Prince backs further military museum fundraising

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One of Scotland’s great Highland regiments, which traditionally recruited from Campbeltown and Kintyre, is mustering further funding for its Stirling museum.

Last week under the patronage of HRH Prince William, The Earl of Strathearn, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum at Stirling Castle announced a drive to collect an extra £200,000.

In his appeal letter, HRH The Earl of Strathearn writes: ‘The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders museum needs your help.

‘This project has already received substantial donations and pledges but we still need to raise more.

‘We need to ensure that future generations will discover for themselves what we owe to the Argylls memory.’

£4 million has been pledged to the ‘Thin Red Line Appeal’, which refers to the regiment’s feat of valour when it defied a Russian cavalry charge at the Battle of Balaklava in 1854.

Project supporters include former Colour Sergeant Adam McKenzie, 90, who joined the regiment in 1945 and served for 35 years.

He said: ‘Without the Argylls’ museum the history will be lost as the Argylls no longer exist as a regiment in its own right.

The new museum is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019.