Regimental Association

Our History

The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Association was founded in 1873. It was reshaped in 1919 in the aftermath of the First World War when the founding fathers established an organisation to help the thousands of men who had served in that conflict. It has stood the test of time by supporting soldiers and their families as they face the unique challenges of their Army service. The Association is a registered charity in Scotland (SC016423).

About The Black Watch Association

The Association is based at Balhousie Castle in Perth, which is the spiritual home of The Black Watch. We continue to encourage comradeship and support those who have served in the Regiment and their dependants. We can assist veterans who are in need through their age, physical or mental health, disability, financial hardship or during other challenging circumstances. The charity has an extensive network of Branches and volunteers across the UK who plan and run events which help to initiate and maintain links with old comrades.

How We Can Help

Financial assistance can be given when a report, prepared by SSAFA Forces Help, evidences a genuine need. Any grant given is authorised by an experienced Welfare Committee (who meet monthly) and is then paid to SSAFA Forces Help who administer the expenditure. There is also a Holiday Scheme for widows of Black Watch servicemen. Education and Training Grants can be given to soldiers who served in The Black Watch, are retired or about to retire. This type of grant can, in some cases, be given to their spouse or dependants.

How to Give

Funds to enable the Association to carry out its charitable activities are obtained through our investments and donations, made primarily through the Gift Aid Scheme. If you would like to make a donation to the Association please see our donations and sponsorship page.

How to Get in Touch

A: The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Association, Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth PH1 5HR
T: 01738 623214
E: bwassociation@btconnect.com
Please note that the Association office is staffed part-time. We will return your call or email as soon as we can.

More Information

2020 Forecast of Events Location
January
11th Edinburgh & Lothians Branch Red Hackle Party Night Ex Servicemen’s Club, Leith
25th Angus Branch Burns Supper Forfar
31st Dundee Branch Red Hackle Dinner Dundee
February
1st Perth Branch Burns Supper Perth
3rd Lecture Programme – Ethiopia 1941: The First Victory of the Second World War 1.30pm Lecture commences Tickets ś8 |ś6 Friends Sarah Sherlock will speak about how, for the British and their Allies, the defeat of the Italians in 1941, in Ethiopia largely by colonial forces, was a much needed fillip when all seemed lost in North Africa. But for Ethiopians, it was the end of a 6 year war. So whose war was it? Balhousie Castle, Perth
11th Lecture Programme | Next to Wellington: General Sir George Murray Tickets ?10 | Friends ?8 6.30pm Drinks Reception | 7.00pm Lecture commences John Harding-Edgar will tell us of his ancestor General Sir George Murray: The Story of a Scottish Soldier and Statesman, Wellington’s Quartermaster General ( From Reason to Revolution) Balhousie Castle, Perth
21st Association Trustees Investment Committee Meeting Perth
22nd Dundee Branch AGM Black Watch Club, Dundee
March
3rd Friends Lecture Programme | Next to Wellington: General Sir George Murray Tickets ś10 | Friends ś8 6.30pm Drinks Reception | 7.00pm Lecture commences John Harding-Edgar will tell us of his ancestor General Sir George Murray: The Story of a Scottish Soldier and Statesman, Wellington?s Quartermaster General ( From Reason to Revolution) Balhousie Castle, Perth
6th Association Trustees & Executive Committee Meeting Balhousie Castle, Perth
8th Perth Branch AGM Ex-servicemen’s Club, Perth
20th Fife Branch Rhine Crossing Dinner Kirkcaldy
April
6th Angus Branch AGM Forfar
London
15th London Branch AGM
25th Annual General Meeting Balhousie Castle, Perth
May
9th Edinburgh & Lothians Branch Al Basrah Lunch Scots Guards Club
9th Service in memory of 4th & 5th Battalion, World War Two, Powrie Brae Powrie Brae
10th Aberfeldy Muster
16th Highland Branch Aberfeldy Dinner Inverness
June
8th Officers and Ladies lunch Caledonian Club, London
19th All Ranks Black Watch Association Golf Day Muckhart Golf Club
20th 2020 Regimental Reunion Balhousie Castle, Perth
August
8th Inter Branch Games Day Black Watch Club, Dundee
22nd Highland Branch Annual BBQ Inverness
22nd Families Day, Black Watch 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland Fort George
TBC London Branch Summer Lunch London
September
13th Fife Branch Ladies Alma Lunch Kirkcaldy
19th Perth Branch Croix de Guerre Dinner Perth
20th Angus Branch Standard Rededication London
October
17th Angus Branch El Alamein Dinner Forfar
30th Association Trustees? & Executive Committee Meeting Balhousie Castle, Perth
30th Officers Gathering Dinner Balhousie Castle, Perth
November
5th Field of Remembrance, Westminster Abbey London
6th Balhousie Castle Remembrance Service Balhousie Castle, Perth
8th London Cenotaph Parade London
19th London Branch Dinner London
December
12th Highland Branch Christmas Party Inverness

Supporting those who have served our nation.

Running a Regimental Association which enjoys a worldwide membership and which has at its heart, the care of old comrades and dependants, as well as encouraging comradeship, takes time, commitment (often from volunteers) and money. That is why we are registered as a Charity in Scotland (SC 016423).

Each year the Association pays out more than £50,000 for welfare cases and other miscellaneous grants, including education and training as well as making donations to charities that support ex-Servicemen.

If you would like to support the Regimental Association and thus those who have served our nation in peace and war, please go to our charity donation site by clicking here. Alternatively you can send a cheque made out to The Black Watch Association or if you would like to leave a legacy to the Association in your will, then please contact the Association Secretary at Balhousie Castle.

A: The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Association, Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth PH1 5HR


T: 01738 623214


E: bwassociation@btconnect.com

The office is only manned on a part time basis but we will return your call or e-mail as soon as we can.

PATRON:

His Royal Highness The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG KT CB OM

PRESIDENT:

Councillor Ian Borthwick, Lord Lieutenant of the City of Dundee, MBE

VICE PRESIDENTS:

Mr Stephen Leckie, Lord Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross


Mr Robert Balfour, Lord Lieutenant of Fife, FRICS


Mrs Pat Sawers, Lord Lieutenant of Angus

CHAIRMAN:

Major General (Retd) J M Cowan, CBE, DSO

VICE CHAIRMAN:

Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) R M Riddell, OBE

SECRETARY:

Major (Retd) R J W Proctor, MBE

TRUSTEES:

Mr G Hay

Major (Retd) A A L Watson, LVO

Major (Retd) J M K Erskine, MBE
 

Major (Retd) J D Monteith, MBE



Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) J Menzies

ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY:

Heather Edment | T: 01738 623214 | E: bwassociation@btconnect.com

Branches:

ANGUS BRANCH:

CHAIRMAN:

Major (Retd) R J W Proctor, MBE

SECRETARY:

Mr S Reid | E: steve_reid@aol.com

DUNDEE BRANCH:

CHAIRMAN:

Mr W Barr

SECRETARY:

Mr C C Adam | E: adam8650@sky.com

EDINBURGH, LOTHIAN’S AND BORDERS BRANCH:

CHAIRMAN:

Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) J Menzies

SECRETARY:

Major (Retd) A Stewart BEM | E: akstewart42@btinternet.com

FIFE BRANCH:

CHAIRMAN:

Mr R Scott

SECRETARY:

HIGHLANDS BRANCH:

CHAIRMAN:

WO2 E Nichol

SECRETARY:

Mr G T Kennedy | E: gtk61uk@yahoo.co.uk

LONDON BRANCH:

CHAIRMAN:

Major A A L Watson, LVO

SECRETARY:

Lieutenant Colonel M Smith, MBE | E: wx-fm@rfca.mod.uk

NEWCASTLE BRANCH:

CHAIRMAN:

Mr N Turnbull

SECRETARY:

PERTH BRANCH:

CHAIRMAN:

Captain A McEwen MBE

SECRETARY:

Mr P McLinden

STOKE ON TRENT BRANCH:

CHAIRMAN:

Mr A Shenton

SECRETARY:

Vacant

If you served in The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment), in the Royal Regiment of Scotland, an Allied or Affiliated Regiment, a Territorial Army Infantry unit or sub unit that wore the Red Hackle or are an affiliated Cadet Officer or Adult Instructor and wish to join a Branch, then please contact the Secretary of the relevant Branch.

First published in April 1921, The Red Hackle Magazine is the Regimental Journal of The Black Watch.

With the exception of the war years (1939 – 45) it records the life and spirit of the Regiment in peace and war and the principal character that animates the story is that of the soldier, the “Jock”.

The magazine has evolved over the years but it is now published in November each year. The electronic version of the magazine will not be put on this site until 2 months after its publication date and so to ensure that you are sent your own copy you should subscribe to the magazine by emailing admin.bwassociation@btconnect.com or by phoning 01738 444909 or 01738 623214.

We also hold some back copies of the magazine and these can be ordered using the contact details shown above.

Red Hackle Downloads

A boxed set of three DVDs can be bought from the Museum Shop. They contain digitised copies of all magazines from 1921-2010 and are fully searchable.

Published annually in November, the Regimental magazine of The Black Watch “The Red Hackle” contains current news on all aspects of the Regimental family.

Contributions flood in from far and near from Regulars, Territorials, Cadets, Association and Affiliated Regiments – and the magazine features articles of historical interest, correspondence and obituaries of former Black Watch soldiers.

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Subscriptions

The annual subscription (including postage) for people living in the UK is £14 per annum and for Europe (Surface and Air Mail) the cost is £30. Worldwide Airmail costs £30 per annum. If you wish to subscribe to the magazine please get in touch with us or download the subscription form, complete and return as instructed.

T: 01738 444909 or 01738 623214


E: admin.bwassociation@btconnect.com

The Black Watch Forum exists to allow members of the extended Black Watch family to stay in touch, exchange memories of events and people, post images and to discuss subjects of current interest. It is sponsored by The Black Watch Association and is moderated voluntarily by retired members of the Regiment.

Go to the Black Watch Forums

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Roll of Honour of those who died on operations and whose names are recorded in the Scottish National War Memorial

1st Battalion The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)

Lieutenant John Nigel Rolls Hoare MC – 12 November 1949
(attached to 1st Bn The Seaforth Highlanders)

Lance Corporal George MacKay – 12 November 1949
(attached to 1st Bn Seaforth Highlanders)

Captain Rowland Burch Tarleton – 12 April 1952
(attached to 5th  Bn Malay Regiment)

Lance Corporal Robert McKee – 16 March 1951
(attached to 1st Bn The King’s Own Scottish Borderers)

Private John Nicoll – 20 September 1951
(attached to 1st Bn The King’s Own Scottish Borderers)

Private Neil Livingstone McDougall – 3 October 1951
(attached to 1st Bn The King’s Own Scottish Borderers)

Private William Kirk – 6 July 1952

Private Ian Simpson – 11 July 1952

Private James Lewis – 12 July 1952

Private Martin Hogan – 14 July 1952

Private John Braid – 23 July 1952

Lieutenant Alexander Renny-Tailyour – 25 July 1952

Private Robert Kennedy Easton – 31 July 1952

Private Robert John Gilliland – 31 July 1952

Private Jack Nixon – 1 August 1952

Private Joseph Winters – 1 August 1952

Private Neil Gunn MacLeod – 4 August 1952
(attached to 1st Bn The King’s Own Scottish Borderers)

2nd Lieutenant David Angus Stuart Nicoll – 8 August 1952

Private William Angus Baker – 23 October 1952

Private George Henry Overy – 2 November 1952

Private William Black – 4 November 1952

Private Robert Idris Evans – 4 November 1952

Private Douglas Alcorn Gillespie – 4 November 1952

Private Thomas Bryceland Gormley – 4 November 1952

Private Ronald Amat Greenshields – 4 November 1952

2nd Lieutenant James Gerard Moran McGuigan – 4 November 1952
(The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, attached)

Corporal John Sanderson Russell Reekie – 4 November 1952

Private Robert Shaw – 4 November 1952

Corporal Edward Ernest Hine – 10 November 1952

Private John Walter Patrick – 10 November 1952

Private Robert Deans – 16 November 1952

Private John Keil Farquhar – 16 November 1952

Colour Sergeant Alexander Ramsay – 17 November 1952

Lance Corporal Thomas Gatherum Philp – 18 November 1952

Lance Corporal Maurice Ernest Barden – 19 November 1952

Lance Corporal Derek Duncan Blair – 19 November 1952

Corporal Thomas Scoular Campbell – 19 November 1952

Private Richard Lynas Campbell – 19 November 1952

Corporal Hugh Cox – 19 November 1952

Private Peter Cunningham – 19 November 1952

Private Peter John Dellow – 19 November 1952

2nd Lieutenant John Rodger Kenneth Doig – 19 November 1952
(Seaforth Highlanders, attached)

Private Kenneth Edward Doneathy – 19 November 1952

Private Donald Royston Evans – 19 November 1952

Lance Corporal Malcolm Henry Findlay – 19 November 1952

Private Kenneth Ford – 19 November 1952

Private George Hadden – 19 November 1952

Private Frederick George Hyde – 19 November 1952

Private Duncan Little – 19 November 1952

Private James Muir – 19 November 1952

Lance Corporal Robert Laird Russell – 19 November 1952

Private William Robert Shaw – 19 November 1952

Private William Steven – 19 November 1952

Private Gerald Coley – 24 November 1952

Private Arthur MacKay – 11 April 1953

Lance Corporal Terrence James Hayes – 25 April 1953
(The Essex Regiment, attached)

Acting Corporal Harold James Picken – 5 May 1953

Lieutenant David Alistair Haugh – 8 May 1953
(Seaforth Highlanders, attached)

Private James Irvine – 8 May 1953

Private Robert McKee – 8 May 1953

2nd Lieutenant Alexander Campbell Rattray MC – 8 May 1953

Sergeant Albert Edward Wilson – 8 May 1953
(Seaforth Highlanders, attached)

Private Robert Armour – 21 May 1953

Private Robert Devennie – 24 May 1953

Private James Hannah Burke – 12 June 1953

Private Robert Patterson Stewart – 12 June 1953

Acting Sergeant James Thomas Anderson – 1 July 1953

Private Richard Dewar – 2 July 1953

Lance Corporal Gordon Malbon – 16 July 1953

Private Alexander Campbell Nicoll – 8 September 1953

Private John Harkins Traynor – 26 September 1953

Major Archibald John Arthur The Earl Wavell MC – 24 December 1953

Private James Ross Graham – 1 January 1955

Private David Stein – 4 March 1971

Lance Corporal Edwin Charnley – 18 November 1971

Private Mark Carnie – 19 July 1978
(Serving with 1st Battalion The Queen’s Own Highlanders)

Private Robert Donkin – 14 November 2001

 

Lance Corporal Barry Stephen – 24 March 2003

Private Marc Ferns – 12 August 2004

Private Kevin McHale – 29 October 2004

Sergeant Stuart Gray – 4 November 2004

Private Paul Lowe – 4 November 2004

Private Scott McArdle – 4 November 2004

Private Pita Tukutukuwaqa – 8 November 2004

On 28 March 2006 the 1st Battalion The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) was merged into the Royal Regiment of Scotland and became The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Private Scott Kennedy – 28 June 2007

Private Jamie Kerr – 28 June 2007

Acting Sergeant Sean Binnie – 7 May 2009

Private Robert McLaren – 11 June 2009

Private Kevin Elliott – 31 August 2009

Sergeant Gus Millar – 31 August 2009

Corporal Tam Mason – 25 October 2009 (died of wounds sustained on 15 September 2009

Contact Us

The Black Watch Association, Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth PH1 5HR

Please note that the Association office is staffed part-time.

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