I have just heard from Alexis Malcolm that my first kilt in the darker shades of the Black Watch is on its way. I’ve always admired this darker version of the Campbell tartan, but this will be my first kilt composed of it.
The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada
Colonel-in-Chief: His Royal Highness The Prince Charles Prince of Wales KG KT GCB OM AK QSO GCL SOM CD ADC
Azure the figure of St. Andrew proper standing on a mount Vert holding his cross Argent all within an annulus Azure fimbriated and inscribed “NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT” in letters Or, ensigned by the Royal crown and environed by a wreath of thistles proper all between a scroll on either side of the Crown inscribed THE BLACK WATCH and two scrolls Or in base inscribed ROYAL HIGHLAND REGIMENT and OF CANADA in letters sable, the whole set on the diamond-cut star of the Order of the Thistle Argent.
The Crown represents service to the Sovereign. The badge of the regiment is styled on that of their former British allied regiment The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) – now, through amalgamation, The Royal Regiment of Scotland – whose badge, in turn, was based on that of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, the highest order of chivalry in Scotland. The diamond-cut star, the thistles (the national flower of Scotland) and the representation of St. Andrew (the patron saint of the Order and of Scotland) and the cross appear on the Order’s badge. The scrolls bearing the words “THE BLACK WATCH”, “ROYAL HIGHLAND REGIMENT” and “OF CANADA” are a form of the regimental title and “NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT” is the motto of the regiment and the Order of the Thistle.
NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT (No one shall touch me with impunity)
“The Highland Laddie”
“The Red Hackle”
The Royal Regiment of Scotland
South African War
SOUTH AFRICA, 1899-1900.
The First World War
YPRES, 1915, ’17; Gravenstafel; St. Julien; FESTUBERT, 1915; MOUNT SORREL; SOMME, 1916; Pozières; Flers-Courcelette; Thiepval; Ancre Heights; Ancre, 1916; ARRAS, 1917, ’18; Vimy, 1917; Arleux; Scarpe, 1917, ’18; HILL 70; Passchendaele; AMIENS; Drocourt-Quéant; HINDENBURG LINE; Canal du Nord; PURSUIT TO MONS; FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18.
The Second World War
BOURGUÉBUS RIDGE; Faubourg de Vaucelles; Verrières Ridge-Tilly-la-Campagne; FALAISE; Clair Tizon; Forêt de la Londe; Dunkirk, 1944; Antwerp-Turnhout Canal; THE SCHELDT; Woensdrecht; South Beveland; Walcheren Causeway; THE RHINELAND; The Hochwald; Xanten; THE RHINE; Groningen; Oldenburg; NORTH-WEST EUROPE, 1944-1945.
The UPS man just delivered one of two seersucker suits I had recently ordered from Jos. A. Bank. Incidentally, the word seersucker appears to come from two Persian words meaning “milk and sugar.” The two-button jacket is 38 Regular; the sleeves are the perfect length. The pleated trousers seem to be 32″ around the waist (which is dead-on) and were finished with cuffs using my outer seam measurement of 39 1/2″. I am already matching bow-ties!
In other sartorial news, Alexis Malcolm emailed today to let me know that she had received eight yards of Black Watch tartan cloth from the mill in Scotland and that she will be constructing my next kilt this week. I can hardly wait!