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5. THE ROYAL SCOTS BORDERERS (1 SCOTS) (2006-present day)

The Royal Scots Borderers (1 SCOTS) is an infantry battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Five Scottish regiments amalgamated to form the Royal Regiment of Scotland on 28 March 2006 and two of the battalions, the Royal Scots Battalion and the King’s Own Scottish Borderers Battalion, merged on 1 August 2006, to form the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Years Active: 1 August 2006 to present day
Allegiance: United Kingdom
Branch: British Army
Type: Line Infantry
Role: Light Role
Part of: 4th Mechanised Brigade
Garrison/HQ: Palace Barracks, Holywood
Mott: Nemo Me Impune Lacessit (No One Assails Me With Impunity)
Tartan: Government Tartan; Royal Stewart (Pipers’ kilts & plaids)
Hackle: Black

The battalion wears a flat black hackle behind the Royal Regiment of Scotland cap badge on the Tam o’ Shanter, to distinguish itself as the Royal Scots Borderers. It recruits its soldiers from Dumfries and Galloway, Edinburgh, the Lothians, Borders and parts of Lanarkshire, which was traditionally the recruiting ground of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), until they were disbanded in 1968. The battalion home headquarters and museums are based at Edinburgh Castle for the Royal Scots and Berwick for the King’s Own Scottish Borderers. A Company of 52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland maintains an affiliation to the 1st Battalion.

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