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Royal Highland Regiment, Scottish infantry regiment. The first companies were raised in 1725 to watch the rebellious Scottish highlands and keep the peace, and the regiment was formed 1739–40. It became known as the Black Watch because of the dark colors of the regimental tartan. It was for a time the 43d, but after 1749 it was the 42d regiment. In 2006 a military reorganization made the Black Watch the 3d Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
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The regular in the 42nd Regiment
of Foot, "Dundee's Own", the Black Watch.
"Soldier serving with Battery B, 4th Battalion, 42nd Regiment
Field Artillery, attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discovered a cache at approximately 11:15 a.m," it added.
On either side of the Wilson grave were memorial stones commemorating Grieve and Indian Mutiny VC recipient Private James Davis, 42nd Regiment
(The Black Watch).
The Black Watch, sometimes called the Red Hackle because of the feather on highland head dress, has regimental roots connected with 42nd Regiment
, a Highland Unit that served from 1775 to 1783.