Private James Robertson Scrimgeour, 1st Bn Black Watch

To hear James’s story read by Sandy MacDuff (Black Watch); please press play on the audio file.


You can read his story in full and the stories of 71 of his comrades,

in a new 300 page book



For details and how to get your copy, email [email protected] or use the comments box


Private James Robertson Scrimgeour 40218, 1st Battalion The Black Watch (previously Highland Cyclist Battalion)

James Robertson Scrimgeour was born at Fish Ponds, St Martin on 29th July 1893 to James and Jessie Scrigeor, who had married at Stormontfield in June 1887.  He had two bothers and a sister.  Before enlisting, James was employed as a Clerk with Messrs. Lumsden and McKenzie.  He joined the army on 9th September 1915, initially enlisting with the Highland Cyclist Battalion, before transferring to the Black Watch.  He was soon mobilised to France, where he was involved in various actions on the Western Front.  On the 18th April 1918, James was taken prisoner during the great German offensive, but pluckily contrived his escape that same evening. Private James Robertson Scrimgeour died of wounds in 15th Casualty Clearing Station on 28th May 1918.  He was 24 years old.  James is buried at Houchin Military Cemetery.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.



  • Cameron M Fyfe

    Feb 11, 2018 - Reply


    I would like to order a copy of the new book. Could you please provide payment instructions?

    Cameron M Fyfe
    3 Summerfield Drive
    Sleaford Lincolnshire
    NG34 8TX

    01529 303912

  • Colin Mackay

    Mar 4, 2018 - Reply

    Very interesting James scrimgeour was my lates granny’s brother , some photos of the family have been posted on the stormonfield site , as a family we thought he had been shoot trying to escape after capture so it was interesting to here your story , great work by all involved thank you on behalf of all the family Colin mackay Pitlochry. 04/03/18

    • Peter Olsen

      Mar 14, 2018 - Reply

      Hi Colin
      Thank you for comments. It has been an honour to tell their stories. The documents that go along with his story are in the book which you can purchase on line or at the Sweetie Shop Perth Road Scone it is also available at the local library. We plan to have the Memorial walk completed by July this year and Jame’s Plaque will be close to where he lived we will be making an announcement so you may wish to see his plaque . Interestingly, a Mr Fyfe living in Sleaford Lincolnshire, when he lived in Scone as a boy, heard stories from an old solider who may, (and its a big may), served with James.


      Scone Remembers

      • Colin Mackay

        Mar 15, 2018 - Reply

        Thanks for the interesting reply I have ordered the book and look forward to reading it thanks again Colin . P-S is their a link to share a couple of photos? .

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