Telling the story of Lance Corporal Morrison

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

The Marriage Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel James Stewart to Williamina Kerr

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

The Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife

  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

A Pipe Major, Delville Wood and The Black Watch

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

Love poem from a First World War Soldier

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

Object of the Month – The Black Watch Ale label

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

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