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The Royal Highlanders or The Black Watch in Egypt

42nd Regiment of Foot, 3SCOTS, the Royal Black Watch. Proud soldiers with a proud history behind them.

The 42nd (The Royal Highland) Regiment of foot- piper, full dress c1856

1st (the Royal) Regiment of Foot Officer’s shoulder belt plate circa 1844-55.

BBC - Your Paintings - Captain John Clayton Cowell (1762–1819), 1st Battalion, 1st (or the Royal) Regiment of Foot, c.1796

Captain John Clayton Cowell (1762–1819), 1st Battalion, 1st (or the Royal) Regiment of Foot, c.1796 by William Beechey, National Army Museum

The 42nd Gordon Highlanders, Edinburgh Castle 1843-1847

Lieutenant George Masterman Thompson 1 Battalion, The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) (attached Gold Coast Regiment, West African Field Force) Lt Thompson was the first British officer to be killed in action during the First World War. He was commanding a small force of French Senegalese troops in an action against German forces at Chra, German Togoland, when he was killed, aged 24, on 22 August 1914.

"John Hayes St Leger" by Thomas Gainsborough (1782) in the Royal Collection, UK - From the curators' comments: "St Leger rose up the military ranks and was made a Colonel in 1793. He was promoted to Major General in 1795 and died in India commanding the 80th Regiment of Foot. He was a great companion of the Prince of Wales, who described him as ‘one of ye best fellows yt. ever lived’."

Count Alexander Ivanovich Sollogoub (1788–1844) by Domenico Bossi (Italian, Venetian, 1765–1853). Miniature on ivory, 1810. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972.145.7

A wonderful early (Adamson) photograph of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders at Edinburgh Castle in 1845, shows a piper

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), the Scottish-born American scientist best known as the inventor of the telephone, worked at a school for the deaf while attempting to invent a machine that would transmit sound by electricity.