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Where were the 3rd Royal Highlanders in 1891?
« on: Thursday 30 November 17 11:04 GMT (UK) »
I have been looking in the 1891 census for the family of William Frederick Middleton, aged about 38, born Campsie, Stirlingshire, wife Caroline Alice, about 28, and children John Henry, 5; Helen Leslie, 4 and Esme Gertrude, 2. I have failed to find them in Scotland, England or Wales.

I have them all in the 1901 and 1911 censuses.

Esme's birth certificate describes William as a Captain in the 3rd Royal Highlanders, and her death certificate describes him as a Major in the Third Battalion, the Black Watch. I infer that the Third Battalion, the Black Watch, is the same as the 3rd Royal Highlanders, but if I am mistaken in that please correct me.

I assume that he must have been on a posting somewhere outside Great Britain?
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AITKENHEAD, Lanarkshire; BINNY, Forfar; BLACK, New Monkland; BRYSON, Cumbernauld; BURGESS, North-East Scotland; CRUICKSHANK, Rothes; DALLAS, Botriphnie; DAVIDSON, Oyne; GUTHRIE, Angus; HOGG, Larbert; LESLIE, Rothes/Mortlach; MENDUM, England; MOLLISON, Lethnot; PATERSON, Larbert; RHIND, Forfar; SANG, Scotland; SCOTT, East Kilbride; STOR(R)I/E/Y, Shotts; THORNTON, Shotts; WADDELL, New Monkland; WILKIE, New Monkland; WILKIE, Tannadice; WYLLIE, Angus; YOUNG, Keith

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Re: Where were the 3rd Royal Highlanders in 1891?
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 30 November 17 11:51 GMT (UK) »
the 3rd Battalion (Black Watch is correct) was the militia battalion so, as a battalion, was not stationed overseas.  They were known as the Perthshire or Royal Perth Militia.  They did their annual two (?) weeks training in Perth in July/August 1889 but otherwise would have been wherever their civilian occupations took them.

Not impossible for him to have served a period with one of other of the 2 regular battalions but without his record that can only be guesswork.  No sign of it on line.

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Re: Where were the 3rd Royal Highlanders in 1891?
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 30 November 17 12:17 GMT (UK) »
Thank you. I am afraid that the organisation of the Army is as yet a closed book to me.
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AITKENHEAD, Lanarkshire; BINNY, Forfar; BLACK, New Monkland; BRYSON, Cumbernauld; BURGESS, North-East Scotland; CRUICKSHANK, Rothes; DALLAS, Botriphnie; DAVIDSON, Oyne; GUTHRIE, Angus; HOGG, Larbert; LESLIE, Rothes/Mortlach; MENDUM, England; MOLLISON, Lethnot; PATERSON, Larbert; RHIND, Forfar; SANG, Scotland; SCOTT, East Kilbride; STOR(R)I/E/Y, Shotts; THORNTON, Shotts; WADDELL, New Monkland; WILKIE, New Monkland; WILKIE, Tannadice; WYLLIE, Angus; YOUNG, Keith