Is there a list of Black Watch members in Scotland?

by admin on May 30, 2014

My husband, Charles Wiliam Warburton states that his great grandfather, another Charles Warburton was in the “Black Watch” in Scotland. Is there a list of these soldiers? I would love to surprise him with some information for our upcoming trip to Scotland. Thanks for responding.

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Robert S April 11, 2012 at 10:24 am

Surprise him with a Royal Stewart Tartan.

The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS) is an infantry battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Prior to 28 March 2006, the Black Watch was an infantry regiment in its own right; The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) from 1931 to 2006, and The Royal Highland Regiment (The Black Watch) before 1931. Part of the Scottish Division, it was the senior regiment of Highlanders. The regiment’s name came from the dark tartan that they wore and from its role to “watch” the Highlands. “Black Watch” was originally just a nickname for the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot, but was used more and more so that, in 1881, when the 42nd amalgamated with the 73rd Regiment of Foot, the new regiment was named “The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)”. The uniform changed over time, but the nickname has been more enduring. The regimental motto was Nemo me impune lacessit (no man attacks me with impunity). The Royal Stewart Tartan was worn by the regimental pipers due the royal designation. Six companies were formed from 1725 to stop fighting among the clans.


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