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The Indiana Black Watch

Blaring bagpipes, clashing swords, and the rustling of kilts: These are the sounds of the 42nd Royal Highlanders of Lafayette, Indiana, America’s preeminent Scottish culture re-enactors.

The original 42nd Royal Highlanders were a legendary regiment of Scottish warriors that formed way back in the 1740s. They were known as the Black Watch, because of the same distinctive emerald tartan that inspired our Blackwatch Waxwear collection. In 1975, a bunch of guys in Indiana decided to bring their history back to life.

Today, Indiana’s Royal Highlanders travel the country performing traditional Scottish military songs and dances at revolutionary war reenactments. Their pipes, fifes, and drums have also graced many weddings, funerals, and basketball halftime shows. 

Live performance is only one part of what the 42nd Royal Highlanders are all about. They also eat haggis, host whiskey tastings, and play golf in the traditional Black Watch garb. Though Indiana is over 3,000 miles away from Scotland, the 42nd truly knows how to have a good time like it’s 18th century Aberfeldy.

All photos courtesy of the 42nd Royal Highlanders, of Lafayette, IN.

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