Bank Street drill hall, Brechin

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Bank Street drill hall
Brechin, Scotland
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Bank Street drill hall, Brechin
Bank Street drill hall is located in Angus
Bank Street drill hall
Bank Street drill hall
Location within Angus
Coordinates56°43′57″N 2°39′23″W / 56.73261°N 2.65632°W / 56.73261; -2.65632Coordinates: 56°43′57″N 2°39′23″W / 56.73261°N 2.65632°W / 56.73261; -2.65632
TypeDrill hall
Site history
Built1879
Built forWar Office
In use1879 – 1967

The Bank Street drill hall is a former military installation in Brechin, Scotland.

History[edit]

The building was designed as the headquarters of the 7th Forfarshire Rifle Volunteers and was opened in November 1879.[1] The 7th Forfarshire Rifle Volunteers evolved to become the 2nd Forfarshire (Forfar and Angus) Rifle Volunteers in 1880 and the 2nd Volunteer Battalion Royal Highlanders, the Black Watch in 1887.[2] The offices at the front of the building were designed by Thomas Martin Cappon and completed in 1897.[3]

The 2nd Volunteer Battalion Royal Highlanders, the Black Watch evolved to become the 5th (Angus and Dundee) Battalion, the Black Watch in 1908.[4] The battalion was mobilised at the drill hall in August 1914 before being deployed to the Western Front.[5] It then amalgamated with the 4th (City of Dundee) Battalion, the Black Watch to form the 4th/5th (Angus and Dundee) Battalion, the Black Watch with its headquarters at the Parker Square drill hall in Dundee in March 1916.[6]

The 4th Battalion and 5th Battalion operated separately from 1919 and 1922, when they amalgamated again, and between 1939 and 1947, when they amalgamated yet again, with one company, D Company, remaining at the Bank Street drill hall until the battalion was disbanded in 1967.[7] The drill hall was subsequently decommissioned and is now used by a curtain-making business, Angus Classic Interiors.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Angus Classic Interiors, (former Drill Hall), 13 Bank Street, Brechin". British listed buildings. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  2. ^ "The Black Watch". Scottish military history. Archived from the original on 5 April 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "Brechin, 13 Bank Street, Drill Hall". Canmore. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Black Watch". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 30 December 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Black Watch". The Long, Long Trail. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  6. ^ "5th (Angus & Dundee) Battalion, the Black Watch". Ian Edwards. Archived from the original on 28 January 2006. Retrieved 23 June 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  7. ^ "Black Watch". British Army units 1945 on. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Scotland's Drill Halls". Historic Environment Scotland. p. 2. Retrieved 23 June 2017.