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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. Since 2022 the Association has become part of The Black Watch Regimental Trust a registered charity in Scotland (No. SC005848) which adopted the charitable aims of welfare, comradeship and memorial from the Association.

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

Dundee Memorials Funding

Within Dundee, Scotland, there are two Memorial projects relating to The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) that require substantial amounts of financial assistance in order to make them fitting Memorials to our illustrious and famous Regiment. These projects are;

Part A: The Black Watch Memorial at Powrie Brae, Emmock Road, Dundee

Part B: The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Memorial on Black Watch Parade, Dundee

For more information about these projects click here

The Black Watch Reunion

Saturday 22nd June 2024 | 2.00pm-5.00pm 
We are currently negotiating with Perth and Kinross Council over their support for the 2024 Reunion.

How We Can Help

Financial assistance can be given when a report, prepared by SSAFA Forces Help, identifies 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 (Royal Highland Regiment) and who have now left the Armed Forces. 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
Please note that the Association office is staffed part-time. We will return your call or email as soon as we can.

More Information

Day Date Month Event Location
Friday 5th January Fife Branch Red Hackle Day Breakfast Fife
Saturday 13th January Edinburgh, Lothians’ and Borders’Branch Red Hackle Night BMC Club Gorgie, Edinburgh
Thursday 18th January Association Coffee Morning Balhousie Castle, Perth
Friday 26th January Regimental Trust Board Meeting Balhousie Castle, Perth
Saturday 27th January Angus Branch Burns Supper RBL Forfar
Friday 2nd February Dundee Branch Red Hackle Dinner Black Watch Club,Dundee
Saturday 3rd February Perth Branch Burns Supper Salutation Hotel. Perth
Thursday 15th February Curling Match v The Lowlanders Perth
Saturday 24th February Dundee Branch Annual General Meeting Dundee
Thursday 7th March Curling Match v Highlanders Perth
Thursday 21st March Association Committee Meeting in person Balhousie Castle, Perth
Friday 22nd March Fife Branch Rhine Crossing Dinner Kirkcaldy
Friday 22nd March Highland and Lowland Brigades Curling Club Bonspiel Perth
Monday 1st April Angus Branch Annual General Meeting RBL Forfar
Saturday 20th April Association Annual General Meeting Balhousie Castle, Perth
Saturday 20th April Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants Dining Club Dinner Salutation Hotel, Perth
Friday 26th April Regimental Trust Board Meeting Balhousie Castle, Perth
Saturday 27th April Edinburgh, Lothians’ and Borders’ Branch Al Basrah Lunch Apex Hotel Edinburgh
Wednesday 8th May London Branch Annual General Meeting National Army Museum
TBC May Not Forgotten Garden Association Garden Party London
Thursday 6th June Royal Hospital Chelsea Founders Day Chelsea
Monday 17th June Officers’ and Ladies’ Lunch Cavalry & Guards Club, London
Friday 21st June Black Watch Regimental Golf Balbirnie
Friday 21st June Association Committee Meeting In Person Balhousie Castle, Perth
Saturday 22nd June Commemoration and Regimental Reunion Balhousie Castle, Perth
Thursday 27th June Ladies Lunch Balhousie Castle, Perth
Friday 26th July Regimental Trust Board Meeting Balhousie Castle, Perth
Saturday 3rd August Inter Branch Games Day Black Watch Club, Dundee
Sunday 15th September Fife Branch Alma Ladies Lunch Kirkcaldy
Friday 20th September Association Committee Meeting by Zoom Balhousie Castle, Perth
Sunday 22nd September Angus Branch Standard Rededication TBC
Sunday 6th October Dundee Branch Battle of Loos Commemoration Church Service Congregational Church, Dundee
Saturday 12th October Perth Branch Croix de Guerre Dinner Balhousie Castle, Perth
Friday 25th October Officers’ Gathering Dinner Balhousie Castle, Perth
Saturday 26th October Angus Branch El Alamein Dinner RBL , Forfar
Saturday 2nd November Dundee Branch Laying of Crosses City Churches, Dundee
Thursday 7th November Dundee Branch Remembrance Service Caird Park, Dundee
Thursday 7th November Field of Remembrance, Westminster Abbey London
Friday 8th November Balhousie Castle Remembrance Service Balhousie Castle, Perth
Sunday 10th November National Service of Remembrance The Cenotaph, London
Sunday 10th November Dundee Branch Remembrance Service Powrie Brae, Dundee
Monday 11th November Dundee Branch Remembrance Service City Square, Dundee
Saturday 16th November Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants Dining Club Dinner Salutation Hotel, Perth
Friday 22nd November London Branch Dinner Victory Services Club
Friday 13th December Association Committee Meeting by Zoom Balhousie Castle, Perth


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Councillor Bill Campbell, Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Dundee 


Mrs Pat Sawers, Lord-Lieutenant of Angus

Mr Robert Balfour, FRICS, Lord-Lieutenant of Fife

Mr Stephen Leckie, Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross


Major G (Retired) A A L Watson LVO


Colonel J R McElhinney

Major (Retired) C Gray


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Major (Retired) R J W Proctor MBE


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Mr W Barr


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Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) J Menzies


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Mr R M Scott JP


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Mr A Beattie


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Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) D E J Kemmis-Betty MBE DL


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Mr N Turnbull


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Mr Sandy McDuff


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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”.

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

The magazine has evolved over the years and is now published in November each year. The electronic version of the magazine will be put on this page four months after its publication date. To ensure that you are sent your own copy you should subscribe to the magazine by emailing or contacting 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

The Regimental Association has had the Red Hackle Magazines (1921-2020) digitised and put on to a flash drive. There are still a few available to purchase and if you wish to order one please contact the Association office on 01738 623214 or


The annual subscription (including postage) for people living in the UK is £10 per annum and for Europe (surface and air mail) the cost is £25. Worldwide airmail costs £25 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 623214

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.

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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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