved powder horn illustrates a map of North America with battle scenes from the American Wars of Independence. The carvings include groups of figures, possibly groups of Native Americans and local colonials. There is no name in the framed label, only a sheaf of corn and a sickle.

18th century powder horn 1This carved powder horn is inscribed to Hector MacDonald (1758-63). The carvings are Masonic symbols. These include St Andrew and the cross, which are part of The Black Watch Lodge symbols


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The Museum of The Black Watch offers an insight into one of the British Army's if not the world's most famous fighting units. Scotland's Black Watch is an elite military regiment whose history stretches back almost three centuries.
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