The Highlanders' Museum - Fort George
What The Highlanders’ Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection) does:
• Tells the stories of the many Highlanders who served in one of the Regiments that were raised from the Region.
• Provides an educational and research facility.
• Cares for the extensive collection that has been entrusted to it.
• Provides an exciting visitor and tourist attraction as part of the Fort George experience.
The Highlanders are the descendents of four famous Scottish Regiments originally raised from the Clans and communities of the Highlands and Islands in the late 1700’s. The Highlanders Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland today incorporates the world-famous names of the Seaforth Highlanders, The Gordon Highlanders, The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders and the Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons). The Museum represents all these famous Regiments except for The Gordon Highlanders who have their own museum in Aberdeen. The Museum includes items from the Lovat Scouts as well as our Allied Regiments from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and from the 7th (DEO) Gurkha Rifles.
The Regimental Chapel is also inside the great fortress that is Fort George. In it are memorials to those who have served in the Regiments and many of the old Colours (flags taken into battle).
The Collection is probably the largest regimental display outside London. Founded over 60 years ago, the Museum houses more than 5,000 gallantry awards and campaign medals won by the fighting men of the Regiment, including 16 of the Regiment’s 24 Victoria Crosses. It also contains a set of Colours carried at the Battle of Waterloo, King Edward VIII’s regimental uniform as well as silver and personal artefacts carried by members of the Regiment since 1778. On the ‘darker’ side, the Museum holds a box used by Adolf Hitler for his personal papers.
Strategically sited to guard the approaches to Inverness after the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion, Fort George is a ‘registered historic monument’. After 250 years as a military garrison and training depot it continues to house a Regular Infantry Battalion of the British Army. This key historic site, cared for by Historic Scotland, is visited by over 60,000 people every year. Set in what was formerly the Lieutenant Governor’s House, a prime position in the Fort, is The Highlanders’ Museum.
It is located near to other Highland tourist attractions including the National Trust for Scotland site at Culloden, the popular Cawdor Castle, and the world famous Urquhart Castle beside Loch Ness. It is just 4 miles from Inverness Airport to the south and 8 miles from Nairn to the east.
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Mario Roszak26 December 2016