Companies employed to watch the Islands of Scotland. They
dressed in a “black” or dark tartan (1725). Subsequently they were
enrolled into the 42nd regiment, under the Earl of Crawford, in 1737.
Their tartan is still called “The Black Watch Tartan.” The regiment is
now called “The Royal Highlanders.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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