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Black Watch

Tartan Illustrated: Black Watch Modern

Motto: 'Nemo me impune lacessit'

The regiment's name allegedly came from the dark tartan that they wore and from its role to "watch" the Highlands. 

"Black Watch" was originally a nickname for the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot, but was used more and more so that, in 1881, when the 42nd amalgamated with the 73rd Regiment of Foot, the new regiment was named "The Royal Highland Regiment (The Black Watch)", with The Black Watch becoming the regiment's official designation in 1931. 

The uniform changed over time, but the nickname has been more enduring. The regimental motto was Nemo me impune lacessit (no man provokes me with impunity).

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