Blach Watch

Blach Watch, Edinburgh: Address, Blach Watch Reviews: 4.5/5

Blach Watch
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Monuments & Statues
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Neighborhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.

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Malgorzata
10,525 contributions
Beautiful monument
Mar 2019
Standing bronze figure of a kilted soldier , his rifle butt on the ground, his arms crossed across his chest supporting the rifle tip, standing guard and looking towards Edinburgh Castle, on top of a high stone pedestal. Standing proud at the corner of Market Street and North Bank Street on the Mound . This bronze statue of a Black Watch soldier in Highland dress is dedicated "To the Memory of Officers, Non- Commissioned Officers and Men of The Black Watch Who Fell In The South African War 1899 -1902". On the front of the pedestal is a bronze high relief scene of Black Watch soldiers in action. Above that is the regimental crest .
Written February 7, 2020
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,682 contributions
Boer war
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is an excellent memorial on the mound to remember over 200 soldiers of the black watch who died in the boer war
Written January 27, 2020
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craigluscar
Dunfermline, UK13,150 contributions
Memorial for the Regiments losses in the Boer War
Apr 2019 • Couples
Standing on a corner half way up the mound this is an immpressive memorial with over 200 names inscribed on it . The Sculptor was William Birnie Rhind unveiled in 1910 . It stands in bronze on a red granite plynth with bronze Plaques around the pillar . The site itself was donated by the Bank of Scotland in 1906
Written April 5, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Black Watch Monument
Mar 2019 • Solo
This monument stands in tribute to the 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, otherwise known as the Black Watch. The name is a translation of their name in Gaelic as Am Freiceadan Dubh, "the dark" or "black watch". The watch being partly down to their function to "watch" over the highland clans in the aftermath of the failed Jacobite rebellion.

The statue depicts a memberof the Black Watch in tradtional Highland dress. On the front plinth is inscribed the words: "To the Memory of Officers, Non- Commissioned Officers and Men of The Black Watch Who Fell In The South African War 1899 -1902". On the sides are the soldiers who died,
Written March 22, 2019
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK23,073 contributions
Impressive, But Easily Missed
Aug 2018 • Couples
Coming out of the Assembly building after a fringe show and, in the sunshine, we especially noticed this statue at the junction of various roads. It is well placed, but today, at Festival time there is a constant tide of people passing without a look. Beautifully sculpted and commemorating the Black Watch campaign in the South African war, you can imagine the stir it would have caused when first unveiled. Take a few moments, not to just pass, but to enjoy the quality of the artists work.
Written August 11, 2018
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Taxidevil
Glasgow, UK2,982 contributions
On the Mound
Apr 2018 • Couples
The statue of a soldier in Highland dress stands at the intersection of a busy road. You can get a good view as you stand at the pedestrian crossing while you wait for the lights to change in your favour.
The Black Watch was an infantry unit and the memorial commemorates the men that died in the South African War 1899 -1902.
Written April 7, 2018
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finglaspete
Dublin, Ireland2,558 contributions
Fine looking statue on the mound
Oct 2016 • Couples
The Black Watch, a Scottish regiment of the British army, nice memorial, Scottish soldier on top, and then a fresco underneath of some of their soldiers fighting in the Boer war for the King of England(and country)
Edinburgh is peppered with a lot of these monuments, I always find it sad to think when I look at them of so many young people going off to fight wars, even nowadays, and not returning home, so sad.
Written February 2, 2017
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