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Fascinating. Enlightening. Inspiring. Visit The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders’ Museum at Stirling Castle today.

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Welcome to The Argyll And Sutherland Highlanders' Museum at Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle, a major attraction in the Scottish city of Stirling, is also home to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders’ Museum.

Within this centuries-old castle, you can trace the history of the famous regiment that became the Thin Red Line at the Battle of Balaklava in 1854.

Follow their story from their 18th century formation as the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders and the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders, through the famous battle and onto the 1881 fusing of the 91st and the 93rd into the two Battalions of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment.

Since 1881, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders has been based at Stirling Castle, a Royal Palace of the Stuart kings.

The Museum opened at Stirling Castle in 1988, housed in the King’s Old Building, thought to have been King James IV’s private residence.

The museum relates the Regiment’s illustrious history and displays significant objects donated over the years, including rare items, paintings, medals, silver, uniform and documents.

It also tells the personal stories of the Regiment’s officers, soldiers and their families, making that history come alive.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders’ Museum is governed by a charitable trust: The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders’ Museum Trust. The museum is maintained almost entirely through public donations, with some modest funding from the Ministry of Defence.

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From our friends at Museum on the Mound, read the heartbreaking story of Archibald Peter McKellar who served with the 8th Battalion during WWIArchibald Peter McKellar
Second Lieutenant
7th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Archibald Peter McKellar was born in Dunoon, Argyll on the 18th January 1894. He was educated at Dunoon Grammar School, where he served in the Army Cadet Force, before joining the Union Bank of Scotland in Dunoon as an apprentice.

Archibald was keen to serve his country – he enlisted on the 4th August 1914, the very same day the UK declared war on Germany.

He joined the 8th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders as a Private. After receiving training he joined his battalion which was stationed in Bedford until May 1915 when it went to France.

On the 3rd July 1915 he was wounded in his left leg. When first admitted to a Field Ambulance unit this was diagnosed to have been caused by a High Explosive shell, but by the time he was admitted to No.3 Stationary Base Hospital in Rouen on the 6th July it was diagnosed as a gunshot wound.

He was admitted to a Convalescent Unit on the 14th July but had recovered enough by the 20th to be sent to the Base Depot at Etaples. He spent almost three months there before returning to his unit on the 4th October 1915.

He was appointed a probationary Lance Corporal on the 12th January 1916, and this was confirmed permanent on the 15th February of the same year.

On the 13th November 1916, his brother John Thomson McKellar, who in peacetime was an Officer with the Customs & Excise Office, was killed in action at Beaumont Hamel while serving as a Lieutenant in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. John had been a peacetime territorial soldier who had been embodied on the outbreak of war.

On the 21st April 1917 Archibald returned to the UK to be commissioned as an officer. He did not return to the 8th Battalion, instead being sent to the 7th Battalion of the Argylls.
On the 20th July 1918 his battalion were near Nanteuil, and were part of an attack with the final objective being a position near the village of Sarcy. The battalion suffered one officer killed and four wounded, one of whom was Archibald McKellar. Other ranks casualties were 11 killed, 82 wounded and 4 missing.

Archibald was admitted to No.50 Casualty Clearing Station, but died of his wounds two days later on the 22nd July 1918.
He is buried in Sezanne Communal Cemetery.
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This epaulette was worn by Captain George Esmond Paton during the 8th Battalion attack at Green Hill, Tunisia in November 1942. He was badly wounded in the rushed assault to gain the German positions at the top of the hill, and though he recovered he didn't see further active service.

Like many, Paton maintained his connection to the Argylls after his service, and is notable for his creation of the iconic "Save the Argylls" glengarry design.
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Check out these guys! We are very proud of Jim Tilley and D Coy 7 SCOTS for completing 54 miles over hard terrain in just 17 hours 47 mins! raising over £1000 for The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum in the process. Well done to CSM Hamilton, Capt Mac Mckenzie and the support team CSgt Simpson and Sgt Doolan.
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Check out these guys! We are very proud of Jim Tilley and D Coy 7 SCOTS for completing 54 miles over hard terrain in just 17 hours 47 mins! raising over £1000 for The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum in the process. Well done to CSM Hamilton, Capt Mac Mckenzie and the support team CSgt Simpson and Sgt Doolan. If you want to boost their fund please donate here www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jim-tilley
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Brilliant News!

We’ve been awarded £973,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for our museum redevelopment project thanks to money raised by #NationalLottery players!

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