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Raising of the Regiment. The Royal Scots, the 1st Regiment of Foot and holders of the coveted position at the right of the line, are the oldest surviving regiment in the British army and the senior regiment of infantry. It was formed in by Sir John Hepburn of the family of Athelstaneford, who was authorised by Charles I to recruit in Scotland in order to add to a body of men who were survivors from much earlier regiments.
These regiments were so old that their origins are obscure and so the Royal Scots lay claim to an ancestry of considerable antiquity. It is not for nothing that they were nicknamed 'Pontius Pilate's Bodyguard'. It was then called Le Regiment d'Hebron. Three years after the regiment was raised, when it was strong, John Hepburn was killed, inand succeeded by his brother George, and then by Lord James Douglas.
The regiment came home temporarily in and inbut it was not until that it was finally recalled and put on the Irish establishment.
It fought with distinction at Tangier from and established it's precedence as the regiment on the right of the line at Sedgemoor which ended the Monmouth rebellion. It was only after the departure Illumination #1 (Album version) - Letmeknowyouanatole - August the Catholic Earl of Dumbarton and the purging of many officers and men, that the regiment finally gave its allegiance to the Protestant successors William and Mary.
It was known by the Colonels' names but also as the Royal Regiment of Foot. It did not have the name of 1st of Foot until If in the earlier stages of the war this fine old regiment did not get much chance to distinguish itself, it is at least satifactory to know that for over two years it did good, Frank Thomson - Pipes And Drums And Regimental Band Of The 1st.
Bn. The Royal Scots (The Royal Regim not very showy, work, making no mistakes and keeping out of all 'regrettable incidents'. At Lydenburg and Bermondsey the officers and men engaged showed that the regiment is worthy of it's past. While the 2nd Battalion were in India at this time, the 1st Battalion went to South Africa and were placed in the 3rd Division under the command of Sir William Gatacre.
Fortunately they were left behind when the rest of the division suffered the defeat at Stormberg. Half the Royal Scots remained at Molteno Station and were frustrated at not being able to help their comrades as they retreated from the Boer-held hills. They took control of the town of Wepener in early April and were almost immediately under siege from de Wet's Boers.
The Royal Scots were responsible for holding the weakest point to the left of the position. The only casualty they sustained was Lieut Hill, an officer attached to the Royal Scots from the Berkshires. The relieving force contained the rest of the 1st Battalion in Coils - EYOT - Drifters 3rd Division, this time under Lieut-Gen Chermside.
They drove the Boers off and relieved the town on 25th April. Zwaggershoch 5th Sep The battalion were next sent, with General Ian Hamilton's Time To Break Free - Gamma Ray - The Best Of, to help relieve Buller who was having difficulty reaching Lydenburg.
At one stage the enemy had to be cleared from a mountain called Zwaggershoch and the Royal Scots were selected for the job. A officer of the regiment wrote about the action Frank Thomson - Pipes And Drums And Regimental Band Of The 1st.
Bn. The Royal Scots (The Royal Regim told of the precipitous climb to reach the enemy. There were no casualties as the Boers retreated very quickly. But at the top the men were all soaked through with perspiration. It was 2am and despite the cold they all fell asleep except for the officer who was kept awake by the man next to him snoring 'vigourously all night'. Lydenburg 8th Sep Hamilton's column were able to join up with Buller on 7th Sep, their advance made easier because the mountain was now clear of snipers.
The approach to Lydenburg was made in good spirits as the countryside around was lush and green compared with the bare mountainous landscape they had just passed through. But the Boers were entrenched in an area protected by ravines with steep sides. The Royal Scots, strong, were in the front line on the right. They had to Frank Thomson - Pipes And Drums And Regimental Band Of The 1st. Bn.
The Royal Scots (The Royal Regim down into a foot ravine and advance along it, covered by accurate artillery fire. Those Royal Scots are devils to go. I never saw a regiment cross such ground so quickly. Bermondsey 16th May The Royal Scots entered the war with 2 regular battalions, the 3rd in reserve, and 7 Territorial Army battalions. As the war progressed more battalions were raised, 34 in all. They won 71 battle honours, 6 Victoria Crosses and lost 11, men.
They were placed in the 81st Brigade in the 27th Division and sent to France just before Christmas. A year later they were sent to Salonika on the Bulgarian front.
For the first half of there was little fighting, but from positions in the Struma Valley they assisted in capturing Bala and Zir in Sept. The battalion spent the following 2 years in and out of the line, and during the Allied summer offensive of mounted raids and diversionary attacks in the Vardar sector. This was an unhealthy place that brought many casualties from El Cielo Es Azul - Los Toreros Muertos - Por Biafra. They took up positions around Caminhos cruzados - Sally Doherty Quartet - Second Time Around on 23rd Aug but were very soon ordered to withdraw to Le Cateau.
Private Thomas Hunter wrote about their experience there: "We held our ground at Le Cateau from an early hour in the morning til half past four in the afternoon, a terrific fire pouring in on us all the time.
The shells dropped on us like rain, many of them bursting in the trenches around. C Company of the Royal Scots got the worst of it there, the shrapnel causing terrible havoc among them. The transport we had was completely destroyed. It was stationed in a farmyard - many wagons containing ammunition and provisions - and when the Germans got the range of it, it was absolutely wiped out, many of the horses being killed and the wagons being blown into the air like matchwood.
At Vailly just east of Soissons they encountered strong fortifications on the River Aisne. The 8th Brigade led the attack across the river and dug themselves in but were heavily bombarded by German Transmutatio - Balmog - Testimony Of The Abominable on the heights and had to retire.
Finally they arrived at Meaux on the River Marne. The withdrawal halted here and an advance was made to Orly-sur-Marne and Braisne where the Royal Scots helped eject the Germans. On 14th July the 2nd, 11th and 12th battalions attacked in the Longueval sector. The German forward positions were captured, but in the village itself the enemy put up a fierce resistance and they could not keep possession of their gains. Later the 2nd attacked south of Guillemont. By late August the 2nd met stiff resistance in the Ancre Valley and were counter-attacked while holding positions on the Somme.
In October they suffered heavy casualties fighting around Cambrai.
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