12 August 1914: 1st Battalion Regimental Orders

On this day in 1914, the 1st Battalion The Black Watch received their orders to march off the next day, taking with them all spare ammunition. Two days later, on 14 August 1914, the Battalion would land at Le Havre. Below are the 1st Battalion Regimental Orders by Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Grant Duff.

1st Battalion Regimental Orders from Lt Col Adrian Grant Duff.

1st Battalion Regimental Orders from Lt Col Adrian Grant Duff.


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One Response to 12 August 1914: 1st Battalion Regimental Orders

  1. Peter Barclay says:

    On the day that William and Mary were crowned in Westminster Abbey, a crowd gathered round the Market Cross in Edinburgh. The townsfolk had come to hear William and Mary proclaimed the sovereigns of Scotland, England and Ireland. Round the Market Cross stood the heralds, dressed in velvet coats, with the flags of the three nations sewn on them. Each held in his hand a long roll of paper. Each unrolled it, and began to read the new law, on after the other. When they had finished, the trumpeters blew a blast, and William and Mary were King and Queen of Scotland. The Scots had chosen the same king and queen as England, because they were both Protestants. James, however, had many friends in Scotland. The Episcopalians were almost all on his side. The Highlanders also wished James to be king instead of William, And they were always ready to fight when they had a leader. They did find a leader– Graham of Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee. When Dundee raised the king’s flag on the hills of the North, three thousand clansmen gathered to fight. The king’s troops, under General Mackay, marched north to give battle to the Highlanders. As they drew near Blair Atholl, where Dundee was encamped, they had to go through the deep Pass of Killiecrankie. Slowly they made their way. Scarce two could march abreast, and the river Garry roared beneath. When they had all marched through this rocky pass, they saw the clansmen drawn up for battle. Mackay placed his men in line three deep across the mouth of the pass. After watching the king’s army for two weary hours, the Highlanders rushed against the enemy to the sound of the bagpipes. They stopped a moment to fire their pistols. Then throwing them away, and drawing their claymores, they rushed on the thin line, yelling their war-cries. The king’s troops had never had to fight in this way before. “In two minutes the battle was lost and won”. Mackay’s men were driven down the pass. Shortly after the fight began, Dundee, riding in front of his men, fell from his horse, struck by a musket ball. “How goes the day?” he asked. “Well for King James,” answered a soldier. “If it is well for him, it matters less for me,” said the dying Graham. On the death of Dundee, the Highlanders went back to their native glens. “The war,” as King William said, “ended with Dundee’s life.”

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