Friends events for the Black Watch

The Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum was launched in October 2010.

The Friends support the work of the museum and its staff to preserve the legacy of The Black Watch Regiment and its Regimental home at Balhousie Castle, Perth.

They also play an important role in the advancement of the museum education programme, conservation of the collection and the acquisition of artefacts and archive material.

The Friends have a stimulating calendar of events planned for this year.

In March they are hosting two exciting events.

On Thursday, March 10, Shapes Fine Art Auctioneers and valuers will be visiting Balhousie Castle to host an ‘Antique Road show’ style day.

Two experts, Mr Hamish Wilson and Dr Duncan Thomson, will be on hand to value any item you wish to bring along.

Mr Wilson has general knowledge in all areas while Dr Thomson is a painting consultant and was director of The Scottish National Portrait Gallery from 1982-1997.

The day runs from 10 am to 4 pm.

The cost is £5 and will include entry to the museum and the valuation of two items.

Further items will be charged at £3 each. Refreshments will be available.

If you are already a Friend your first two items will be valued for free. There are no tickets for this event however if you think you might like to join in the fun contact The Black Watch Museum on 01738 638152.

On Thursday, March 17, Major Colin Innes will give a lecture on the life of Sir Thomas Graham KB, Lord Lynedoch.

The lecture will include discussions of Sir Thomas Graham’s early life and his role as an agricultural moderniser, his marriage to the former Honourable Mary Cathcart, his military career and his time as an MP.

This will take place at the Perth Museum and Art Gallery from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. The event will begin with a short reception during which wine will be served followed by the lecture.

Tickets for this event are £15. For those who are already Friends the ticket price is £5. Booking is essential for this event.

Tickets are available from The Museum of The Black Watch or by telephoning 01738 638152.

To find out more about the Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum or to request an application form to join contact 01738 638152, e-mail or visit the website at