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The Red Hackle Tartan



The Red Hackle tartan has been designed as a tribute to the men and women of The Black Watch, both past and present.

Originally used to identify troops in the midst of battle, there is doubt as to exactly when the Black Watch's unique Red Hackle was adopted by the Regiment. Whether it was first used during the American War of Independence or later during the battle of Geldermaisen campaign on January 5th, 1795, what is beyond dispute, is that in 1822, that the Army's Adjutant General confirmed the unique right of the 42nd Regiment (Black Watch) to wear the Red Hackle in their bonnets. In memory of Geldermeisen, the 5th January subsequently became the regimental day, and is now known as Red Hackle Day.




The Red Hackle Tartan



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