Latest lecture to focus on the Battle for France

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The Museum of The Black Watch is to host the fourth lecture in its series of winter lectures on Wednesday (today) at 1.30 pm.

Ruari Halford-MacLeod will talk about the Highland Division’s Battle for France in 1944.

Mention ‘The Black Watch’ almost anywhere you go across the globe and you’ll almost certainly elicit fond recognition, because The Black Watch is surely one of the British Army’s, if not the world’s, most famous fighting units.

Mere mention of the name is enough to conjure up visions of bravery, valour, true Scottish grit and determination.

It’s perhaps not surprising, since there can hardly be a corner of the globe in which The Black Watch has not served with distinction. It is this illustrious past that will be the topic for the series of winter lectures, including Ashanti and the Indian Mutiny in the nineteenth century, the Loos in World War One, and episodes from World War Two.

On Wednesday (today), Ruari Halford-MacLeod will talk about D Day and St Valery, with particular reference to the 5th Battalion, The Black Watch.

He will refer to the reminiscences of Tom Renouf, Musselburgh and George Arnott, Crieff.

The next lecture, on Wednesday, February 9 at 1.30 pm will see Richard Mckenzie talk about The Black Watch during the Indian Mutiny.

The final lecture of the winter series will take place on Wednesday, March 9 at 1.30 pm.

Ruari Halford-MacLeod will talk about the 1st Battalion defending the Main Line of Resistance in Korea, with special reference to the reminiscences of David Arbuthnott, Dunkeld and Derek Halley, Crieff.

Places are limited, so please book to avoid disappointment. For more information on tickets and prices, contact the museum at Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth (tel: 01738 638152) or visit www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index/events