About

The Museum of The Black Watch, located in Perth, Scotland, 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.

This blog gives an insight into the collection held at the Museum and any other news or stories about goings-on at Balhousie Castle that we think you might find interesting!

For information about visiting the museum, such as the address and opening hours, please visit our website at www.theblackwatch.co.uk.

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6 Responses to About

  1. Julie Fleet says:

    Hello, I’m researching a soldier from my home town (of Hyde, Cheshire) that served in WW! 2nd Bn Royal Highlanders as part of a larger 100 year Armistice project. His service records were destroyed (WW2) and information is limited, but I have managed to trace some details. I know he died of enteritis illness (9 Oct 1916) and had to have been taken from service in Mesopotamia to Deccan War Hospital in Poona (some point between Dec 1915 – Oct 1916, prob towards the latter of this date spectrum). I’m trying to locate records from the hospital (unsuccessfully so far!) do you have any other ideas I could try to get a date of admission, or anything else! S/6508 Herbert Bourne.

    • Thank you for your enquiry.
      As military service was always administered by central government the current Regimental organisations can only assemble the associated artefacts and archives which happen to survive and come their way.
      So, although The Black Watch is the oldest Highland Regiment, and has a notably rich heritage the passage of time and the sheer number of men signed up for service, combined with the fact that records of former soldiers had no operational use do mean the regiments retain very few records which relate to individual soldiers.
      Whilst we do have one or two recollections which may be consulted we have no records that relate to the hospitalisation of soldiers in Mesopotamia

      • Julie Fleet says:

        Thanks for your reply, I appreciate you coming back to me. I have been utilising your site during my research, a rich history indeed. I’ve also noted in my research that Pte S/6508 is remembered on your Roll of Honour. Thanks again.

  2. Bruce Archibald says:

    I am trying to find out some more information about my grandfather who was in the Black Watch during WW2, who could assist me?

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