The Black Watch Museum archivist, Richard McKenzie, shares with us his thoughts on a recent donation our our collections:
“One of the great joys of working in a museum is being able to fill in those annoying little holes of knowledge that exist within collections. Yesterday we received four albums filled with documents from the military career of Lt Col J A Blair, who served with the Black Watch from the 1930s right through the war and afterwards. Of great interest in themselves, the museum team were particularly delighted when they came upon a large section of documents relating to the 4th Battalions service in Gibraltar. Their time on ‘The Rock’ is one of which we have very little material, and this one album has more than tripled the material previously possessed by the collection. As a result of this the archivist has still yet to surface, having last been seen sitting in a corner, mumbling arcane phrases such as “rock excavation manual,” “Ark Royal match,” and “Menu card with signatures.”
A huge thank you to the Blair family for their generous donation.