Legends of the Black Watch


Legends of the Black Watch, first published in 1859, recounts vivid stories of the valiant efforts of this regiment in battles across Europe and America.

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About Legends of the Black Watch

Ten years after the 1715 Jacobite uprising, General Wade came to the Highlands with the mission to pacify the clans and uphold the law. On the command of King George I, he raised six independent Highland Companies, which were known as the “Black Watch” or “Reicudan Dhu”. Within half a century of its inception, the regiment had become well-known and respected for its bravery and skill at arms, and there were many stories of their valiant efforts in battle.

Legends of the Black Watch, first published in 1859, recounts such stories vividly. The tales within this book show the bravery, leadership, and martial skill with which the soldiers and officers of the Black Watch faced their foes with musket and broadsword, as they fought throughout Europe and North America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The stories serve not only as a record of the legends of the regiment, but also show the mindset and beliefs of the Scottish people during this time period.

The descriptions of battles and individual armed encounters will be of interest to students of European martial arts and historical fencing methods, and will be delightful to readers who seek riveting action scenes!

Keith Farrell is one of the senior instructors for the Academy of Historical Arts, based in Scotland. He teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events, and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers. He has authored Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick and the AHA German Longsword Study Guide, and is one of the regular contributors to the Encased in Steel online blog. He has been a member of HEMAC since 2011.

Book Details

  • Original Author: James Grant
  • Reproduction Editor: Keith Farrell
  • Reproduction Publisher: Fallen Rook Publishing
  • Date of Publication: 12th April 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-9926735-7-4
  • Binding: Perfect-Bound Paperback
  • Pages: 252
  • Height: 21 cm
  • Width: 14.8 cm
  • Language: English

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Legends of the Black Watch
    • Preface
    • The Story of Farquhar Shaw
    • The Seven Grenadiers
    • The Lost Regiment
    • The Massacre at Fort William Henry
    • The Wife of the Red Comyn
    • Story of the Grey Mousquetaire
    • The Lettre de Cachet
    • Adventures of Captain Grant
    • The Story of Dick Duff
    • The Forest of Gaich
    • Notes

Cite this Book

Grant, James; Keith Farrell (ed.). Legends of the Black Watch. Glasgow: Fallen Rook Publishing, April 2015. ISBN 978-0-9926735-7-4.