The Royal Scots, once the oldest Infantry Regiment of the Line in the British Army, was formed in 1633 when Sir John Hepburn under a Royal Warrant granted by King Charles I, raised a body of men in Scotland for service in France.
By 1635 he commanded a force of over 8,000, including many who had fought as mercenaries in the "Green Brigade" for King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden. It was by virtue of the Royal Warrant that the entire regiment was considered as British - a regular force in a standing army that could be recalled to Britain at will. And in 1661, the regiment was summoned to Britain to bridge the gap between the disbandment of the New Model Army and the creation of a Regular Army, organized along the same lines as the British units in Foreign Service. The regiment was thus the model for all others.
Since these early days the regiment has served in many theatres all over the world and fought in many campaigns from Tangier to The War of Spanish Succession, The Napoleonic Wars and The Peninsular War to name but a few.
More recently the regiment has seen conflict in both World Wars, the Gulf War of 1991 and action in Northern Ireland with operational tours in Bosnia and Iraq. The 1st Battalion is now based in Dreghorn Barracks, Edinburgh.
Pontius Pilate's Bodyguard. First & Worst
Tartan: Did not wear tartan until 1881 when the regiment adopted Government tartan which was worn until 1907 when Hunting Stewart (illustrated) tartan was adopted.
Honours & Awards
The Royal Scots webpage at army.mod.uk