Black Watch Museum

Black Watch Museum information

Location
Perth , Scotland
Address
Hay St
Telephone
+44 1738 638152
More information
www.theblackwatch.co.uk
Prices
adult/child £7.50/3.50
Opening hours
9.30am-4.30pm Apr-Oct, 10am-4pm Nov-Mar
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Housed in Balhousie Castle on the edge of North Inch park, this museum honours what was once Scotland’s foremost regiment (it was subsumed into the new Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2006). Formed in 1725 to control rebellious Highlanders following the Jacobite uprising of 1715, the Black Watch fought in numerous famous campaigns, re-created here with paintings, memorabilia and anecdotes.

Little attempt at perspective is evident: there’s justifiable pride in the regiment’s role in the gruelling trench warfare of WWI, where it suffered nearly 30,000 casualties, but no sheepishness about less glorious colonial engagements, such as against the ‘Fuzzy Wuzzies’ of Sudan.