BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

18 June 2014
Accessibility help
Text only
Legacies - Highland

BBC Homepage
 Legacies
 UK Index
 Highland
Article
Listings
Your stories
 Archive
 Site Info
 BBC History
 Where I Live

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

 
Work
interned soldier
Footsoldiers of Empire: The Highland Regiments

The first Highlanders to serve in the British Army were six companies, formed from Highlanders from pro-Hanoverian clans in 1725. These companies were stationed across the Highlands with the intention of preventing cattle raiding, inter-clan warfare and carry out the disarming of Jacobite clans. In 1739 the king authorised the raising of four further companies of “natives of that country and none other to be taken” to form an infantry regiment under the command of the Earl of Crawford. The first muster of the new Regiment took place at the Perthshire town of Aberfeldy in 1740. The extremely dark tartan of the uniform, combined with the police – or “watch” duties they performed led to the troops being christened “the Black Watch” by their Highland neighbours – a name which has stuck to the present day. More...

Read More

Your comments




Print this page
Archive
Look back into the past using the Legacies' archives. Find nearly 200 tales from around the country in our collection.

Read more >
Internet Links
Scotland on Film
First World War- Lions led by Donkeys?
WW2 People's War
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Web sites.
Western Scotland
ruined croft
Related Stories
Educating a new army of workers
Law and Order in Enlightenment Edinburgh
Policing the Frontier




About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy