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Black Watch Association - Toronto

About the Branch

The Toronto Association was actually formed by World War One members from the imperial side of our family in 1921. In 1935 the Association opened a club on Wellington Street and the Saturday and Wednesday night dances were very popular. The Saturday night dances continued until the close of the clubrooms.

The first Red Hackle Dinner was held on January 12, 1928 in the King Edward Hotel. With our move to York street as described below, the Dinner moved to the Royal York Hotel and remained there until 1987 when we moved the venue to the 48th Highlanders Sergeants' and Warrant Officers' Mess in Moss Park Armouries.

Until the 40's, all Regimental members were from the Imperial Black Watch. The first "Canadians" (to which the new Regimental members were referred) did not arrive until the Second World War. From Wellington, we moved to York Street across form the Union Station in 1969 and had at our peak 550 members (mostly associate) possibly attracted by the delta in beer and liquor prices between ourselves and the Royal York Hotel directly opposite. However, all members knew the meaning of Regiment and family; for it was in those days we would have as many as 200 members on the annual November 10th evening Remembrance Day Parades.

Alas, the building on York Street was put up for sale in 1982 and although we had a large general membership, the managers of the Club had to be Black Watch Regimental personnel. This group was getting few in number, so the decision was made to close clubroom operations. However, we did go out in a blaze of glory in that on February 22, 1982 (the day after our last meeting), the electrical vault under the street outside blew up and the building went on fire. It has subsequently been demolished.

Since the loss of the formal clubrooms, we have been meeting in the Naval Club and in the Sergeants' and Warrant Officers' Mess of the 48th Highlanders of Canada.



The Active Service Fund (ASF) covers the cost of supplying comfort packages to our Black Watch Soldiers on active operations. All funds donated to the ASF are held in trust and can only be used in support of programs that assist our soldiers on operations. You can donate online through CanadaHelps by clicking on the logo below. Also, please note the item to choose once there.




The current branch executive is as follows:

President: William (Bill) Carlisle This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Vice-President: Raymond Joseph, CD   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sergeant-at-Arms: Michael Dickinson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Immediate Past President: William "Bill" Davis


Bill Green, Bill Carlisle, Michael Dickinson, Marilyn Lawson-Dickinson, Robbie Herd, Ray Joseph, Bruno Lamarre, David Mack

Membership renewal for 2017 is now open.

You may renew your membership using your credit card HERE (service charge applies) or mail a cheque (no service charge) to the address on your invoice.

Upcoming Events

Annual BBQ: - Saturday, July 22/17

  Start Time:          14:00 hours

  Dinner Served:    16:15 hours

  Cost:                     $31.25/person via PayPal (or credit card)

  Entrée Choices:   Steak, Chicken, Vegetarian Burger - all served with salad, baked potato, roll  

  Location:              Woodbridge Legion Branch 414

  Address:               60 Legion Court Rd, Woodbridge, Ontario

  Parking:                Ample, free and adjacent

  Welcome:             All TBWA Members, Family and Friends

        You may register and purchase your ticket via:

Upon receipt of your payment you will receive an email acknowledgement with your ticket number/s.

All tickets will be held for pick up at the door.



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