represent all of the 8,960 Black Watch soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War.
When it comes to curating exhibitions we traditionally try to take a step back. Curators aim to describe a setting, tell a story using interesting and enlightening objects and ultimately remain objective. This always fails, of course. In every word of every panel and label there is an opinion or emotion. We simply cannot tell … Read moreTelling the story of Lance Corporal Morrison
A favourite painting of the Museum staff is the Marriage Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel James Stewart to Williamina Kerr 1803 by James Giles (b.1801-d.1870), as it is one of the few paintings in the collection which portrays a female. This is an oil painting on canvas, 102 x 75cm. This painting can be viewed by … Read moreThe Marriage Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel James Stewart to Williamina Kerr
As a Regimental Museum it is difficult, when wandering around the store, to avoid the occasional sharp, pointy thing, which always seem to be either at head, or elbow, level. All of us who work with the objects in storage have a story to tell about a particular item that is always ‘out to … Read moreThe Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife
The South African troops that relieved the 8th Battalion The Black Watch at the battle of Longueval pushed in to Delville Wood the next day. Despite brave and tenacious fighting they were unable to hold the position, despite reinforcement and support from the Scottish Brigade in reserve. They eventually marched out with two wounded officers … Read moreA Pipe Major, Delville Wood and The Black Watch
Pat Savage: Footballer & Soldier A Fife Footballers Great War Story Pat Savage was born at the Little Raith Colliery just on the South edge of Cowdenbeath in Auchtertool Parish on the 19th of November 1882. He was the son of pithead worker Elizabeth Savage, unfortunately his mother died when Pat was very young … Read moreA Fife Footballers Great War Story
The First World War archive at The Black Watch Castle and Museum holds a notebook that belonged to Private Ed Hall of The Black Watch, who served during the First World War. The notebook contains several poems, but this is a lovely poem, presumably composed with a wife or sweetheart back home in mind. We thought … Read moreLove poem from a First World War Soldier
The Black Watch is pleased to announce the addition of Private Edward Carroll of the 2nd Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) to the Commonwealth War Grave Memorial at Loos. Unfortunately Pte. Carroll was not originally commemorated on the Commonwealth War Grave site, as no death certificate or death register entry confirming that he was killed … Read moreLost soldier found!
This label for The Black Watch ale was gifted by a donor local to the Tomintoul Brewery where the ale was produced. The Tomintoul Brewery was opened in 1993 and taken over by Aviemore Brewery in 2000. This is now part of the Cairngorm Brewery. The Black Watch ale was in circulation in Perth during … Read moreObject of the Month – The Black Watch Ale label