Presentation of New Colours, Birkhall, 1996

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Colours (large flags mounted on a pike) were used by the Army as a rallying point for troops and to mark the location of the Commander. Colours may be inscribed with the names of battles or other battle honours. As a symbol of a regiment they are always guarded, and paid compliments. The presentation of new colours is therefore a ceremony of reverence and importance.

The Black Watch carried two colours. The Monarch's Colour is a Union Jack with the Regiment's insignia placed in the centre. The Regimental Colour is a blue flag with the insignia in the centre.

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Presentation of New Colours, Birkhall, 1996


oil on canvas 


H 56 x W 71 cm

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purchased, 1997; on loan to The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

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