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Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum

Scottish Sikh Heritage Trail

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum is located in the Regimental Headquarters in Stirling Castle and tells the history of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were formed in 1881 after an amalgamation of the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders and the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders. Both regiments served in India before and after 1881.  Following the annexation of the Punjab by the British in 1849 many Sikh soldiers fought alongside this Scottish regiment.

Sikh battalions were also involved in battles on the North-Western Frontier alongside the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Individual accounts in letters and diaries written by soldiers have revealed the existence of a good rapport between the Sikhs and Highlanders.

Lieutenant General Harbaksh Singh served a one year attachment with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1937. He then joined the 5th Battalion Sikh regiment. Lieutenant General Harbaksh Singh served went on to win the Veer Chakra and was awarded the Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan. There are two photographs of him on display in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum with accompanying information.

The Museum has a very good archive of photographs from the regiment's time in India in the 19th and early 20th century. This includes a number taken in the Punjab and with Sikh soldiers.

Entry to the Museum is free, however visitors must pay for entry to the Castle
Address: The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum, Stirling Castle, Stirling, FK8 1EJ
Telephone: 01786 475165
Website: www.argylls.co.uk

Images courtesy The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum


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