Disbandment – The Ultimate Betrayal of Scotlands Oldest Highland Regiments
The UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace is to reduce the number of infantry battalions from 30 to 20 and The Black Watch and The Royal Scots are in the firing line for disbandment.
Savings are to be transferred to cyber-warfare, space, and artificial intelligence units and the infamous 77 Brigade will most likely be expanded to Divisional level.
Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross is not a happy bunny, saying:
“The Black Watch is more than just a symbol of our shared history and traditions, it’s a Scottish and British institution that continues to play a vital role in our armed services. These reports speculating about the future of the Black Watch are deeply unhelpful. I’m urgently seeking reassurances from the Ministry of Defence that this battalion will not be disbanded and we will continue to make the strong and compelling case that Scotland’s significant contribution to the UK Armed Forces is maintained.”
Comment: Westminster Government betrayal is firmly etched in the memories of all who have served with The Black Watch. The execution of the McPherson brothers, Malcolm and Sam and Farquar Shaw will never be forgotten. (Full story follows below).
Cyber Warfare Starts and Flourishes in Scotland
I previously wrote an article providing a warning of the insidious growth of the UK Special Branch in Scotland. 77 brigade are well established in Scotland and will most likely be expanded further resulting from the demise of Scottish Regiments. This does not bode well for those who are seeking Scottish independence.
Betrayal of a Scottish Regiment
In the spring of 1743, The Black Watch regiment was ordered to muster in Perth. There, in March of that year, they were surprised to be informed that orders had been received to march the regiment to England, an instruction they considered to be contrary to their understanding (when regimented), that the sphere of their services would not extend beyond the borders of Scotland.
To deceive the men, (from whom their real destination was concealed), they were told by their officers that the object of the march to England was merely to gratify the curiosity of the king, who was desirous of seeing a Highland regiment. Reluctantly accepting this explanation, (Others were convinced it was a ploy to round up Scottish soldiers and get them out of Scotland) they proceeded on their march.
Weeks later, as they approached London they were exposed to taunts and the increasing hostility of large crowds of drunken English peasants and became gloomy and sullen. They were affronted by the rudeness of the English especially since they were only in the country at the invitation of the Sovereign.
On reaching London the soldiers discovered that the King had left England for Hanover on the very day the highlanders had arrived and that a gross deception had been practised upon the regiment and that the real design of the government, fearing unrest in Scotland was to get rid of them altogether, as disaffected persons, and, with that view, that the regiment was to be transported for life to the American plantations.
That same evening 100 highlanders, (thinking they were avoiding deportation to the colonies) took it upon themselves to go home to Scotland. A few days later they were surrounded by a Regiment of English cavalry. Officers of the regiment met with the men and after listening to their grievances gave an assurance that if they surrendered they would be pardoned. They laid down their arms and returned to the regiment.
After investigation and acceptance by the Westminster government that the men had been duped by their officers it was decided that it could not overlook such a gross breach of military discipline.
The deserters were accordingly arrested and thrown into prison. Weeks later all 100 men were found guilty of treason by a general court-martial and were sentenced to be shot. A later appeal court changed the punishment, (after confirming the finding of guilt) sentencing 3 leaders of the alleged mutiny to death. The other 97 soldiers were sentenced to be banished for life to the colonies.
Corporals (brothers) Malcolm and Samuel Macpherson, and Private Farquhar Shaw were taken to the Tower of London and shot. They are buried there together in one grave.
The remaining 97 highlanders were equally divided between the garrisons of Gibraltar and Minorca, and a similar corps in the Leeward Islands, Jamaica, and Georgia. Confirmation in their belief that the government had indeed intended to deceive them. They never returned to Scotland.
The regiment was later reinforced and sent to Flanders to join the English army, fighting for German Geordie. In 1745 based in Kent they were kept well away from their troubled country but were tasked to Scotland at the end of 1745, to participate in a slash and burn campaign in the highlands not long after the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charles at Culloden. They departed Scotland in 1746 to fight for the Unionist cause and did not return to Scotland until 1790.
The fears of the brave men of Scotland that they would be deployed to the Colonies were well-founded. They were betrayed by Unionist supporters (their officers) who were sold to the concept that Scotland and England were “better together”.
A similar “better together” group actively participated in a war of attrition against their countrymen in 2014 denying (in the name of the Union) Scots the freedom which is rightfully theirs.
British Black Watch Highlanders at the Battle of Alma