Object of the Month – The Chaplain of The Black Watch, 11 May 1745

This painting by William Skeoch Cumming (1864-1929) is a watercolour dated to 1897.

The story of the chaplain at Fontenoy tells that the Chaplain, philosopher and historian Adam Fergusson, played an active role in both fighting and tending the soldiers at the Battle of Fontenoy in 1743.

The story was so inspirational that in 1897 Skeoch Cumming painted this watercolour, titled The Chaplain of The Black Watch, 11 May 1745. From contemporary portraits of Adam Fergusson, it is clear that Skeoch Cumming modelled his chaplain on the influential philosopher. The story of Fergusson’s leading a column of men in to battle was also told by Sir Walter Scott.

Research now shows that Fergusson could not have been the chaplain at Fontenoy, as he had not yet left Scotland. However, the story remains part of Regimental history and an inspiration to soldiers serving today


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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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