The Black Watch in Egypt

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Postcard of The Black Watch in Egypt.
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The Black Watch in Egypt

Photograph of the 1st Battalion, The Black Watch in front of the Sphinx and the pyramids, said to have been taken after the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir, c. 1883.

The Battle of Tel-el-Kebir took place on 13 September 1882. The Black Watch, and the Cameron and Gordon Highlanders formed part of the Highland Brigade created for the 1882 Egyptian Campaign.

As the frontiers of the British Empire increasingly expanded in the late 19th century, many Scottish regiments served in Africa.

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Online ID: 000-000-100-268-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0207: The Thistle at War
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  M.1951.1376
Date: c. 1883
Material: Paper
Dimensions: 106 mm H x 151 mm W
What: Photograph
Subject: Photographs
Who: Black Watch (British land forces)
Campbell Collection
Where: Ancient Egypt (depicted)
Description: Black Watch - Photograph of the 1st Battalion in front of the Sphinx, c. 1883.
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  • Wood, Stephen The Scottish soldier. Manchester: Archive Publications in association with the National Museums of Scotland, 1987 
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