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    Tickets are on sale now for our St Andrews Night, Saturday 30th November. Cost £15.

    Location Ravelstone House Hotel, 182 North St, Musselburgh

    Contact Jamie Colquhoun or George Higgins for tickets.

  2. East of Scotland Branch

    There will be NO meeting this month, due to other commitments.

    The next Branch meeting will take place on Saturday 23rd November, 1930hrs at RBL Prestonpans.

  3. Remembrance Events 2019

    Remembrance Week 2019 is going to be busy with many events covered by our Regimental Family. This gives us our opportunity to pay our respects and Remember the events and loss of life in numerous conflicts. Many will be attending Services in their local town/area and it is hoped that the Regiment can be as widely represented as possible in our Regimental Area. There are a number of events that the Regimental Family will be involved in, some of these are organised externally and others are purely Royal Scots events; see below for details of RS events.

    Co-ordination: The Regimental lead on all Remembrance issues is the Regimental Administrator, Captain Jimmy Springthorpe who can be contacted during office hours on 0131 557 0405 or email,uk. London based events are coordinated by Major Christopher Delacombe

    Wreaths: Representatives/Branches laying wreaths on behalf of the Regiment are responsible for ordering their wreaths from the Regimental Office and arranging collection from the Office prior to the event. Please don’t leave until the last minute. Wreaths for the events at the Garden of Remembrance and Edinburgh City Chambers have been pre-ordered and will be delivered to those locations.

    Dress: while in no way mandatory, it is hoped that those attending will wear, if in possession, Blazer, Trews/Flannels, RS Tie, Glengarry with RS Cap Badge, Medals and of course, a Poppy.

    Please continue to watch the Regimental Website for information regarding Remembrance Events :

    Photographs: The next issue of the Thistle will contain a selection of photographs from Remembrance Services so please send any you have of your Service to Add names of those in the photographs.

    J Springthorpe
    Regimental Administrator

    A list of events can be found here

  4. Caretaker / Chauffeur / Handyman

    Mature and responsible person required for estate in the Scottish Borders within 25 miles of Edinburgh. To be responsible for the security of the mansion house and to assist in the running of the house and grounds, maintaining them to a high standard. The role will include driving duties as required. This is a live-in appointment offering competitive salary and well-appointed accommodation within the main house. Relevant experience is beneficial but not essential. A full UK driving licence is required. Please send applications including CV and covering letter and contact details of references to:-


  5. Very sorry to hear of the death of Davey Zavaroni. He was a friendly, likeable guy and a loyal Royal. Our thoughts are with Helen and the family at this sad time. RIP Davey.

  6. Sadly I have to report the death on Monday 30th Sept of David Zavaroni. Davey died in Raigmore Hospital Inverness. Davey spent over 20 years in The Royal Scots and ended his service as a Colour Sergeant.
    A funeral service will take place at Inverness Crematorium, Kilvean Rd, Inverness IV3 8JN at 9 am on Monday 7th October. Our thoughts are with Helen and her family at this sad time.

    1. Thoughts with Helen and the Zavaroni family at such a sad time for all.
      Dave & Janet

    2. Heartfelt condolences to Helen and family at this sad time.
      Jim and Gill McConnell

    3. I remember Davey Zavaroni very well from an operational tour with the Recce Pl. An excellent rifle shot, I remember him as a LCpl with his L4 sniper rifle remaining awake, watching and listening, throughout the hours of darkness even though not on stag. I remember him later as Offrs Mess CSgt where he deployed his joinery skills to make improvements around the Mess, as well as dealing firmly, but with invariable good humour, with the more boisterous of the subalterns who learned much from his wise counsel. Rather more recently, on an occasion while attending the Blood Transfusion Centre in Raigmore Hospital, an unseen but familiar voice challenged me, “You! Yes, you! Where do you think you’re going?” Davey was working in the hospital at the time. We will miss him. I will be unable to attend on Monday.

    4. Sincere condolences to Davy Zavaroni’s family at this sad time . we had good times in the recce together whilst in Tidworth . I got a call from Wullie Hoy on Tuesday morning informing me of Davy’s passing . Sad times indeed .
      Dave Fraser

    5. Thoughts with Helen and the family, good memories ”Lena” as he was known in the Mortars. Rip Mucker.

    The above Annual Golf Competition took place on Sunday the 22 September 2019 at Shaw Park GC, Alloa.
    We had 20 golfers on the day, but only two branches we able to field enough players to form a teams. Below is the results from all competitions held on the day:

    Trophy Winners – Central Branch
    Best Gross Score – Joe Harper
    Best Nett Score – David Milne
    NP in 1 – Andy Kyle
    NP in 2 – Rab Fraser
    Longest Drive low H/C – Paul McAllister
    Longest Drive High H/C – Derrick Cumming
    Most Golf – W Munro

    Thank you to all golfers who took the time over the year to play in all competitions and we look forward to all meeting up again next year. First competition of the year being the Fallen Comrades Trophy. This will be held about April time, exact date to be confirmed. If you are a member of a Golf Club that could host one of these society events then please get in touch with either David Milne or Brian McGeachie.

  8. There will be a Memorial gathering on Saturday 23rd of November at Mortonhall crematorium at 12.00hrs to remember the sad loss of Corporal William Bell, this marks the 25th year anniversary of the tragic deaths of Willie and Ricky on the A9 heading North from Otterburn, Stevie Murphy has also organised a similar event to visit the grave of Ricky Cummings that day,
    Billy Lamb has organised a piper to play at the graveside and there will be a laying of a 1RS Wreath and any flowers people want to bring on the day,

    Kenny Pirie has organised a buffet and drinks at Tanners Bar Lanark Road afterwards, all are welcome to attend both or one of the events to show there respects,

    We have tries all avenues to get in touch with Willies immediate family but so far have been unable to, if anybody has any information that would be gratefully welcomed

    I will repeat the details on my Facebook page with the aim to get these events out to the wider RS Family,

    1. I’ll be attending at mortonhall. Can’t believe It’s been 25years already. LEST WE FORGET.

  9. Just a quick reminder to all central branch members that we have a meeting on Sunday 6th 1400hrs see you all there thanks,,,,,,

  10. Looking for a piper to play at a Burns Supper in East Yorkshire. Accommodation, meals and cash fee. Venue is the Ferguson Fawsitt Arms, Walkington. Saturday 25th January 2020.

    Yours Aye, Dickie Donovan

  11. Essays

    Very soon paid up members of the Association will be receiving a free copy of a book of Essays covering the Regiment in the 20th and 21st Centuries via their Branch Secretaries.

    However there are two amendments to note.

    On page 135 the caption for the left hand photograph should read ‘General Daser being led away by Maor Knox RA, Brigade Major 155 Inf Bde, after surrendering to A Coy 7/9RS’

    On page 152 The Kohima Epitaph Line 2 should read: Tell them of us and say, The words ‘and say’ have been missed out.

    The website has been updated

    Just a reminder that I need payment and confirmation of those attending our reunion by next Tuesday! There is around 40 going to attend so please action soonest!

  13. Scottish Soldiers- World War 2 Memories.

    Our 40-minute film “Scottish Soldiers – World War 2 Memories” captures the experiences of four of our Royal Scots veterans; the oldest is 101 and fought at Le Paradis, two recount their experiences in Italy and Burma and the youngest, 93, fought in Europe.

    Comments has been made that: “through their honesty, humanity, and humour these old Royals offer younger generations an insight into the experience of war that is vivid, sharp and unique” and “a beautifully sensitive film with no glorification of war”..

  14. 19TH SEPTEMBER 2019

    Robert Dickson
    Just phoned. Left a message. The Royal Scot gate at Glencorse. Are the badges away for cleaning.

    1. Robert Hi

      They are normally taken for cleaning about this time of year, I will check and get back to you

  15. The Royal Scots Regimental Association
    East of Scotland Branch Meeting
    Friday 27th September
    British Legion Prestonpans

  16. DATE FOR 2020 DIARY


    Date; Saturday 25th April.

    Bainfield Bowling and Social Club
    34 Hutchison Crossway,
    EH14 1RU

  17. Just discovered that my great, great uncle, Murdoch McLean (Private 25781 in the 11th Battalion of the Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) was killed age 34 on 14th July 1916, during the Battle of the Somme. Murdoch was born in Barmolloch near Kilmartin on the west coast of Scotland on 26th July 1881 the son of John McLean and Flora Black and one of a family of 11. Murdoch, your sacrifice was not in vain. God bless and keep you. x

  18. Sadly, we report the death of Thomas (Tweet) Jackson Ewart. He served from 1952 – 1954 with B Coy 1 RS. Although he was conscripted into the KOSB and seconded to the Royal Scots, he was most firmly, until he passed away on the 2nd Sep 2019, a proud Royal Scot.

    A celebration of his life will be held at the Baptist Church, Dumfries, on Wednesday 18th September at 10.00am. Cremation thereafter at Roucan Loch Crematorium, Collin, Dumfries & Galloway, DG1 4JF . All friends are respectfully invited to attend. Family flowers only please, donations if desired can be given at the service in memory of Thomas.

  19. World War 2 Royal Scots Veterans War Experiences Film Launch
    Friday 13th September 2019 From 6.30 – 8.00pm
    at The Royal Scots Club 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE

    The Trustees of The Royal Scots Museum would very much like to invite you to the Launch of their 40 minute film that captures the experiences of four Royal Scots veterans; the oldest is 101 and fought at Le Paradis, two of them recount their experiences in Italy and Burma and the youngest, 93, fought in Europe.

    Comment has been made that: “through their honesty, humanity, and humour these old Royals offer younger generations an insight into the experience of war that is vivid, sharp and unique.” The event starts at 6.30pm in The Princess Royal Suite for cash drinks from the bar before a short welcome followed by the showing of the film at 7pm.

    Afterwards there will be the opportunity to view and discuss the online interactive Royal Scots World War 2 Roll of Honour.

    I kindly ask that you RSVP, by the 7th September, to myself, Lauren at and also
    Kind Regards,
    Lauren Clyne Membership Secretary.

    This is open to all of The Regimental Family and members of The Club

    1. Trying to get a message to half chat. Have had a message from someone that his son robbie is trying to get in touch. Surname Thompson, not sure his first. Full corporate when we were in werl block 19. B coy

  20. Just had a message from Dawn Renton.
    Mark has been taken into St Johns hospital in Livingstone. Collapsed on Wednesday.
    He has slipped discs in his back.
    I will keep everyone updated as much as possible.

  21. 21142 Private John Ferguson 13th Bn The Royal Scots. Died 11 May 1916.

    Good afternoon,

    My name is John Flynn and I am chairman of the Tayport branch of the RBLS.

    Recently we received information from Fife council that a name was missing from our War Memorial, the details being of the soldier above.

    A plaque has been made for John and it will be fixed onto our Memorial this month.

    We are planning to have a dedication ceremony for John on the 25th September 2019 at 11.00 at the Tayport War Memorial, and we would like to invite any members of the Royal Scots association to attend.

    We have a piper organised to play a lament and hopefully will have a bugler available as well.

    Perhaps if one of your members could attend he would be so kind as to deliver the Royal Scots Collect.


    John Flynn
    RBLS Tayport Branch

  22. Gladdy Murray Trophy

    Gentlemen, the next Golf Match is the Gladdy Murray Trophy, which will be held at Shaw Park GC Alloa on Sunday the 22nd September 2019. The first tee time is 1000 hrs.

    The format will be the same as in the previous years, Registration with a Bacon roll and coffee on arrival, you will be put into flights and tee timings given.

    The cost for this event will be £35. If you require a buggy can you please arrange this with the Club. Liz Kyle can I please request your assistance in doing the halfway house break. Can you please let me know if you are bringing guests this will then give me time to organise a guest prize.

    If you have any queries contact myself or Bigbri Mcg.

  23. Saddened to hear of Mick O’Hara passing.
    Sincere condolences to his family.
    Gerry McLaughlin

  24. Garden of Remembrance Edinburgh

    A service to mark the opening of the Garden of Remembrance at the Scott Monument, Princes Street, Edinburgh will take place at 1045 hours on Monday 28 October 2019.

    Members of the public are invited to join the Lord Provost, Civic leaders and representatives of the Armed Forces and Veterans community to remember and honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
    Musical support will be provided by the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland and the service which will incorporate hymns, wreath laying, and an act of remembrance will be led by the National Chaplain of the Royal British Legion Scotland the Rev Dr Karen Campbell.

    This event is free and those Tri-Service / Regimental Associations wishing to parade their Standard are requested to notify

    After this event members of The Regimental Family and guests are invited to attend at The Royal Scots Monument in Princes Street Gardens for a short service and laying of a wreath for the fallen.

    I may also add that The Royal Scots Club our living memorial is open and everyone is invited to attend either as a member or non-member.

  25. Hi Danny and Dave!
    Was with Col John and Antoinette at the Arboretum ref Op Banner
    he was in good form.
    Regards Alex Moore
    Southern Branch

  26. Sadly we have to report that Mr David Hutton aged 77 passed away at Berwick upon Tweed on the 11th of August after a long illness.
    Davey is probably best remembered as a Mortar Platoon Sgt in 1RS.
    His funeral was a private family affair.

    SATURDAY 31st AUGUST 19:30hrs

  28. Cenotaph Parade and Service London
    Registration for the Cenotaph Parade has been extended to Tuesday 27th August. If you wish to join the regimental contingent this year and have not yet provided your details please contact Christopher Delacombe before Friday23 August.


  29. Sadly we have to report the death of Albert Roderick (Bert) Connon on Sunday 28 July. Bert who served in 7/9 RS was 101 years old.
    His funeral will take place at Warriston Crematorium, Warriston Rd, Edinburgh, EH7 4HW at 3.30 pm on Friday 9th August.

  30. Members of East of Scotland Branch send their Deepest Condolences to Mick O’Hara’s Family, all our thoughts and prayer are with you all at this sad and difficult time.

  31. Very sad to hear of the passing of Mick O’Hara , he was another great guy and well respected member of the Royal Scots. My sincere condolences go out to all his family and friends at this very sad time. RIP old friend.

  32. The funeral for the late Mick O’Hara will take place on Tuesday 6th Aug at Camelon Crematorium, Dorrator Road Falkirk FK2 7YJ at 11.30 am.

  33. Gordon Rae

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Mick O’Hara, condolences to the family at their loss. Knew him from when he was a Cpl in my platoon in Munster and was delighted to have him as my CSM in Werl. A good man, he will be missed.

  34. Saddened to hear about the death of mick Ohara had him both as quarty and CSM RIP Mick condolences to the family

  35. So saddened to hear of the passing of Mick O’Hara. My condolences to all of Micks Family. RIP Mick

  36. Sorry to hear of Mick O’hara’s passing sincere condolences to his family RIP, Mick

  37. very sorry to read about the passing of Mick O’Hara, my condolences and thoughts are with all his family at this very sad time, I have many memories from Werl and The Fort as my CSM, great man. Rest In Peace.

  38. S sorry to hear about the sad passing of Mick O’Hara. Helen and I send our sincere condolences to all his family. RIP Mick. Charlie Morrison

  39. Very sincere condolences to June and the boys on the passing of Mick. Jim & Gill McConnell

  40. Very sad to hear of the passing of Mick O’Hara. Had the pleasure of serving with him and being in his company many times in our 1RS careers. Sincere condolences to family and friends. R.I.P Mick.

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