The home of the museum itself speaks of the rich heritage of the country. Reid gained ownership of the cottage in 1867 and renovated the structure and the gardens to make it what it is today. Later the property was acquired by the Ministry of Defence to establish a place where the legend of the Highlanders Regiment could be kept alive.
The Gordon Highlanders, during its time, had been one of British Army’s most celebrated regiments and it also plays a major part in Scottish history. This regiment was established in 1794 by the Duke of Gordon. Initially it was an infantry and was named 100th Regiment of Foot. In 1881 it became the Gordon Highlanders and most of the soldiers were from the work force of estates that belonged to the Duke. Legend has it that the Duke’s wife offered each soldier an incentive of a kiss for joining the foot force.
Later the Duke’s regiment became one of the most efficient and popular regiments. It was well known as a courageous team with a good reputation for excellent conduct, dedication and professionalism. Today the Duke’s little army serves as the 4th Battalion of the Highlanders of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The museum attracts a range of visitors especially those keen on exploring the rich heritage of Scotland. The original premises have been modified to accommodate the museum’s needs as well as the needs of the visitors. Recent additions to this establishment include an open access armoury, a tea room and an education room. The establishment also hosts special exhibitions and is also the perfect venue for fine dining, conferences and even weddings. Of course any function would involve the finest Scottish cuisine.
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