Accepted by the Veterans Association of
‘The Black Watch’ we help to keep alive the historic traditions of
the oldest and best Highland Regiment in Wellington’s Army. Easily
recognised in the dark Government Issue Tartan kilts and Red
jackets, the 42nd Regiment of Foot are well respected by friends and
enemies. We are regular visitors to Scotland and the Museum of the
Black Watch in Perth where we put on displays for the veterans of
We are a large friendly group with over twenty musket firers, two
‘Colours’, our own Armourer, Surgeon, Living history camp and a Band
which means there are plenty of opportunities for people to join in.
We do displays for Charities, Official parades and of course, Battle
Re-enactments where you get to experience the tactics of 1815.
Scotland, England, France and Portugal our members have plenty of
opportunity to see the countries in which the Regiment recruited or
Originally numbered the 43rd, it became the 42nd in 1749 and its
Battle honours include Flanders, North America, the West Indies,
Egypt, Corunna and the Peninsular Campaigns and of course Quatre
Bras and Waterloo. It is the period of the Napoleonic Wars that we
re-enact, but our uniforms are those of 1815. The 42nd Highland
Regiment of Foot (1815) are a disciplined, well drilled and proud
unit always striving to improve our professionalism and historical
accuracy but we always remember this is a hobby to enjoy! Based at
Fort Amherst in Chatham, Kent we welcome new recruits and have
members from all walks of life and all over Europe and the UK. We
practice our drill mainly at the Fort, a Napoleonic fortification
with superb cannon and tunnels.
You can be assured of a warm welcome and any help and advice you
might need, and don’t worry, it doesn’t cost a fortune to join us!