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Remembering the Battle at High Wood, 30th July 1916

On 30th July 2016 we remembered 154 men of The Black Watch who were killed, most at the Battle of High Wood (as part of the Battle of the Somme). The Memorial Service was led by Rev Alex Forsyth, and attended by families of the fallen, veterans and members of the public. 154 crosses were … Read more

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 more

Creating Creating the Weeping Window at Balhousie Castle

  I was thrilled and honoured to be involved with the installation of Poppies: Weeping Window at The Black Watch Castle and Museum. Staff from Perth Museum & Art Gallery, including myself and my colleague Amy, were invited to help install the ceramic poppies at Balhousie Castle alongside the team from 14-18 NOW and volunteers. … Read more

Favourite artefacts | the gas hood

I have chosen the Gas Hood from the Museum’s First World Gallery; a gallery which is full of interesting and moving pieces. To me, the Gas Hood is an eerie, haunting, ghost like figure that could be quite easily fit into a scary dream! In our days of modern technology and ever smarter gadgets, I … Read more

The Attack on Hanna, 21st January 1916

On this day one hundred years ago, 75 men of The Black Watch lost their lives. Read on to discover what caused this spike in casualty numbers. As the situation for the besieged British forces at Kut grew more desperate, General Townshend eventually announced that he would have to put the defenders on half rations. … Read more

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 more

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