3. ROYAL SCOTS (1633-2006)
The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment), once known as the Royal Regiment of Foot, was the oldest and most senior line infantry regiment of the British Army, raised in 1633 during the reign of Charles I of Scotland.
Years Active: 1633-2006
Number of Men Killed in Action: 11,162
Country: Kingdom of Scotland (1633-1678); Kingdom of England (1678-1707); Kingdom of Great Britain (circa 1707-1800); Kingdom of Ireland (circa 1775); United Kingdom (1801-2006).
Type: Line Infantry
Part of: Scottish Division
Garrison/HQ: Glencorse Barracks, Penicuik.
Nickname: Pontius Pilate’s Bodyguard
Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (Latin: Nobody harms me with impunity).
March: Quick March: Dumbarton’s Drums; Slow March: Garb of Old Gaul.
Tartan: Hunting Stuart (which was worn by all ranks except Pipers who wore the Sovereign’s personal tartan, Royal Stuart – an honour granted by King George V to mark the tercentenary (or 300th anniversary) of the Regiment in 1933. The colours of the Regiment used for ties, scarves etc are Oxford Blue, Gosling Green and Peony Red.
In 2006, the Royal Scots amalgamated with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers to become the Royal Scots Borderers, which merged with the Royal Highland Fusiliers, the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment), the Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders to form the Royal Regiment of Scotland.