It is so important that the hardships and sacrifice of those who suffered in the first world war are remembered by the younger generations – not to glorify war, but to warn against it. I regularly visit local schools to talk about the Black Watch and this website will really help to bring those times alive. 

Major Ronnie Proctor, Secretary of the Black Watch Association


Ruth davidson


This is a great project. The Black Watch regiment has a proud history and its battalions served with distinction during WWI. The Museum has always worked hard to tell soldiers’ stories to as many people as possible and this project can really make history come alive. Hundreds of men from all over Angus, Tayside, Perthshire and Fife fought across Europe and many never made it home. This is one way for relatives to find out what their ancestors’ service would really have been like.

Ruth Davidson MSP, Scottish Conservative Leader


Brian Cox, actor



My grandfather served in the Black Watch during World War I and so I very much support this project.  It is a great way of bringing the experiences of the First World War to life for young people today and therefore a useful educational resource.

Brian Cox, Actor 


lorraine kelly and the Blackwatch


This is a terrific way to bring the past to life and to give pupils an idea if what life was like for our soldiers on the front during WW1.

I think it will be invaluable and spark a lot of interest and questions amongst so many young people.

Lorraine kelly, Broadcaster 





The Black Watch has a special place in the hearts of people in Perth and this fantastic project will only strengthen that affinity.  The Black Watch Museum in Perth already does an excellent job in telling the regiment’s story – and their involvement in this worthy project is a fitting tribute not only to William Shaw, but to the many brave soldiers like him who have served their country in conflicts down the generations.

Pete Wishart MP