The Black Watch and The Indian Subcontinent

This exhibition took a detailed look at the The Black Watch’s long and famous association with the Indian Subcontinent and chronicles key events in our association with British India between 1780 – 1948 using artefacts, artworks and photography.

This association was taken up once again with the deployment of The Black Watch to the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in April 2009, 61 years after the 2nd Battalion left Pakistan and the North West Frontier.


1947 saw the emergence onto the world's stage of the states of India and Pakistan. In February 1948, the 2nd Battalion The Black Watch was the last British Battalion to leave the newly independent Pakistan. This exhibition seeks to describe some of the key events in the long connection of the Black Watch with British India. This connection began in 1780 and ended in 1948.

This period saw the Regiment involved in:

Although the exhibition is focused here and in the adjoining room, visitors will wish to know that the Wavell Gallery, on the second floor, houses many artefacts belonging to Lord Wavell, who was Viceroy of India and Colonel of The Black Watch prior to the British withdrawal.

Current Exhibition: The Black Watch and The Indian Subcontinent
Above: A Colour Party during the period of withdrawal from Pakistan. Those pictured include: Captain Critchley, Company Sergeant Major Waud, Lieutenant Cain, Sergeant Dunbar, Sergeant Reid and Regimental Sergeant Major Strachan.
Current Exhibition: The Black Watch and The Indian Subcontinent
Above: Pipe Major William Bain and Sepoy Piper, 1896 - 1901.
Current Exhibition: The Black Watch and The Indian Subcontinent
Above: Colour Sergeant Crawley and his family on way to join the 1st Battalion in India. Taken in Port Suez, 1933.
Current Exhibition: The Black Watch and The Indian Subcontinent
Above: An officer of the 73rd Regiment, India 1786. Taken from a portrait at Dunvegan Castle, Skye by A.E Haswell-Miller 1934.




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