I read in the latest edition of the Red Hackle magazine that the Black Watch is no longer to be listed as The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, but rather is to be referred to as 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (Black Watch). I have also seen commentary and been told by friends and aquaintences still serving that the official line is that to call "3 Scots" or any of the other Battalions by their 'anticedant' name such as the The Black Watch was not being "helpful" and that everyone still serving had "moved on" and that the old Regiment and its associations had gone, (despite the media and the wider community outside of the Army still happily referring to the Battalion as the Black Watch). Now, while not a shock, the clear implication of these discussions and statements is a complete decoupling of The Black Watch (and the other 'old' Scottish regimental associations) and all they has stood for with the Royal Regiment of Scotland. The "golden thread of history" has been well and truely severed and all that went before is to relegated to books and a few regional museums! Please note, I am not knocking the new battalions or the RRS and have and will continue to follow their endevours and actions with great interest, but... what can be done to maintain the relevance of the "old" to those now serving with the 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (Black Watch)?