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    Perthshire Vol Reg 1917

    In 1918 they were re-named 5th and 6th Vol. Batns - Black Watch
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    Is it a trick of perspective or is that man in front 7' or taller?

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    Hi John it looks to me like he's standing on a raised up piece of ground like the side of a road and the rest are in the field.
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    Perth's Black Watch

    The Regiment and Barracks in 1961, Perth.
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    recruits for the Black Watch

    Taken in Perth 1939
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    Unknown Soldiers

    More of my beloved Black Watch from Perth's Queen's Barracks in 1934, unfortunately I don't know their names.
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    Waafs 1943

    Lets not forget the ladies, what would we have done without them? The WAAFS from Errol in 1943
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    1940

    Perth barracks review.
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    1900's

    Scots Guards encamped outside Perth in the early 1900's
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    1907

    Many army units based themselves in the area of Perth from time to time before the first world war, these pictures of the Royal Scots Greys was taken in 1907.
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    1940

    That's what I love about this country and area, so much history everywhere one looks. These are Polish troops preparing for a little payback/revenge and practicing their moves outside Perth in 1940. A few miles away and 300 years before the Round Heads were taking on the Covenanters, so many stories like that from all over just this one area.
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    Cumberland's (the butcher) trophy

    After the battle of Culloden in 1746 the Duke had around 140 of the Highlanders swords collected and made into a sort of fence set on a plinth in his garden at his house in Twickenham. The house was demolished in 1888 and the blades were purchased by Lord Archibald Campbell and taken to Inveraray Castle where I assume they still are. They appear to be right next to the cannon on the mantle piece, or were, worth a pilgrimage to go see.
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    Cyprus 1959

    The Black Watch on parade in Cyprus 1959
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    cutting railings

    All over Perth there are walls with stubs of metal railings sticking out because of these guys collecting metal for the war effort. No health and safety people in those days, they'd have a fit these days if a worker had no safety equipment, a fag hanging from his mouth and a group of kids just feet away, how times change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David gray View Post
    After the battle of Culloden in 1746 the Duke had around 140 of the Highlanders swords collected and made into a sort of fence set on a plinth in his garden at his house in Twickenham. The house was demolished in 1888 and the blades were purchased by Lord Archibald Campbell and taken to Inveraray Castle where I assume they still are. They appear to be right next to the cannon on the mantle piece, or were, worth a pilgrimage to go see.
    The blades are on display at the castle on the private side but can be viewed from the Armoury hall and main staircase.
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    A shameful treatment of these swords. Shameful.
    "Do not suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberty by any pretences of politeness, delicacy or decency.
    These, as they are often used, are but three names for hypocrisy, chicanery, and cowardice.” John Adams, 1789

    "Everything the enemy least expects will succeed the best."

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    Hello Arik, yes indeed but still not as bad as the US after the defeat of Japan, they destroyed or stole so many swords all because they knew how important they were to the Japanese. Lets face it the British knew how important the Claymore was to the Highlander, killing and raping their way across the Highlands wasn't enough for Cumberland he needed these trophy blades to tell the "rebels" he's the boss, the US was giving the same message after WW2.
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    True, the value of the Japanese swords wasn't appreciated in a cultural fashion.
    Quite a few have been repatriated to the families that were able to be identified.
    That's a good thing. Many others have been lost or even destroyed by people
    who either were ignorant or just plain arseholes.
    "Do not suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberty by any pretences of politeness, delicacy or decency.
    These, as they are often used, are but three names for hypocrisy, chicanery, and cowardice.” John Adams, 1789

    "Everything the enemy least expects will succeed the best."

    Frederick the Great 1747

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    the 6th verse

    Penned in 1745 "God Save the King" the 6th verse was later dropped but sums up the feelings of the time. The King was making plans to run away and the Jacobites were over the border.
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