Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 03.12.2002
 
The  Black Watch 
(Royal Highland Regiment)
crest and tie
by James Robinson
United Kingdom 
  Titles & Lineage
  History
  Battle Honours
  Colours, Standards & Guidons
  Uniforms & Badges
  Colonels-in-Chief
  Colonels

  Biography & Gallantry Awards
  Traditions
  Alliances
  Associations, Forums, Re-Enactors
  Museums, Monuments, Memorials
  Bibliography

How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
 
1881.07.01 The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
formed by union:
 
1935 The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)
     
The Black Watch (Army site)
Fact File, by Diana M. Henderson (Scots at War)
Lineage and History (Scottish Military Historical Society)
The Black Watch (Edinburgh Tattoo)
The Black Watch, by Glenvil Roberts.
History of the Regiment (Regimental site)
The Black Watch, 1881-1975 (Regimental site)
The Black Watch, by Dave Depickere (World War II Analyzed)
The Black Watch ... movements ... during the Great War, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
The Black Watch [in the Great War], by C. F. Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
Black Watch Chindits, by Stewart Cochrane.
Service In World War II - Korea, by 42nd Black Watch Highland Society Inc.
Regulars:
  1st Battalion [1881-present]
2nd Battalion [1881-1948]
Militia:
  The Royal Perthshire Rifle Regiment of Militia
Lineage (Scottish Military Historical Society)
Territorials and Volunteers:
The Territorial Soldiers (Regimental site)
Lineage, 1859-1908 (Scottish Military Historical Society)
Lineage of The Black Watch since 1967, by Wienand Drenth.
3rd (Volunteer) Battalion The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment), by John Vicca.
5th (Angus & Dundee) Battalion [WW1], by Ian Edwards.
Cadets:
Black Watch Battalion, ACF (ACF Scotland)
[combined battle honours of 42nd Regiment and 73rd Regiment, plus:]  

Guadaloupe 17591, Martinique 17621, Havannah1, North America 1763-642, Mysore5Busaco3, Salamanca4South Africa 1846-76, 1851-2-36 Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt 1882 '84, Kirbekan, Nile 1884-5, Paardeberg, South Africa 1899-1902

The Great War [25 battalions]:  Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914 '18, Aisne 1914, La Bassée 1914, Ypres 1914 '17 '18, Langemarck 1914, Gheluvelt, Nonne Bosschen, Givenchy 1914, Neuve Chapelle, Aubers, Festubert 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916, Bazentin, Delville Wood, Pozi�res, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Thiepval, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916, Arras 1917 '18, Vimy 1917, Scarpe 1917 '18, Arleux, Pilckem, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Rosi�res, Lys, Estaires, Messines 1918, Hazebrouck, Kemmel, B�thune, Scherpenberg, Soissonnais-Ourcq, Tardenois, Drocourt-Qu�ant, Hindenberg Line, �p�hy, St Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Courtrai, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Doiran 1917, Macedonia 1915-18, Egypt 1916, Gaza, Jerusalem, Tell'Asur, Megiddo, Sharon, Damascus, Palestine 1917-18, Tigris 1916, Kut al Amara 1917, Baghdad, Mesopotamia 1915-17

The Second World War:  Defence of Arras, Ypres-Comines Canal, Dunkirk 1940, Somme 1940, St. Valery-en-Caux, Saar, Breville, Odon, Fontenay le Pesnil, Defence of Rauray, Caen, Falaise, Falaise Road, La Vie Crossing, Le Havre, Lower Maas, Venlo Pocket, Ourthe, Rhineland, Reichswald, Goch, Rhine, North-West Europe 1940 '44-45, Barkasan, British Somaliland 1940, Tobruk 1941, Tobruk Sortie, El Alamein, Advance on Tripoli, Medenine, Zemlet el Lebene, Mareth, Akarit, Wadi Akarit East, Djebel Roumana, Medjez Plain, Si Mediene, Tunis, North Africa 1941-43, Landing in Sicily, Vizzini, Sferro, Gerbini, Adrano, Sferro Hills, Sicily 1943, Cassino II, Liri Valley, Advance to Florence, Monte Scalari, Casa Fortis, Rimini Line, Casa Fabbri Ridge, Savio Bridgehead, Italy 1944-45, Athens, Greece 1944-45, Crete, Heraklion, Middle East 1941, Chindits 1944, Burma 1944

The Hook 1952, Korea 1952-53

4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Battalions:  South Africa 1900-02

1.  awarded 1909 for services of 42nd Regiment.
2.  awarded 1914 for services of 42nd Regiment.
3.  awarded 1910 for service of 42nd Regiment.
4.  awarded 1951 for service of 42nd Regiment.
5.  awarded 1889 for service of 73rd Regiment.
6.  awarded 1882 for service of 73rd Regiment.

   
Badges:  
Uniform:  
   
   
     
   
1912.12 F.M. HM King George V
1937.05.13 HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
  1881.07.01 [1st Bn:] Gen. Sir Duncan Alexander Cameron, GCB
  1881.07.01 [2nd Bn:] Gen. Sir Henry Robert Ferguson-Davie, Bt
  1888.06.09 [1st Bn:] Gen. Sir Robert Rollo, KCB
  1907.02.26 Lt-Gen. Sir John Chetham McLeod, GCB
  1914.01.11 Gen. Sir John Grenfell Maxwell, GCB, KCMG, CVO, DSO
  1929.02.21 Gen. Sir Archibald Rice Cameron, GBE, KCB, CMG
  1940.08.28 Gen. Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope, GCB, GCMG, CIE, DSO
  1946.03.01 F.M. Sir Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl wavell, GCB, GCSI, GCIE, CMG, MC
  1950.05.24 Gen. Sir Neil Methuen Ritchie, GBE, KCB, DSO, MC
  1952.06.19 Maj-Gen. Neil McMicking, CB, CBE, DSO, MC
1960.03.31 Maj-Gen. Robert Keith Arbuthnot, 15th Viscount Arbuthnot, CB, CBE, DSO, MC
1964.06.01 Brig. Henry Conyers Baker-Baker, DSO, MBE
1969.06.27 Col. (Hon. Brig.) Sir Bernard Edward Fergusson, GCMG, GCVO, DSO, OBE
1976.05.06 Brig. John Cassells Montieth, CBE, MC, JP
1981.09.28 Maj-Gen. Andrew Linton Watson
 
1992.09.28 Brig. Garry Charles Barnett, OBE
Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference). 
VCs in the Black Watch Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
James Whittaker Barnes, by Fred Larimore.
 
Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit
Nicknames:
Anniversaries: Red Hackle Day (5 Jan.)
Freedoms: Dundee (23 June 1959), Perth (19 July 1947)
Marches: quick: All the Blue Bonnets are o'er the Border
  slow: The Garb of Old Gaul (Reid)
  Pipes & Drums quick: Hielan' Laddie
  Pipes & Drums slow: My Home
  Pipes & Drums slow: High Cradle Song
Musicians:
The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada
-present
The Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Regiment 1927-present
The Prince Edward Island Highlanders
-1946
The Prince Edward Island Regiment 1946-present
30th Infantry Battalion (The New South Wales Scottish Regiment) 1910?-1960
42nd Infantry Battalion (The Capricornia Regiment) 1939-1960
The Royal Queensland Regiment 1967-present
The Royal New South Wales Regiment 1967-present
The Transvaal Scottish 1938-1961,
1994-
The New Zealand Scottish Regiment

The Black Watch Webring
42nd Black Watch Highland Society, Inc.
6th Battalion, Black Watch (Great War Association)
The Black Watch Museum, Perth (Army listing)
The Black Watch Museum, Perth, by Henrik Teller (Simonides listing).
The Black Watch Museum, Perth (SMHS listing).
Memorial to The Black Watch at Aberfeldy, by Karl Murray.
Regimental Journal:
 The red hackle. 3 times a year.
Full Histories:
Short Histories:

Militia:

Territorials/Volunteers:

First World War:

Second World War: