In 1725, General George Wade was authorised to form six "watch" companies to patrol the Highlands of Scotland. The force was known in Gaelic as Am Freiceadan Dubh, "The Dark" or "Black Watch” and this term may have come from the plaid uniform of dark tartan with which the companies were provided.
In celebration of the Great Arab Revolt centennial, the regiment was here in Jordan to work and train the pipers and drummers in the Jordanian Armed Forces “The Arab Army” in preparation of the parade which took place on the 2 June 2016 to mark this occasion.
We at the British Council Jordan took this chance and invited the “Black Watch” to our premises to perform to our staff and students. It was a wonderful opportunity to exchange cultures and provide a look into Scottish tradition.