Royal Black Watch Regiment

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Royal Black Watch Regiment
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
Nickname The Black Watch
Parent Formation Star League Defense Force
Formed 3058
Ghosts of the Black Watch
Unit Profile (as of [[]])
Nickname The Black Watch
Parent Formation none
Formed redesignated
Royal Black Watch Regiment.jpg
Royal Black Watch Regiment
Unit Profile (as of 2764)
Nickname The Black Watch
Parent Formation 191st Royal BattleMech Division
Formed 1725
Royal Black Watch Regiment
Unit Profile (as of 2315)
Nickname The Black Watch
Parent Formation British Army, later Hegemony Armed Forces
Formed 1725

The Royal Black Watch Regiment was a combat unit of the Star League Defense Force and can proudly trace its roots back to ancient Terra, more than eight centuries before the Star League was formed. As a "Royal" unit, it was also part of the armed forces of the Terran Hegemony.

History[edit]

The Black Watch in "Real" History[edit]

The Black Watch (Am Freiceadan Dubh in Scots Gaelic) was founded in the nation of Scotland in 1725 as a volunteer militia that kept a "watch" for criminal activities. "Black" came from the dark-colored tartan (also called Black Watch, or the Government Sett) that members of the militia wore.[citation needed]

On July 1, 1739, the militia officially became a military unit of the British Army: the unit was officially named the 43rd Regiment of Foot but retained the nickname of the "Black Watch".[citation needed]

In 1748, the 43rd was renumbered as the 42nd.[citation needed]

In 1881, the 42nd was combined with the 73rd Regiment of Foot to form the Royal Highland Regiment (The Black Watch). In 1931, the unit was renamed the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment).[citation needed]

In 2006, the unit was reduced down to a battalion and renamed The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, abbreviated 3 SCOTS.[citation needed]

The Black Watch During the Star League[edit]

Sometime after the founding of the Northwind Highlanders, the Black Watch was a society dedicated to maintaining its own traditions.[citation needed]

The unit was eventually built up back to regiment strength and renamed the Royal Black Watch Regiment either before or during the First Star League era (2571-2781).[citation needed]

Until the death of First Lord Richard Cameron II in 2766, the Royal Black Watch Regiment was part of the 191st Royal BattleMech Division (The Zavijava Division) and served as the personal bodyguards of the First Lord and his family. As such, they were headquartered at the Court of the Star League in Unity City, but accompanied the First Lord wherever he traveled. The Black Watch was a Combined-Arms Regiment that consisted of two battalions of 'Mechs, one battalion of mixed Regular Army infantry and Marines, and a full AeroFighter wing.[1]

Destruction and the Ghosts of the Black Watch[edit]

The Black Watch was destroyed during the Amaris Coup while making a desperate last stand. Stefan Amaris is said to have personally authorized the use of a tactical nuclear device, having exhausted all other means trying to dislodge the unit. Several members of the Regiment escaped however and formed the Ghosts of the Black Watch Guerrilla movement. [2]

Reactivation[edit]

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The Watch was once again rebuilt in the Second Star League era (3058-3067) and once again served as the personal bodyguards of the First Lord. [3]

Jihad[edit]

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The Word of Blake Jihad was not kind to the venerable unit, and it was reported destroyed during the conflict. [citation needed]

On the 4th of January 3069 survivors from the Royal Black Watch apparently assisted in rescuing Hohiro Kurita, son and heir of the then-comatose Coordinator Theodore Kurita from a Blakist prison camp on Dieron.[4]

Officers[edit]

The first Commanding Officer of the Black Watch was General George Wade, also the Commander of the King's Army in Scotland, in 1725.

As of 2016, the Royal Colonel was HRH The Duke of Rothesay, better known as Charles, Prince of Wales.

The last Commanding Officer of the Royal Black Watch Regiment during the first Star League era was Colonel Hanni Schmitt, mother of Colleen Schmitt, the first Khan of Clan Blood Spirit.[5]

Composition History[edit]

2764[edit]

Royal Black Watch Regiment[6]

  • BattleMech Battalion
  • BattleMech Battalion
  • Infantry Battalion
  • Includes Regular and Marine infantry
  • Ground Aero Wing

Notes[edit]

The motto of the Black Watch is "Nemo me impune lacessit", Latin for "No one provokes me with impunity".

References[edit]

  1. Field Manual: SLDF, p. 39
  2. Jade Falcon source book, p. 8
  3. Field Manual: ComStar, pp. 97-98
  4. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 46, "The Jihad In Review"
  5. Technical Readout: 3067, p. 38
  6. Field Manual: SLDF, p. 39

Bibliography[edit]

External Links[edit]

  • The original Black Watch, the 42nd Regiment of Foot[1]
  • The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)[2]
  • The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland[3]
  • The Black Watch (3 SCOTS), British Army website[4]