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Black Watch Army Camp c 1915
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Black Watch Army Camp c 1915

This World War I Army Camp housing Black Watch soldiers was located near Nigg. The huts appear to be constructed of corrugated iron but efforts have been made to brighten up the surroundings. Note the neatly laid out and well maintained flower beds.
Picture added on 15 February 2006
I would be very please if some kind local person could come up with more information about this WW1 army camp. My grandfather who served in the Black Watch in the First World War, trained there twice between 1914 and 1916.
Added by A.A.Savery on 17 September 2006
I am looking for any information on this camp. I beleive my gt.gt grandfather was sent there while he was in the the Blackwatch 3rd Battalion. Any inof would be great.
Added by Natalie Byrne on 13 March 2009
My Gt. Grandfather was stationed at Nigg camp during 14-18 War, he married, and my Grandmother was born at Culnaha in 1917.
As for more Info on the camp I`m reading the book Forgotten Scottish Voices from the Great War(Derek Young), in there I have found entries about the training etc. at Nigg camp.
Added by Andrew Coltart on 06 August 2010
I was wondering if My Great Granfather did his basic training here before heading to france in Aug 1915
His name Pte S/7730 John Stewart and he died in Iraq 1916 and Buried in AMARA war Cemetery

Added by Ian Anderson on 23 December 2011
Does anyone have any idea where precisely the camp was?
Added by Sandy Thomson on 26 June 2014
There were two army camps in the Nigg area during WW1 - (1)Scottish Rifles battalion camp between Nigg school and Pitcalnie house (on the W side of the road) with the farm taken over for the war; (2) Black Watch battalion between Pitcalnie and Bayfield (also on the W side of the road.
Added by Margaret Urquhart, Tain & District Museum on 29 June 2014
Thanks Margaret! I knew there was a Norwegian camp on the Links in WW2 and wondered if the WW1 camp was in the same place.
Added by Sandy Thomson on 29 June 2014
My grandfather,(unknown first name, Lieutenant Armour was stationed at Nigg in 1914/15. He was a member of the Scottish Rifles.
I understand that he may have moved to the USA. He met my grandmother, Margaret MacLeod in Inverness in 1914. He was not aware of her pregnancy and birth of my father John Cunningham Armour MacLeod. Any related information - most welcomed.

Added by Phil Shearn (formerly MacLeod) on 04 March 2016
Hi there,
Pte George Robertson S/41498 or S/19638 - we have that he married a Mary Brown or Mary Nicolson at Nigg Camp in 1917 (?). Would there be any records available for this?
Added by Erin on 12 May 2016
My Great Grandfather Pte William Stewart S/8266 served with 2nd Battalion Black watch (Royal Highlanders) 1914 or earlier-8th January 1916 where he died of his wounds in The Battle of Sheikh Sa'ad, Mesopotamia (now Iraq). He is buried in Amara Cemetery. So sad that he and thousands more lie in a desecrated place. The CWGC say its too unstable and unsafe a place to attend. As a Mum of a serving soldier, I just want to thank my Great Grandfather and the rest of his comrades who lie along side him, for their service. I wish I had a picture of him, sadly not. You are not forgotten. Your Great Granddaughter Pamela.
Added by Pamela Murray on 09 December 2019
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