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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.

A Piece of my own History

Lucy M MacDonald, University of Stirling Student and museum volunteer, writes about her personal connections to The Argylls and WWI.

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Colonel Sir William Douglas K.C.B. joined the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders as Captain in June 1798.

The bulk of his military CV was served on the Peninsula, where he was commander of the Light Companies of 5th Brigade at Roleia, and fought at Vimiero. He also commanded the 91st in the Peninsular War 1813-14, where he was wounded in battles at Orthes and Toulouse. His final campaign was at Waterloo, where he won the Waterloo Medal and was mentioned in despatches following the capture of Cambrai.

Sir William was one of only 163 men to be awarded the Army Gold Cross, which he had engraved with Corunna, Nive, Toulouse and Orthes to accompany his clasps for Pyrenees and Nivelle. In his recommendation for the Cross, Sir William was described as "a good officer of very great experience, attentive, zealous, and perfectly equal to command the battalion in any situation."

Sir William died at Valenciennes in August 1818, succumbing to an illness of more than a year. His medals can currently be seen on display in the Museum.
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