Black Watch Regimental Museum

Black Watch Tartan
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Black Watch Tartan

Located in Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth, the Black Watch Regimental Museum is part of the Regimental Headquarters of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) which originated as one of the Independent Companies of Highlanders created in the 1720s to police the Scottish Highlands in the aftermath of the first Jacobite Rising. The original six companies were amalgamated in 1739 to form The Highland Regiment of Foot. Traditionally drawn from Angus, Fife, Dundee, Perth and Perthshire, the soldier wear a distinctive red hackle in their headgear. More than 50,000 officers and men served in the regiment during the First World War and over half died or were wounded.

The museum is arranged chronologically within seven rooms and includes paintings, weapons, uniforms, medals and other memorabilia associated with the regiment.

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