The United Kingdom's oldest infantry Regiment was
raised by a
warrant from the
Privy Council of Scotland, given under King Charles I's
authority at Whitehall on 28th March 1633
On 24th April
1633 Sir John Hepburn raised a regiment of 1,200 men in
Edinburgh under a warrant from the Privy Council of
Scotland, given under King Charles I's authority at
Whitehall on 28th March.
Douglas recaptures the Colour at the Battle of
when raised was formed of units which had served since
the mists of time. It is the oldest regiment of infantry
in the British Army and is the 1st Regiment of Foot. The
Royal Scots have served throughout practically every
major campaign in the last 372 years, up to and
including the Gulf War in 1991, with honour and
distinction. Many know the saying "Steady the Buffs..."
but less well known is the last part "...stand fast the
Queens and let the Royals go by." For it was the Royal
Scots who had the honour of the Right of Line to be the
first in any conflict. The Regiment's nickname is
"Pontius Pilate's Bodyguard", consequent upon its
In its early days, in service in
France, the Royals were quartered next to the Regiment
of Picardy, which claimed
to be older, having been on guard at the crucifixion.
The Royals replied, they were there too, making a much
better job of guarding the Governor of Palestine. Many
legends have a basis in fact. It is now thought
Pilate may have been born in Perthshire, and the Roman
Legions recruited from every part of the Empire.
World War I
In World War I
100,000 men served in The Royal Scots. The Regiment was
awarded 71 Battle Honours, 10 of which appear on their
Colours. 6 Victoria Crosses (VC), 32 Distinguished
Service Orders (DSO), 217 Distinguished Conduct Medals (DCM),
158 Military Crosses (MC) and 337 Military Medals (MM).
11,213 were killed and 40,000 wounded, a casualty rate
of over 50% over 4.5 years of war.
One of a million Centenary candles
lit at "Lights
Out" for the million British and Colonial fallen of the
Great War at 2200 hrs on 4th August 2014 and extinguished
at 2300 hrs, the hour war was declared in 1914.
1st-4th July 1916
The objective on
16th Battalion, The Royal Scots,
known as McCrae's after their C.O.. This battalion was
recruited fully in just six days and had at its core the
Heart of Midlothian Football Team and its coaches and
supporters. The Battalion went in 1,000 strong and
took and held their objective for four days. When
the roll was called 624 NCOs and Men and 12 officers
were missing. They are thought to be buried at
Gordon Dump Comonwealth War Graves Cemetery nearby, only
19 are identified. 1,053 of the 1,676 war graves
Battalions of The Royal Scots took part in the Battle of
the Somme, The 2nd, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th
(McCrae’s) and the 17th.
Memorial to the fallen of The Battle of
the Somme with no known grave.
Memorial to the fallen of WWI in Flanders
with no known grave
The daily act of homage | Last Post Association
The Last Post at the Menin Gate, 31st May 2016
(315,975 Kb MOV)
Hinges Military Cemetery
Military Cemetery and Memorial
Memorial to the 13,400 fallen from 1914
to the Battle of Loos 1915 with no known grave
World War II
In WWII there were 4 Battalions, the 1st, 2nd, 7th/9th
and 8th. The Regiment was awarded 38 Battle Honours, 10
of which appear on their Colours. There was 1 George
Cross (GC), there were 14 DSOs, 42 MCs, 10 DCMs and 40
MMs. 97 Officers and 1,151 Warrant Officers, Non
Commissioned Officers and Soldiers were killed.
Le Paradis, 1940
WWII Memorial at
British Community Church, St Paul's Valparaíso, Chile
includes Lt A J Somerville, 1RS, killed at Kohima on 9th
continues to be represented by the veterans of
The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) Association
with its HQ at
The Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh, which is, itself,
a War Memorial.
Veterans of the Regiment at the
2016 Cenotaph Parade
The Royal Scots through their history.
The Royal Scots Museum site
Royal Scots Association Pipe Band
The Royal Scots in
Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth
includes Colonels and the names given to the Regiment and its
Battalions throughout its history, badges, and VC awards