Men of The Black Watch manning a typical trench during World War I. © Black Watch Museum
Scotland’s oldest Highland regiment, The Black Watch, needs to raise more than £3million to preserve their regimental history at Balhousie Castle.
Since its launch in September 2008, the appeal has raised £1.25 million that will go towards buying and redeveloping the castle that has been the regiment's home since 1962.
Appeal director David Nobel said: “Several generations of The Black Watch have known the castle as their spiritual home so it is very important that the collection remains here.”
Established in 1739, the regiment has played a major part in countless military campaigns including both the First and Second World Wars.
Mr Nobel said: “Blackwatch has played an enormous part in this country’s military history. During the First World War 25 Battalions served made up of 50 to 60,000 men that had a huge impact on the male population of the surrounding counties.”
“I believe that you would be hard pushed to find a family that lives in the neighbouring counties that has not been impacted by service to the regiment.”
Survivors of the 2nd Battalion's break out from Tobruk in November 1941 hold captured trenches. Courtesy the Black Watch Museum
The appeal also has the backing of official patron Prince Charles who was Colonel in Chief of the Blackwatch between 2003 and 2006.
Patron of the Blackwatch Prince Charles said: “I am delighted to give my support and encouragement to this appeal, designed to safe guard the memory of a unique part of the British Army and of Scotland’s proud military and cultural heritage.”
Please go to www.theblackwatch.co.uk to support The Black Watch Appeal and to find out more about future fundraising events.