Black Watch


The Black Watch is an infantry battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and was created in 1881.

The source of the name is uncertain although there are many theories!

The Battalion Headquarters and regimental museum are located at Balhousie Castle in Perth and The Black Watch's traditional recruiting areas are Fife, Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross.

The Black Watch is permitted to retain its most famous distinction, the red hackle on the Tam o'Shanter.

No fewer than 15 Victoria Crosses have been awarded to Black Watch soldiers and battle honours include the Boer War, the First and Second World Wars, Korea and Iraq.

The Black Watch belt is based on their stable belt and is in a horizontal style of blue, red and green.

All of our belts are hand beaded in Kenya by the Maasai, using an average of 6000 beads.

We use the highest quality leather to ensure our belts are extremely long lasting and durable.

This belt is 1.5 inches wide.

The old Black Watch tie is not a tie at all. It’s a Manyatta belt.



We believe in being totally honest with our customers. Like a bespoke suit or pair of shoes, outstanding craftsmanship takes time. When the order is placed, the mamas in Kenya start beading your belt, utilising their cultural and ancestral skills. Once this is complete, the belt is sent to us in the UK. For this reason, please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. Trust us - it is utterly worth the wait!

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