THE SCOTTISH REGIMENTS
No. 26 The Royal Scots
Raised in 1633.
Corporal, Regimental Police: Barrack Dress (Shirt Sleeve Order).
Drum Major: No.1 Dress.
Background: Edinburgh Castle.
From a watercolour painting by Douglas N. Anderson.
Postcard No. 26 THE ROYAL SCOTS (The Royal Regiment)
The Royal Scots has the proud distinction of being the oldest regiment of
the British Army and senior regiment of the line. It was raised with Royal
authority in Scotland in 1633 for service in France. It was granted Royal
status in 1684 and numbered First of Foot in 1751. Although Lowland
Scottish dress was not adopted until 1881 national associations have
always been strong and pipers maintained from the start.
The Corporal of the regimental police is in barrack dress (shirt sleeve
order). His dark blue glengarry bonnet has red, white and green dicing and
a cap badge on a black silk rosette. The regulation shirt is open necked
with sleeves folded up. The duty brassard is tartan with worsted chevrons
and "RP" in red cloth. Trews are of Hunting Stuart tartan. This
was granted in 1901 in place of the Government tartan then worn. Shoes are
The Drum Major’s bonnet is as before but with an officer’s silver
badge and the black cock’s feathers which are a regimental feature of
ceremonial dress. His No. 1 Dress doublet is the archer green Highland
pattern introduced in 1981. An officer’s sash is worn but on the right
shoulder. The Highland broadsword is carried hooked up, hilt facing
rearward. The drum belt is lavishly decorated with gold embroidered
regimental devices and battle honours. The mace is of unusual design being
6’2" overall and having embossed silver orb surmounted by St.
Andrew and with silver thistle-headed tassels on the chains.
The Regimental Headquarters and Museum are situated in Edinburgh Castle
which is shown from the Esplanade.
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