The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum Interested in finding out more? Visit our website:
http://www.argylls.co.uk/ The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum Trust was established in 2011 to operate the museum on behalf of the Regimental Trust.

The Trust is a registered Charity SC042084 with Trustees drawn from retired officers who have served with the Argylls. The museum has achieved full accreditation from Museums and Galleries Scotland in 2009 . The museum relies on public support to achieve its aims and objectives, and is supported by the Regimental Trust of the Argyll Sutherland Highlanders, Historic Scotland and the Ministry of Defence.

The Trust is a registered Charity SC042084 with Trustees drawn from retired officers who have served with the Argylls. The museum has achieved full accreditation from Museums and Galleries Scotland in 2009 . The museum relies on public support to achieve its aims and objectives, and is supported by the Regimental Trust of the Argyll Sutherland Highlanders, Historic Scotland and the Ministry of Defence.

Operating as usual

Have you ever thought of becoming a Museum Guardian?The support of our Guardians means we can continue to provide the be...
12/10/2021

Have you ever thought of becoming a Museum Guardian?

The support of our Guardians means we can continue to provide the best standard of care for our Museum collection and archive. It helps us provide educational resources, school sessions and community projects, all ensuring the legacy of The Argylls is not forgotten.

Interested? Take a look at our website for more information: https://www.argylls.co.uk/become-a-museum-guardian

Have you ever thought of becoming a Museum Guardian?

The support of our Guardians means we can continue to provide the best standard of care for our Museum collection and archive. It helps us provide educational resources, school sessions and community projects, all ensuring the legacy of The Argylls is not forgotten.

Interested? Take a look at our website for more information: https://www.argylls.co.uk/become-a-museum-guardian

Our latest addition is an old classic!As many of you correctly guessed in our stories last week, a new Action Man has jo...
06/10/2021

Our latest addition is an old classic!

As many of you correctly guessed in our stories last week, a new Action Man has joined our collection. First produced in the 1970s and inspired by iconic 'Save The Argylls' campaign, The Argylls' Action Man was one of a handful of British forces to make the cut for the 'Famous Regiments' series.

Here, Rod is preparing to photograph Action Man and his accessories as part of our accession process. When new objects come into the Museum, we allocate them a unique number, photograph them and write up a condition report. This helps us keep track of all of our objects and monitor how their state might change over time.

03/10/2021
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum

Happy Scottish Museums Day! How about spending it with us?

Have you visited our new-look museum yet? Tell us all about your favourite objects and stories in the comments below.

#ScottishMuseumsDay

The Stirling Castle opening hours are changing! From tomorrow (Friday 1st October), the Castle will be open from 9.30am ...
30/09/2021

The Stirling Castle opening hours are changing!

From tomorrow (Friday 1st October), the Castle will be open from 9.30am to 5pm. Last entry to the Museum will be 4.30pm.

Access to the Museum is included in the Castle admission ticket. It’s still best to book ahead - get your tickets at the link in the post below.

Our opening hours are changing! 🕰️

From tomorrow (Fri 1 Oct), our opening hours will change as we move to the winter season.

The castle will be open daily from 9.30am to 5pm. 🏰

Please book your autumnal visits online in advance to guarantee entry: www.stirlingcastle.scot

Exchanged for a kiss 😘This cap badge was given to Jaqueline de Marbix by a soldier of the 2nd Batallion (Reconsitituted)...
28/09/2021

Exchanged for a kiss 😘

This cap badge was given to Jaqueline de Marbix by a soldier of the 2nd Batallion (Reconsitituted). The soldier exchanged it for a kiss on the streets of Brussels after the liberation of the city.

See this object on display with other highlights of the collection in our 'Service to the Crown' Gallery.

Exchanged for a kiss 😘

This cap badge was given to Jaqueline de Marbix by a soldier of the 2nd Batallion (Reconsitituted). The soldier exchanged it for a kiss on the streets of Brussels after the liberation of the city.

See this object on display with other highlights of the collection in our 'Service to the Crown' Gallery.

Major Kenneth Muir was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross for his actions at Hill 282, #OnThisDay in 1950.The Argylls...
23/09/2021

Major Kenneth Muir was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross for his actions at Hill 282, #OnThisDay in 1950.

The Argylls were one of the first British Regiments to be sent to Korea in 1950. They were poorly equipped, and after battling to capture Hill 282 The Argylls were left in a tenuous position. They were under constant enemy mortar and artillery fire, with many men killed or wounded.

Major Muir organised the evacuation of the wounded from Hill 282 and reorganised what remained of the two companies. With disregard for his own personal safety, he encouraged the men as ammunition ran low. He refused to take cover despite the continual enemy fire. Despite his determination to evacuate the wounded and prevent the enemy recapturing the hill, he was mortally wounded on 23rd September 1950.

Find Major Muir's medals in 'Fearless in Battle', a gallery which highlights the bravery, loyalty, discipline and selfless commitment of The Argylls.

Say hello 👋🏻 to your Argylls Museum team!In the past few months we've bid a fond farewell to our Admin Officer, May, and...
21/09/2021

Say hello 👋🏻 to your Argylls Museum team!

In the past few months we've bid a fond farewell to our Admin Officer, May, and Chief Executive, Richard, and welcomed Harvey Carruthers into the Museum family. Harvey took on the role of Chief Executive at the beginning of this month, having previously served with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps.

Pictured left to right: Linda Muir, Audience Development Officer; Clare Rogers, Education Development Officer; Harvey Carruthers, CEO; Rod Mackenzie, Collections Manager; Alli Spark, Collections Development Officer; and Andy Hay, Admin Officer.

Say hello 👋🏻 to your Argylls Museum team!

In the past few months we've bid a fond farewell to our Admin Officer, May, and Chief Executive, Richard, and welcomed Harvey Carruthers into the Museum family. Harvey took on the role of Chief Executive at the beginning of this month, having previously served with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps.

Pictured left to right: Linda Muir, Audience Development Officer; Clare Rogers, Education Development Officer; Harvey Carruthers, CEO; Rod Mackenzie, Collections Manager; Alli Spark, Collections Development Officer; and Andy Hay, Admin Officer.

Did you join us on Instagram for this week's #AskACurator day? We've put together some of the best questions answered by...
17/09/2021
#AskACurator Day 2021

Did you join us on Instagram for this week's #AskACurator day? We've put together some of the best questions answered by our Collections Team over on our blog.

https://www.argylls.co.uk/blog/askacurator-day-2021

What's the best thing about the new museum? How many objects do we have? Our Collections Team answer questions about the Museum's collection as part of the annual #AskACurator day.

"And you'll NEVER believe what happened here..."RSM Alexander Munnoch points to the bullet hole in the drum which saved ...
14/09/2021

"And you'll NEVER believe what happened here..."

RSM Alexander Munnoch points to the bullet hole in the drum which saved the life of Drummer Thomas Kennedy during the Battle of Modder River, South Africa 1899. The side drum deflected the bullet away from Kennedy's body.

Find the drum on display in our 'Fearless in Battle' gallery.

From council house to Royal Palace, hear more about Pipe Major Scott Methven's career in the Argylls through to becoming...
10/09/2021
My life as the Queen's personal bagpiper

From council house to Royal Palace, hear more about Pipe Major Scott Methven's career in the Argylls through to becoming the Queen's personal bagpiper 👑🎼

➡️ bbc.in/3tpRVrB

Pipe Major Scott Methven held one of the most prestigious jobs in the piping world, a role which dates back to Queen Victoria’s reign.

Being a piper was never a safe option - armed with a set of pipes, these men were infantry soldiers first and foremost. ...
09/09/2021

Being a piper was never a safe option - armed with a set of pipes, these men were infantry soldiers first and foremost. They would lead their comrades into battle and provide encouragement through their inspiring tunes.

📸 An image of pipers from the 13th Battalion during WWI taken from the album of Captain L. Shaw.

Being a piper was never a safe option - armed with a set of pipes, these men were infantry soldiers first and foremost. They would lead their comrades into battle and provide encouragement through their inspiring tunes.

📸 An image of pipers from the 13th Battalion during WWI taken from the album of Captain L. Shaw.

"In the minds of old soldiers, Stirling can mean but one thing: it means The Argylls and The Argylls means Stirling." - ...
06/09/2021

"In the minds of old soldiers, Stirling can mean but one thing: it means The Argylls and The Argylls means Stirling." - Major T R Ward, 1940

Stirling has long been the home of The Argylls and in 1947 they were granted Freedom of The Royal Burgh. Take a look back at The Argylls in Stirling through the years 👇

1. The 1st Battalion marching past The Portcullis, 1999
2. The 1st Battalion in the centre of Stirling, 1953
3. Veterans of the Regiment during a reunion parade, 2000s
4. 7 SCOTS during their Stirling Freedom Parade, 2012
5. Cadets leaving Stirling Castle, 2000s

The Argylls’ Kilt is particularly distinctive as it uses a box pleat. This requires more tartan to produce but makes the...
30/08/2021

The Argylls’ Kilt is particularly distinctive as it uses a box pleat. This requires more tartan to produce but makes the kilt swing evenly while marching on parade.

Soldiers in the picture can be seen wearing the kilt in No. 1 Dress in Edinburgh in the late 1990's

The Argylls’ Kilt is particularly distinctive as it uses a box pleat. This requires more tartan to produce but makes the kilt swing evenly while marching on parade.

Soldiers in the picture can be seen wearing the kilt in No. 1 Dress in Edinburgh in the late 1990's

Did you know, letters sent to soldiers deployed abroad are often called ‘blueys’? They get their name from the distincti...
27/08/2021

Did you know, letters sent to soldiers deployed abroad are often called ‘blueys’?

They get their name from the distinctive light blue air mail envelopes. These letters provided a vital link between soldiers overseas and their loved ones back home. The nickname is still used today and it’s now even possible to send an e-bluey!

Sergeant John Houghion can be seen here reading his letters from home while serving in Korea, September 1950

Did you know, letters sent to soldiers deployed abroad are often called ‘blueys’?

They get their name from the distinctive light blue air mail envelopes. These letters provided a vital link between soldiers overseas and their loved ones back home. The nickname is still used today and it’s now even possible to send an e-bluey!

Sergeant John Houghion can be seen here reading his letters from home while serving in Korea, September 1950

Looking for some reading this #MuseumMonday? Check out our latest blog post from Collections Volunteer, Erin, who has be...
23/08/2021

Looking for some reading this #MuseumMonday? Check out our latest blog post from Collections Volunteer, Erin, who has been working with our archived map collection during her work experience placement at the Museum.

https://www.argylls.co.uk/blog/in-the-archive-cataloguing-the-collection

Looking for some reading this #MuseumMonday? Check out our latest blog post from Collections Volunteer, Erin, who has been working with our archived map collection during her work experience placement at the Museum.

https://www.argylls.co.uk/blog/in-the-archive-cataloguing-the-collection

19/08/2021
The Last Letter Home

In the trenches of the First World War, Private Vincent Collins knew any moment could be his last. Scribbled on a tiny piece of paper, Vincent wrote a moving note home to his parents in case the worst should happen.

Sadly, in service with the 8th (Argyllshire) Battalion on 4th October 1915, Vincent sustained wounds from which he would not recover.

Our Museum preserves the memory of Vincent and those like him. Some objects in our care - such as this letter - are too fragile for display, but thanks to the wonders of modern technology we can use new mediums to immortalise these stories. We would love to hear your own Argylls stories and memories, and encourage you to share these with us in the comments.

CC: "Dear Mum and Dad,

We are going into the trenches tonight for 1 day only and I think there will be a bayonet attack, so that is the reason I am writing this note. That is the game at which we lose so many men and so we cannot all expect to come out of it. The sting of death is (I think) hardly noticeable as one is mad during the attack. Forgive me all the wrongs I have committed you.
It is my sincere wish that I survive for your sake. I hope this will eventually reach you, should the worst occur.

I will close, your loving son.

P.S. Let dear Cedric join the navy and not the Argylls if fit.
I could not have had better parents, of that I am sure. Especially you Dear Mum."

Can you remember the 'Save the Argylls' campaign? In the face of disbandment in 1970, there was a large campaign to save...
16/08/2021

Can you remember the 'Save the Argylls' campaign?

In the face of disbandment in 1970, there was a large campaign to save the regiment. They successfully petitioned the government to keep The Argylls at company size before conflict in Northern Ireland meant they returned as a full battalion in 1972.

'A man should have his feet rubbed before going into trenches and should get dry socks at least once per day, Whale oil ...
12/08/2021

'A man should have his feet rubbed before going into trenches and should get dry socks at least once per day, Whale oil or powder should be issued' - a trench foot preventative note written by 2nd Lieutenant Henry Todd in 1918.

Disease and illness caused by poor hygiene resulted in significant problems for soldiers in the trenches during WWI. Keeping kit clean and dry was one of the best preventative measures.

Learn all about the most common illnesses and injuries faced by soldiers in our 'Staying Alive' Gallery

'A man should have his feet rubbed before going into trenches and should get dry socks at least once per day, Whale oil or powder should be issued' - a trench foot preventative note written by 2nd Lieutenant Henry Todd in 1918.

Disease and illness caused by poor hygiene resulted in significant problems for soldiers in the trenches during WWI. Keeping kit clean and dry was one of the best preventative measures.

Learn all about the most common illnesses and injuries faced by soldiers in our 'Staying Alive' Gallery

The families of soldiers posted overseas await their loved one’s homecoming with excitement, anticipation and worry. Fam...
08/08/2021

The families of soldiers posted overseas await their loved one’s homecoming with excitement, anticipation and worry. Family life in the military can be complex and demanding with spouses and children often spending months apart.

This happy reunion is from the end of a tour in Iraq in 2004.

Learn more about the family life of soldiers in our 'Spirit of the Argylls' Gallery.

The families of soldiers posted overseas await their loved one’s homecoming with excitement, anticipation and worry. Family life in the military can be complex and demanding with spouses and children often spending months apart.

This happy reunion is from the end of a tour in Iraq in 2004.

Learn more about the family life of soldiers in our 'Spirit of the Argylls' Gallery.

The Argylls enjoyed regular breaks from duty, and would fill their time off with a variety of activities like painting, ...
04/08/2021

The Argylls enjoyed regular breaks from duty, and would fill their time off with a variety of activities like painting, playing cards, skiing and even surfing! 🏄‍♂️

📷 CSM Carmichael posing underwater in Belize, 2000; four Argylls from the 2nd Battalion skating in Austria, 1946; a group (including our very own Maj Jim Tilley) taking a surf break, early 2000s.

#ArchiveHoliday #HolidayActivities

Camouflage is an important tool for soldiers. When done well they can be *almost* impossible to spot, just like the Argy...
29/07/2021

Camouflage is an important tool for soldiers. When done well they can be *almost* impossible to spot, just like the Argylls hiding in this jungle scene.

How many can you see?

Camouflage is an important tool for soldiers. When done well they can be *almost* impossible to spot, just like the Argylls hiding in this jungle scene.

How many can you see?

Cheers to the weekend from Argylls recruits in the mess hall at Stirling Castle !
23/07/2021

Cheers to the weekend from Argylls recruits in the mess hall at Stirling Castle !

Cheers to the weekend from Argylls recruits in the mess hall at Stirling Castle !

Ever wondered why tartan was banned by the War Office in the 1800s? 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Or why Stirling Castle is known as the 'spir...
21/07/2021

Ever wondered why tartan was banned by the War Office in the 1800s? 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Or why Stirling Castle is known as the 'spiritual home' of The Argylls? 🏰

You'll find these answers and more in 'Our Scottish Roots'! Explore the pivotal events in Scottish and British history that shaped The Argylls, and celebrate the phenomenal contribution made by regular and volunteer soldiers alike.

Access to the Museum is included in your Castle entry ticket. For now it's best to book in advance at https://www.stirlingcastle.scot/visit/tickets/.

Ever wondered why tartan was banned by the War Office in the 1800s? 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Or why Stirling Castle is known as the 'spiritual home' of The Argylls? 🏰

You'll find these answers and more in 'Our Scottish Roots'! Explore the pivotal events in Scottish and British history that shaped The Argylls, and celebrate the phenomenal contribution made by regular and volunteer soldiers alike.

Access to the Museum is included in your Castle entry ticket. For now it's best to book in advance at https://www.stirlingcastle.scot/visit/tickets/.

19/07/2021
The Argylls' Lifesaver

Delve into the career of Surgeon William Munro, 'The Argylls' Lifesaver'!

Surgeon Munro's decades-long medical career included service with the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders and 93rd Sutherland Highlanders through some of the Regiments' toughest campaigns, including the Crimean War in the 1850s. Our Curator, Rod, explains why he is so significant.

17/07/2021
Lego Argylls

Are you visiting the museum this weekend? See if you can spot the Lego Argylls hidden in the cases!

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The Museum is situated in Stirling Castle and whilst entry to the Museum is free there is a charge to enter the Castle. The Museum has a shop and offers a range of services to visitors and those researching family history. The Museum also offers an education and outreach programme.

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Sunday 9:30am - 4:30pm

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Currently closed as part of a £4million redevelopment project, the Museum tells the history of the Regiment from its early formation as the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders and 93rd Sutherland Highlanders to the present day. It holds objects relating to the regimental history, and archives which trace the history of the regiment and those who served. The Regiment has served in all the major conflicts from the Napoleonic and Crimea wars, where it earned the name Thin Red Line at the battle of Balaclava, and subsequent Indian Mutiny. At the turn of the century it was involved in the Boer wars and served with distinction in both World Wars. In the last half of the 20th century the regiment found itself in Korea, Crater and Northern Ireland. The 21st century has seen the jocks continue to serve as the world's policeman in the middle east, Iraq and Afganistan.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum is due to re-open in Spring 2020.

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The best regiment in the wold 93rd argyll and sutherland highlanders x
Can you contact Jocky BarrA&S Hdrs associationStirling .Ref. Received practically incoherent phone call from Harry Oakley saying that he had taken another bad turn. Kenneth Robson
More well known faces, with dad in the front row.
My dad, retired RSM Bert Lyon of 1st Bt. A&SH
My father, Robert (Ginger) Lyon, was in the regiment for many years. We travelled all over with him.
On the left, my grandfather Cornelius Langan, who joined 1/5th Argyll’s 4th August 1914. He and his brother Willie had consecutive numbers. Not sure who his mate from the HLI is in the picture, but they both look like confident fellas
Where would i be able to find out info (if any) on my G-uncle who, if you believe family accounts was killed by a German sniper in Picardie France 1940. I have CWG photo of his headstone, enlistment papers from the burned records and army number. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
this is a picture of my grandfather, James Noble, was kiilled in action on July 15 1916, he left behind a wife and 7 kids, who left Scotland and went to Canada to start a new life
Colonel Charles Allan Maclean, CBE, MC, Croix de Guerre with palm, MA. Born 1892 was awarded a MBE for 'an act of gallantry not in the presence of the enemy' in June 1818. He got his MC on 27 Jan 1915, and a Croix de Guerre in November 1918. Do we have details of these awards? I think he was in the 8th Battalion in WW1, followed by a military career in India. He later became Provost of Tobermory, after serving in a civil capacity in India and Palestine.
Stirling Castle I climb this royal road to see What Stirling Castle means to me. This winding way of cobblestone, Which leads to Scotland’s very throne. Before me stands that mighty arch, Through which the Argylls bravely marched. Their country’s honor to defend, Broadsword and musket to the end. From gates of stone and garden wall, With ramparts vigil over all, To royal chapel’s silent prayer, Then skirl the pipes in distant air. To see this place of kindred pose, And know the hearts of men, who chose, To stand this ground for Scotland’s love, And raise its standard high above These fortress walls, for all to see, That Scotland was, no more to be, A land whose rule was not her own, Obliged to serve a foreign throne. Without a doubt my heart is stirred By all that I have seen and heard About this castle’s noble place, Forever etched in Scotland’s face. So now, I walk that cobbled path, Content to know I’ve gazed at last On Scotland’s very heart and soul, Where still the winds of freedom blow. Howard Garrison Yates © January 24, 2000
Monument looking spotless for 2020.
My Grandad (far right) along with his pals. Unfortunately there are no names on the back of the other two soldiers with him.. I believe he told a porky pie about his age when he joined the army telling them he was older than he actually was.. A soldier for 22 years... he was a POW in Japan and was on the Burma railway from the beginning right until the end... he even kept his spoon and I've got his rosary beads which are very worn from him praying. Very proud to call him my Grandad. ❤