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    Posted 6 years ago

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    The traditional Scottish glengarry dates at least to the late 1700s, and by the 1850s was the undress cap for most Scottish Regiments. It was so popular that from 1868-1897, most British regiments wore the glengarry, Scottish or not.

    This particular glengarry is as worn by the enlisted ranks of my favorite regiment, the Black Watch. Many glengarries have dicing (checkerboard pattern) around the sides, and I think all except the Black Watch have a flattened bow (rosette) beneath the regimental badge. I picked this particular glengarry up in the mid to late 1980s.

    The badge did not come with the glengarry, but I think I have the right pairing. Feel free if someone knows differently. I’ve used the other ranks pattern that was sealed in 1956, featuring the “Queen’s Crown” of Queen Elizabeth II.

    The Black Watch was originally formed in the early 1700s to patrol (to watch over) the highlands. It may be that their name came from the dark tartans they wore, or possibly as a negative reference (black hearted) due to being a pro-government militia. From 1747 until 1881 as the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot, and after that as the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) it has a history few other regiments of any army could match. Unfortunately, in 2006 it ceased to exist as a regiment, but continues to live on as the 3rd battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland.

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    1. verretcheque verretcheque, 6 years ago
      Yes I agree, a historic regiment, who also have a dubious battle honour, few would want to emulate. It is the only British unit to have "broken square", at the Battle of Tamai in 1884. Still capable of causing a fight between soldiers, and surely, with Welsh regiments. This was remarked on by Robert Graves in "Goodbye to all That" penned after WWI.
    2. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 6 years ago
      Yes, you’ve mentioned a sore spot there!

      My understanding of the event was that a charge was ordered, which only the side of the square manned by a battalion of the Black Watch heard. As I recall, the square was reformed, but not without a lot of hand-to-hand fighting.
    3. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the love petey, mtg75, kivatinitz, racer4four, officialfuel, blunder, Manikin, fortapache, and vetraio50

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