Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The Thin Red LineThe Regiment is best remembered perhaps for its involvement in the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War when they inspired a war correspondent to describe them as a 'thin red streak tipped with a line of steel', which was later condensed in the public imagination into 'the thin red line'. The phrase is now commonly used to describe the Regiment.
When the Regiment was formed in 1881 its home was established at Stirling Castle. However, it was only in 1988 that the historical collections amassed by the Regiment over the centuries were gathered together to create the museum, which was opened in the King's Old Building within the castle walls. The exhibits are arranged to tell the story of the soldiers, officers, and their families through personal objects.
The MuseumThe museum is arranged on 2 floors, over 6 galleries. Each gallery is designed chronologically, so you can follow the history of the Regiment as it evolved, covering not only important events such as campaigns and battles, but personal stories that help bring the history of the Regiment to life, with a huge array of artefacts such as letters, musical instruments, and weapons. The stories are brought to life through dioramas and story boards.
What makes the Argyll and Sutherlands Regimental Museum fascinating is that it does not just attempt to tell the story of the Regiment's involvement in famous battles, but to tell the story of the people involved, including not just the soldiers but their families.
That story begins with the foundation of the 98th Argyllshire Highlanders (later renumbered to become the 91st) in 1794, with men drawn mostly from Argyll, and mostly from Clan Campbell. The 93rd Sutherland Highlanders was raised just 5 years later, in 1799, with men drawn almost entirely from estates owned by the Countess of Sutherland.
About Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum
Address: The Castle, Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland, FK8 1EH
Attraction Type: Museum
Website: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum
OS: NS792 939
Photo Credit: Iain Russell, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Church of the Holy Rude - 0.2 miles (Historic Church)
Mar's Wark - 0.2 miles (Historic Building)
Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum - 0.3 miles (Museum)
King's Knot - 0.3 miles (Garden)
Stirling Castle - 0.3 miles (Castle)
Stirling Old Bridge - 0.5 miles (Historic Building)
Cambuskenneth Abbey - 1 miles (Abbey)
Argyll's Lodging - 1.2 miles (Historic House)
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