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A network of voluntary community groups who love to sew, who are making scrubs to order for NHS staff who are struggling to get them during this crisis.

Events this Week in Scottish History

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.

Project News

November 2020

Added to the page dedicated to Major Jimmy Howe OBE which starts with his recollections of the 1st Battalion The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) in action in May 1940 culminating in the successful defence of the corridor that led to Dunkirk at Le Paradis: A 1996 interview with Major James Howe with Les Back (Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London) and a 1943 broadcast of Dance Music by Jimmy's Dance Orchestra from Stalag 8B on repatriation with wounded Prisoners of War. More...


May 2020
80th Anniversary of The Royal Scots Defence of the : The Battle of Le Paradis

This year is the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Le Paradis where The Royals Scots and The Royal Norfolks, ordered to hold the canal line to the last round and the last man, to protect the BEF's corridor to Dunkirk did just that.
RS373, The Team tasked with recording memories of the Regiment of the 20th and 21st Centuries of the Regiment's 373 uninterrupted years of service until the merger of all the Scottish Regiments in 2006 hosted an online Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary on Tuesday 26th May 2020.



Veterans of The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) at the Centenary Cenotaph Parade

The Route taken by and Locations of
1st Battalion, The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)
10th - 27th May 1940
From Phoney War Position at Lecelles to the Battle of Wavre on the Dyle, the Battle of the Escaut at Calonne and on to the final Battle at Paradis on the line of La Bassée Canal, holding the Dunkirk Perimeter with The Royal Norfolks to allow the Evacuation to take Place...More

Visit to St-Genesius-Rode CWGC July 2018

Piper Stevenson, fallen 14th May 1940 at the Battle of Wavre on the R. Dyle, War Grave 14 km south of Brussels. More...


8th Battalion The Royal Scots, Le Paradis, April 1918

It is a sad irony that the very ground that was fought over by the 1st Royal Scots and 2nd Royal Norfolks in May 1940 had been fought over by the 8th Royal Scots in April 1918...More

2018 Commemoration Le Paradis


WWI and WWII Site Visits May 2018



New Paradis Website

New Le Paradis site produced by Royal Norfolks Survivor's son, Dennis O'Callaghan.

Le Paradis Details

Maps, positions, locations and contemporary photos.

2017 Visit to Le Paradis (1940) and WWI Sites (1917), Centenary

Remembrance for 2nd Lt Morris Attached Royal Flying Corps (k.i.a. May 1917)


11th Company "George Garland" Valparaíso Chile

New Book on 51st (Highland Division) at Saint-Valéry-en-Caux

Stewart Mitchell, a researcher at The Gordon Highlanders Museum has completed 5 years of research and his book on The Gordon Highlanders at St Valéry has now been published. This deals not only with the battle and the Gordons part with the 51st (Highland) Division but also covers their time as prisoners of war.

Le Paradis 2016 and visit to WWI Sites, May 2016

The Heroes of  St Valéry:

4th Cameron Highlanders in Stalag Luft VIIIB/334 Lamsdorf on Keith Neven's Facebook Page


Burns Night 2016

75th Anniversary of the Defence of the Dunkirk Perimeter 1940/2015

Burn's Night 2014

New Page: "What Islam did for Us" and the Alhambra, Granada
Tim Wallace-Murphy's book and the genius of the Alhambra

New Link: Scots Language Centre
"Scots is spoken throughout Scotland from Shetland to Galloway and Aberdeen to Glasgow.
Use this site to find out more about the history of Scots and to meet the people that speak it today.
Explore, Scots song, poetry, read our blogs and find out more about the origins of Scots.

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Older News

Campaign for the Real Reel of the 51st
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The dance based around the Saltire, Scotland's Flag, and created by the Highland Division, whose sacrifice in France in 1940 it commemorates, is being danced incorrectly by many today, unaware of its significance.

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"Carpe Diem" - Seize the Day
10 Reasons
to make the most of what we have, and do something while we can. Who knows what tomorrow may bring ? 

Photographs © Iain Laird 2016


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