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One of the most interesting and exciting elements of our job is researching our finds.  This Victorian army campaign writing tin is especially interesting.  On the top there is a name faintly handwritten in elegant gold calligraphy.  We believe it says Colonel W Green.  The Black Watch.  If our research is correct this belonged to Colonel Sir William Green.


The Black Watch is one of Scotland's oldest regiments, originally made up from Scottish clans - Campbells. Grants, Frasers & Munros. 


The tin is externally black with brass handles and a fabulous blue interior.  Internally there is are two trays - one small tray under the pen holder and one larger tray .  


It is well used and well loved.  A really interesting item with a big story to tell.


Size: W41cm x D28cm x H16cm


  19 MAY 1897

COLONEL SIR WILLIAM GREEN, K.C.B., died on Sunday night at his residence, Lynnburn, Aberlour, Scotland.  He 
was on Wednesday seized with a paralytic stroke from which he never rallied.  Sir William Green, who was born in 
1836, joined the Army in January, 1855, and served with the 42nd Highlanders in the Crimean campaign from July 14, 
1855, including the siege and fall of Sevastopol, for which he received the medal with clasp and the Turkish medal.  He 
also served in the Indian Mutiny campaign, being present at the actions of Kudygunge and Shumsabad, the siege and fall 
of Lucknow, the assault on the Martiniere and Bank’s bungalow, the attack on the Fort of Rooyah, the action of 
Allygunge, the attach and capture of Bareilly, Sisseaghat.  

He was mentioned in despatches and received the medal with clasp.  He became a captain in 1859 and a major in 1872.  
In the Ashanti campaign he embarked for the Gold Coast with the 42nd Highlanders, and was there placed in command of 
100 men at Yancomassie Fanti, receiving the medal.  Sir William Green became a lieutenant-colonel in 1881 and served 
with the 1st Battalion of the Black Watch in the Egyptian War of 1882, and was present at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir, 
being mentioned in despatches and being awarded the medal with clasp, the 4th Class of the Osmanieh and Khedive’s 
Star.  In the Sudan Expedition of 1884 he was in command of the 1st Battalion of the Black Watch, and was present in 
the engagement of El Teb and Tamai.  He was slightly wounded, was mentioned in despatches, was granted two clasps, and 
made a C.B.

He was in command of the same battalion in the Nile expedition of 1884-85, and was present at the action of Kirbekan, 
receiving two clasps and being again mentioned in despatches.  He retired in 1893.  Sir W. Green married, in 1862, 
Williamina, daughter of Mr. John Gordon, of Leith.  He was a Deputy-Lieutenant and J.P. for the county of Banff.' From



Black Watch Campaign Writing Box