Black Watch Boer War Plaque

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Reference WMO/268569


St John's Kirk

St John's Place




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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Copper
Lettering: Incised
  • Boer War, Second (1899-1902)
About the memorial: Plaque of copper chased repousse in high relief. The design is a wreath of laurels and thistles entwined with a ribbon, on which is inscribed the names of twenty-four battles. The thistle blooms are made of yellow and green cairngorms, amethysts, Ayrshire jaspers, and other Scottish pebbles. On the two top corners are two badges of the regiment, the order of St. Andrew, and the sphynx of Egypt enamelled in colour on silver, and the bottom corners are the old numbers of the Black Watch, 42 and 73. The centre-plate is made of three sheets of copper with the names of 209 officers, non-commissioned officers, and men chased in raised letters; while at the bottom are two finely chased and modelled figures of an officer and man in full arms. The memorial is claimed to be the largest piece of pure hammered work in Scotland. [this is the official, contemporary description]
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