London Scottish (regiment)

London Scottish (Regiment)

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The London Scottish is a unit of the British Army. Formerly a regiment, the unit is now a company of The London Regiment.

Founding of the regiment

Founded in 1859 as part of the Volunteer Force sponsored by The Highland Society of London and The Caledonian Society of London, a group of individual Scots raised The London Scottish Rifle Volunteers under the command of Lt Col Lord Elcho, later The Earl of Wemyss and March. Over many years the London Scottish have changed titles and lineage, today they are A (London Scottish) Company of The London Regiment.

The regimental tartan is Elcho tartan and Hodden Grey in colour.Lt Col Lord Elcho clothed the regiment in Hodden Grey, the homespun cloth known throughout Scotland. This avoided all interclan feeling on the subject of tartan and, as Lord Elcho said "A soldier is a man hunter. As a deer stalker chooses the least visible of colours, so ought a soldier to be clad."

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Titles and lineage

  • The London Scottish Rifle Volunteer Corps - raised in 1859
  • 15th Middlesex (London Scottish) Rifle Volunteer Corps - official designation under county titles later in 1859
  • 7th Middlesex (London Scottish) Rifle Volunteers - renamed in 1880
  • 7th Middlesex (London Scottish) Volunteer Rifle Corps - renamed in 1891
  • 14th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (London Scottish) - renamed 1908 with the creation of the Territorial Force
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