Black Watch banner

THE Clan MacLeod Society of Scotland will present a new pipe banner, in memory of the late Chief of the Clan, to The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, at The Black Watch Castle & Museum, Perth, at 12.45pm on Saturday.

Clan MacLeod has a long association with The Black Watch. John MacLeod, Younger of MacLeod, served with the Black Watch, 42nd Regiment, in Ireland in the 1750s.

In 1780 his son, Major General Norman MacLeod of MacLeod, raised the 2nd Battalion The Black Watch, The Royal Highland Regiment, during the American Revolutionary War.

The original Colours of the Battalion are still at Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, home of the MacLeod Chiefs. The Battalion became the 73rd Regiment which amalgamated with The Black Watch in 1881.

The new banner will be presented, on behalf of Hugh MacLeod of MacLeod, 30th Chief, by Ruari Halford-MacLeod, President of the Clan MacLeod Society of Scotland.

Ruari served with 6th/7th Battalion The Black Watch while a student at St Andrews University.

It will be presented to Lieutenant Colonel Ed Fenton, commanding The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and Pipe Major Grisedale, in memory of the late John MacLeod of MacLeod, 29th Chief, who served with The Black Watch in Kenya in 1955.

The pipe banner will be used by a piper of The Black Watch when the Pipe Band is on parade and will hang, along with others, in the Officers’ Mess at Fort George.