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  1. Victory Over Japan Day 2020

    The Royal Scots commemorate their fallen comrades from the Far-East Conflict

    At 11 o’clock on Saturday 15 August 2020 The Royal Scots will hold a small wreath laying service at Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh, to commemorate the very significant service and sacrifice of the 1st and 2nd Battalions in the Far East From 1941 to 1945. A total of 496 Royal Scots were killed or died when prisoners of war (POW). A further 707 were wounded or were recorded missing, giving a total of 1203 casualties.
    The service, conducted by their Regimental Association Padre, Reverend Ian May, will take place at the garden and memorial stone in the grounds of Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh. The memorial commemorates the service of the 1st Battalion The Royal Scots and, in particular, its Carrier Platoon, in Burma 1943-45. There are 14 trees planted in the grounds of Lauriston Castle as individual memorials to the 14 members of that Platoon who were killed in Burma.

    Their Association Standards Party and a piper will be present along with representatives of the Association. The wreaths are being laid by Brigadier George Lowder, the Association President, and Louis Barnetson on behalf of his great uncle, Jack Barnetson, who lives in Edinburgh. He served in The Royal Scots, fought in Italy, was wounded, and taken prisoner. Jack’s brother Alex, also a Royal Scot, was killed in Burma whilst commanding the Carrier Platoon. Jack wrote a poem in memory of his brother that contains the following lines, “There are many kinds of sorrow in this world of love and hate, but there is no sterner sorrow than a soldier’s for his mate.”
    The high number of casualties resulted from the Japanese invasion, battle, and eventual surrender of Hong Kong in December 1941. During the battle 107 were killed and every survivor of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Scots, became a POW. A further 181 POW’s died when their ship, the Lisbon Maru was torpedoed and sunk whilst being transported to Japan where they would have been forced to work in mines or dockyards, in breach of the Geneva Convention.

    The following Awards were made to soldiers of the Royal Scots for actions in Burma: –
    DSO x 2
    MC x 17 (incl one Officer, Major W Elliott MC* being awarded it twice)
    DCM x 3
    MM x 6
    MiD x 60
    MBE x 2

    Colonel Martin Gibson said: “Our Regiment feels very strongly that we should mark VJ 75 in this way to remember all the Royal Scots who fought and died in the Far East where World War 2 continued for over 3 months after celebration of Victory in Europe in May 1945. Some Royal Scots who took part in the crucial delaying battles of the Germans approach to the Dunkirk evacuation in May 1940 then made the ultimate sacrifice in the Far East. We will never forget.”

  2. Sadly we record the recent passing of The Honourable Dame Mary Corsar, DBE, FRSE
    widow of the late Colonel C.H.K (Chay) Corsar,LVO, OBE, TD, JP, D who Commanded 8th/9th Royal Scots.

  3. I have been informed about the passing of Andrew (Wobbly Bridge) Robertson who sadly passed away on Mon 10th August after his long battle with Cancer. The first part of Robbie’s military career (Early 70’s to Early 80’s) was spent with the Royals in Charlie Coy before transferring to RAMC to complete his service.

    1. Deepest Condlences R.I.P. Andrew,Thoughts with Family and Friends at this sad time.
      The Secret Squirrel69

    2. Thoughts with the Family at this sad time!
      From the Southern Branch.
      Alex Moore.

  4. As daughter of the late George Edmond Wilkinson 2nd Battalion of the Royal Scots joining the Army in 1934 served in India and then travelled through Manchuria witnessing The Rape on Nanking ( having seen with his own eyes the brutality of the Japanese and proof of this is in an album which is in the Regimental Museum) to defend the Colony of Hong Kong, I feel on behalf of all those who fought and died or went on to become Prisoners of War, taken by the Hell Ship THE LISBON MARU and suffered the consequences of, those who survived were then taken to Japan to endure terrible conditions until liberated, should really take prominence in the Commemorations. Furthermore the Canadians were given the Hong Kong Bar. Shouldn’t all who fought there under the most terrible conditions at last be acknowledged for what they did. My sister and I were invited 50th anniversary to which we attended. But it seems we too have fell off the radar as those brave men and the Hong Kong Campaign has also.

  5. Now that the Club is back open we are taken part in the Government’s Eat out to Help Out Our promotion which runs from the 3rd to the 31st August and is available Mondays – Wednesdays.

    A 3 course lunch for £10pp.

    Contact Ayesha Nickson on 0131 525 6156 or non members are welcome and no dress code applies.

  6. VJ Day 15th August

    A service and laying of a wreath will be held at the Royal Scots Memorial within Lauriston Castle on the 15th August to which all members of The Regimental family are invited to attend, This will be led by The Rev Iain May and will include the Standard bearer Party and Piper.

    Timings, service will commence at 11:00 hrs, dress code is optional Trews, Blazer, shirt and tie and Glengarry or smart but casual.

    Local Bars are open but if you require lunch please book with them directly.

    VJ day Lunch 17th August

    The RS373 Team will also be attending at the Royal Scots Club for a short service and laying of a wreath and then lunch, Rev Iain May will be attending, as you are all aware due to the present situation space and numbers are limited however if you wish to have a 3 course lunch for £10pp then contact Ayesha at to book this is in conjunction with the eat out to help out run by the present government scheme.

    Dress code has been relaxed for this but smart and casual is recommended.

  7. GREETINGS on this the Anniversary of “FORMATION DAY” of 1 SCOTS – Merger of 1RS and 1KOSB
    1 August 2006

  8. IT is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you that C/Sgt Alan Gall passed away today. Sgt. Gall was 10 platoon Sgt. and was known as Daddy Gall. He looked after all in his platoon and was a gentleman. He will always be Daddy Gall to the guys in 10.
    For me he was the best NCO I have had. RIP.

    1. RIP Alan Gall. When I joined the Battalion in June 1972, I was posted to C Coy (10 Platoon) under Lt Blamire and Sgt Gall. Fond memories of him and for looking after me during my early days in the Battalion, in particular during my first N Ireland Tour – Belfast and Londonderry.. “Daddy Gall” he was. OC was Maj Williamson KOSB, Coy 2IC was Dick Mason and CSM was Tam Scanlon. Great memories of my early days in the Battalion……

  9. Saddened to hear of the passing of William (Wee Gal) Galloway.
    Thoughts are with his daughter Christine and son Andrew at this sad time.
    RIP Gal.

  10. Been informed by Peter Trainer (ex Mil Band) that his cousin “Wee Gall” Galloway, ex Signals Platoon from the early seventies had died recently. No further information, however, I have asked Peter to publish funeral details on Guestbook when known. Sad news … remember him well from Cyprus days – he was the Signals Platoon Detachment with David Swinton (ex Bn Footballer) attched to D Coy. Recall on one occasion on the Curium Op he was going to have a square go with CSM Alex McColm … was so funny! RIP Wee Man.

      Wee Gals funeral is on Wednesday 22nd July it will only be family attending “20 people “
      There will be a memorial service next year I will post details on guestbook nearer the time most likely on his anniversary if we are back to normal by then.

      Bill Sutherland

  11. To all members of The Regimental Family.

    Office and Club.
    As the restrictions that we have lived with since March start to ease and we make our way back to something resembling the “old normal” I am hopeful that we will soon be able to re occupy the Regimental Office. If you wish to visit the Regimental Office, please telephone in advance while restrictions of any kind remain in place. The Club as you will be aware is due to reopen on 16th July, albeit with some restrictions. See for further details where you will also see that General Mark Strudwick has handed over as Chairman of Club trustees to Brigadier George Lowder.

    The Thistle
    We intend to distribute the Thistle as planned during September and if you have anything you would wish included then please submit it to the editor at no later than Friday 31 July. We hope to have a “What I did during lockdown” page so please submit anything that fits the bill. To reduce handling (and costs) we will not send The Thistle by post to those we know can view it online. However, you really wish a paper copy then please email the Thistle editor as above.

    Friendship Agreement.
    A recent recommendation put to the City of Edinburgh Council recommends a Friendship agreement with the village of Contalmaison in France. See the link below for details

    Finally, if you wish to donate to Royal Scots Benevolence, be it a one off or a monthly standing order the bank details are: Barclays Edinburgh branch, sort code 20-29-24 acct no 13168468. To those of you who have recently done so, very many thanks.

  12. News from the Royal Scots Club


    On Monday 29 June 2020, George Lowder took over from Mark Strudwick as The Chair of The Royal Scots Club Trustees.

    George was commissioned into The Royal Scots in 1981 and served for 35 years. He commanded The 1st Battalion from 2004 to 2006. Since retiring from regular service in 2016 he has been The Chief Executive of Transport for Edinburgh. In August 2019 he was appointed Chair of UK Tram Ltd. He is a Vice President of The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and a Trustee of The Royal Regiment of Scotland (chairing their Finance and Investment Committee). He chairs The Governing Body of Scottish Veterans’ Residences. Perhaps most importantly for The Club, he chairs the Royal Scots Regimental Trustees and is President of The Regimental Association.

    On assuming the role George said, “I am honoured and delighted to have been selected by my fellow Club Trustees to take over from Mark. I would like to thank Mark for his leadership and guidance over the last 6 years. We look forward to saying farewell and thank you to him properly, when The Club re-opens. I very much look forward to working with The Directors and Management of The Club and with The Club Members’ Committee. My aim will be to ensure that the great relationship between The Club and The Regiment continues to go from strength to strength. The current crisis has demonstrated just how important the interdependency is and we will be even stronger coming out of this. The relationship with The Royal Regiment of Scotland and the other Services should also be encouraged to flourish and we must continue to grow the wider membership of The Club.”

    George is married to Shirley, who is a Director of The Club.

    A Message from our General Manager

    As we move closer to our re-opening date of 16th July the Club is starting to see more signs of life. Plans are afoot to get ready to welcome our members back into the building as we rearrange the furniture to allow for social distancing, give the place a thorough clean and complete our training plans for the new way of operating.

    Whilst our hours of opening to members will be limited to begin with, I would encourage you to come and take lunch with us. Our Chef, Bremner MacDonald, is excited to be getting back to work and hopes you will come and support him in The Abercromby Dining Room.

    The flat which we purchased last year, at 34A Abercromby Place, next door but one to the Club, is nearing completion. We have changed the layout slightly and will be operating it as a self contained let for short breaks. It will offer a lounge, three en suite bedrooms and a small kitchenette. We would hope to have this ready for letting by early August and it will be an ideal place to come and stay safely with family.

    In the meantime we also have an extremely competitive accommodation offer running and are taking bookings from the date we open. There is still plenty to do in the wonderful city of Edinburgh and we are always happy to help with advice on places to visit and things to see.
    We look forward to seeing you back in the Club soon.

    Adrian Hayes, General Manager
    A Room for Two

    Accommodation Offer

    We are delighted to offer members, members guests, their family and friends, a special rate of £75 per room per night for 2 guests bed and breakfast.
    The offer will be available from our reopening date of 16th July and run until the end of September, just in time for a summer break.

    Rooms will be allocated on arrival and will be limited. Terms and conditions apply. Email Morag with your preferred dates on to book. Please note the club is still closed so unfortunately bookings cannot be made over the phone at this time, email will remain the best form of correspondence for the time being.

    Dining Room Bookings
    We’ve been busy taking your bookings for the dining room when we re-open on the 16th July but we’d love to see a few more of you. Three courses and coffee is just £18.50pp for members. Drop Ayesha an email on for availability and to make a booking.

    Meet our New Committee Members

    Mrs Susanne Batchelor

    Susanne has been a partner in the personal team of Brodies LLP for over 11 years. Susanne specialises in private client work, an area to which she is dedicated and thoroughly enjoys.
    Susanne advises on a variety of asset protection matters including wills, estate and succession planning, inheritance tax advice, formation, management and termination of trusts, charity law, powers of attorney, guardianship and intervention orders, planning for nursing home care costs and the administration of executries. She specialises in advising on cross border estates dealing with individuals and assets all over the world. Susanne has a significant interest in the area of adults with incapacity – she is an appointed financial guardian for a number of individuals and gives advice to families with regards to power of attorney and capacity issues. She also deals with the set up and administration of personal injury trusts – some of significant value.

    Susanne is accredited by The Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Trust Law (re-accredited June 2015), and she is also ranked band 2 within the Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Guide in relation to Private Wealth Law.

    In addition to being a qualified lawyer, Susanne is also a member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Association of Taxation Technicians. Susanne also tutored on the Diploma in Legal Practice at Edinburgh University for a number of years. She is a regular speaker at home and abroad (most recently presenting to STEP members in New York) and is a frequent contributor to articles published in journals and in the press.

    Susanne prides herself on delivering excellent client service. Working with the fantastic team at Brodies, Susanne ensures that clients are clear on all aspects of costs and timescales as well as ensuring updates on progress.

    Outside of work Susanne is married to Stevie and has a 7 year old daughter Jessica. She enjoys spending as much time with her family as she possibly can.

    Dr Geoffrey Howard Moody

    Howard was born 13th June 1943 he is married with three children and five grandchildren. He was educated at Melville College, Edinburgh from 1948-62.vHe undertook a voluntary service overseas in Papua New Guinea from 1962 -63 and then attended Edinburgh University from 1963-68 for Read dentistry which he then graduated to BDS in 1968.

    Synopsis Postgraduate CV.
    Academic dentistry and specialising in Oral pathology and Forensic Dentistry FDSRCSEd, Ph.D. FRC.Path, DFM, FRCSEd (ad hominem and Faculty Gold medal). Consultant Pathologist, Senior Lecturer Edinburgh University and Honorary Fellow Edinburgh University (Forensic Medicine Unit) 1988-2008.
    Senior Crown Forensic Dentist, Scotland 2002-2008, Two year secondment to University of PNG (1978-9) RCSEd appointments. Examiner 1982-2011. UK and Overseas. Secretary British Society for Oral maxillofacial Pathology 1992-2002. Elected member of the Dental Council RCSEd. 1988- 2007. Posts held, Convener of Examinations, Secretary and Vice-Dean.

    Currently Captain of the Caledonian St .Andrew Angling Club, which is proud to be unofficially affiliated to the RSC. Member of the Vestry of Christ Church Morningside and member of the Global Partnership Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church responsible for responding to, and allocating money to charitable requests from overseas.

    (Only military association was as a Sgt CCF at Melville College affiliated to Royal Scots
    Inspector/Examiner of Military Dental Units (RAF and RN) 1993- 2000)

    Wing Commander Alison M Moodie (retd) OBE QVRM AE VR RGN RM RAuxAF

    Alison enlisted in 1969 as a Tele-Printer Operator, later changing to Medical Secretary. She has been a member of the RAF/Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF) ever since. Qualified as a Nurse and Midwife in Scotland, she commissioned within the Princess Mary’s RAF Nursing Service as a Nursing Officer, thereafter serving as Head of Midwifery at The Princess Mary’s Hospital, RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus. She achieved the rank of Wg Cdr, on appointment as Officer Commanding, 612 (County of Aberdeen) Medical Sqn, RAF Leuchars 2007-2011. From 2011-2013, she served as Wg Cdr – UK Lead, NATO Confederation of International Officers of Medical Reserve (CIOMR). Her final post before retirement was as Wg Cdr – Officer Commanding 502 (Ulster) Sqn at Aldergrove Flying Station, Northern Ireland.

    Over her 49 years in uniform, she has served in PJHQ/AIR HQ, Kosovo, FRY, Belgium, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Australia, Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Proud to be awarded the Queens Volunteer Reserves Medal (QVRM) in the 2007 Queens New Year Honours List, she also holds the Air Efficiency Award (AE) and Volunteer Reserve Long Service Medal (VRSM). To the huge delight of her family, she was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011.

    Alison was surprised and thrilled to be given the opportunity to delay her retirement in 2014 – as part of the staff at the newly reformed multi-rolled 502 (Ulster) Sqn, RAuxAF, Aldergrove, N Ireland in Mar 2014, later serving as Officer Commanding.

    Alison now resides in Cupar and Edinburgh, where she enjoys working as a Volunteer with the RAF Benevolent Fund and as Chairman of 603 (City of Edinburgh) Sqn Association. She is also busy studying for a Certificate in Higher Education at Edinburgh University.

    Rev Iain May BSc MBA BD,
    Minister South Leith Parish Church and Chaplain to the RS Association

    Iain is a former Navigating Officer who served in both the Merchant Navy and the Royal Navy and commanded HMS Blazer. Iain served from 1976-1984 full time then 1984-1997 as a reservist in the Royal Naval Reserve. On leaving sea going full time, Iain went to university and graduated in 1988 from Heriot Watt University (BSc) Then a career in banking was undertaken. He worked for American Express bank, Royal bank of Scotland and AIB banks. Working in Edinburgh, London, Paris and Dublin in a number of senior management roles, latterly as Head of Planning and Strategy for the major Irish bank, AIB Group, based in Dublin. In his time in banking, Iain undertook further study and graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1993 with a MBA.
    In 2006 Iain answered his call to Ministry. Iain studied in New College, University of Edinburgh for a BD and graduated in 2010. After a period of probation in Carrickmore church, as the Assistant Minister, he was ordained and inducted into South Leith Parish Church where for the past eight and half years, has served as the parish minister.
    Iain is the Chaplain to the Royal Scots Association and also a Honorary Chaplain to the Sailors Society.
    Iain was the founder and Chair of Castle Community Bank an initiative that brought affordable and ethical savings and loans to the folk of Leith and the wider community. Iain was the initiator and still is, the Chair of Edinburgh NE foodbank, which helps those who struggle to put food on the table for themselves and their family.
    Iain is very much a Parish Minister. Being there for all in community and working to share the gospel and the message of Christ to all, is at the heart of Iain’s ministry, ‘a ministry of presence’ is how he best describes his ministry.
    Iain is heavily involved with community initiatives and wants South Leith to ‘have a voice in all the various community events and activities’ that take place within the busy port town of Leith.
    Iain is married to Ann and they have two children a son 29 and a daughter 25 and live in Leith.

    Upcoming Events

    Post Pandemic Future Planning

    Wednesday 15th July, 4pm, Free

    Susanne Batchelor, Partner of Brodies LLP and new RSC committee member, is hosting a session for members focusing on making sure you have the correct legal documents in place, explaining how these can be signed reflecting current social distancing guidelines and commenting on possible tax policies and associated planning given anticipated fiscal measures to be announced by the Chancellor aimed at promoting a COVID-19 recovery. It is even more important than normal, given the current circumstances, that you have an up to date will and power of attorney in place that reflects your current wishes. Any questions will be taken in advance for Susanne to answer on the day.

    This event will take place over Zoom meetings which is an online video conferencing app. All you need is a laptop or phone/ tablet with an internet connection. Zoom will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting if you don’t already have it. The event is free and if you wish to join this online event please email Ayesha at with your name and membership number. You will then receive a link and instructions on how to join.

    Cosmology Lecture

    Saturday 8th August, 11am
    Professor Andrew Taylor is a Professor of Astrophysics at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. His main research interest is Theoretical and Observational Cosmology, in particular studying Dark Matter and Dark Energy.

    For this event we will have a limited number of ‘in person’ places in a socially distanced room in the club. It will also take place over Zoom meetings which is an online video conferencing app. All you need is a laptop or phone/ tablet with an internet connection. Zoom will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting if you don’t already have it. The event is free and if you wish to either attend or join us online then please email Ayesha at with your name, membership number and which format you’d like to attend in. Further information will then follow.

    VJ Day

    Saturday 15th August, 12 noon-2pm
    Victory in Japan (VJ Day) happened on 15th August 1945 when the initial announcement of Japan’s surrender was made. It marked the end of World War Two, after the US dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Instantly the Pacific War ended as in fact did the Second World War since the Victory in Europe (VE Day) happened on the 9th May after Germany surrendered following Hitler’s suicide and its capital Berlin falling to the Soviet Union forces.

    The surrender documents were finally signed on USS Missouri on September 2, 1945. The official VJ Day in the UK is on 15th August, with the US marking Victory over Japan on 2nd September. In Japan the day is known as the “Memorial Day for the end of the war”.

    To mark this victory in Britain, there were bonfires and street parties, while in barracks and air and navy bases – or on ships – those who were off duty partied. Historic buildings in London were floodlit and people took to the streets singing, dancing and letting off fireworks. There was utter relief among all the Allied servicemen and women – and their family and friends – that the invasion of Japan did not have to take place as that would have resulted in many deaths.

    We very much hope to mark this occasion on August 15th 2020 with an informal lunch if allowed to go ahead safely. We will keep you all updated with our plans for this.

    Trafalgar and St Andrews Night

    We very much hope to be able to offer our members something to celebrate both our Trafalgar Night and our St Andrews Night. We are working on the best way to do this both by way of attendance here at the Club, with possibly limited numbers, and virtually.

    We will certainly keep you updated over future newsletters, but any questions or suggestions in the meantime please just email them to Ayesha on

    Great Grog are delighted to offer all Club members trade prices on their whole wine/beer list.
    To qualify just quote RSC if ordering by phone or use RSC as a coupon code online until the end of July.
    Warehouse open for pre-ordered collections or delivery available for a small fee or free on orders over £79 to mainland UK. Visit their website here for their full list.

    HRH The Princess Royal,
    celebrates her 70th birthday

    The Club has been honoured by the unstinting support of two Royal patrons. In the beginning as Colonel in Chief of the Regiment, the late Princess Mary, The Princess Royal. In 1983 Princess Anne followed in the footsteps of her great aunt, when she agreed to become Patron of the Club. She paid her first visit to the Club the following year and has since returned to visit on a number of occasions, most recently for our centenary year celebrations. As her 70th Birthday approaches on the 15th August, we wanted to share some images of her at the Club over the years.

    HRH on her first visit to the Club in July 1984, with Chairman of Trustees Charles Alexander, and, in the middle, Col. of The Regiment, Lt General Sir Robert Richardson

    HRH signing the visitors’ book in 2006

    HRH with Club Trustees in 2009

    HRH and Brian Adair at the unveiling of The Princess Royal Suite in 2011

    HRH with CO 1 SCOTS, Lt Col Ben Wrench

    HRH with members in 2013

    HRH with club members in 2009

    HRH unveiling the plaque to commemorate Royal Scots VC’s

    HRH with Club members in 2019

    HRH with members in 2013

    HRH with Major General Mark Strudwick, Colonel Clinton Hicks and Adrian Hayes in 2019

    HRH with members of the committee in 2011
    A Recent Letter from
    HRH, The Princess Royal

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  13. Deepest Condolences to the families of Pipe Major Robertson and Paul Poustie.R.I.P. Bros.
    Stu Colquhoun.

  14. N.I Branch are deeply saddened by the loss of our member Paul Poustie our thoughts and condolences are with Joanne and the wider family circle at this sad time
    RIP Paul

    1. another old friend from my army cadet days in Dalkeith Rest In Peace

    2. The Regimental Association sends their Deepest Condolences to the family of the late Paul Poustie all our thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this difficult and sad time.

      RIP Paul.

    3. East of Scotland Branch are Saddened by the news of the passing of Paul Poustie, all our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time.
      Deepest Sympathy
      RIP Paul.

  15. Danny,

    Many thanks for letting us all know.

    The travelling party to Vancouver Island for the Canadian Scottish Centennial will remember Steve Kelly well.

    Post 2006, Pipe Major Bill Robertson composed (I think) two tunes and forwarded them to the then HHQ RS. As I recall, one of them was titled “A Salute to The Royal Scots”. They are lodged in the Museum Library.

    Bill Sutherland’s recollect of this is almost certainly better than mine.

    Best wishes,


    1. I was in regular contact with ex Pipe Major Bill Robertson, having visited him and his wife Eleizabeth when we were in Aukland visiting Lyn’s brother. Would have been around 1996/1997. We were invited to Bill and Elizabeth’s house for lunch and we were given a tour of Aukland by Bill. We have exchanged Christmas cards annually and Bill used to send me a diary depicting scenes of New Zealand. His daughter Rhona played Badminton for the NZ National Team. I did not know he was ill and I am deeply shocked to hear of his death. We spoke on the phone less than 6 months ago and he seemed well. His wife Elizabeth died around 4 or 5 years ago. He was quite an authority in the Piping world and donated a number of Piping memorabilia to both the Regiment and the Piping School over the years. He will be sadly missed – I have lost a great friend. RIP Bill Robertson.

    I have received information from Steve Kelly, Pipe Sergeant in Osnabrück, now residing on Vancouver Island of the death of Bill Anderson.

    Pipe Major Bill served in the Bn in the late 40s and served in Korea. Very little of his life is known after discharge but he settled in New Zealand where he died aged 88 this month. He is survived by his daughter Rhona and his obituary was published in the New Zealand Herald on 27 June.

    RIP Bill. Thank you for your service to our country and Regiment.

    The Chairman of Regimental Trustees, Brig George Lowder has asked me to pass on his greetings to the Regimental Family on this Armed Forces Day. “Like everyone else I am disappointed that AFD 2020 had to be cancelled and I know it is particularly frustrating for those of you who would have been on parade in Edinburgh or indeed viewing the parade. I have always enjoyed marching along with so many proud Royals and I hope that we will turn this disappointment around next year and parade in even greater strength than we have done in the past”. UTR,

  18. Today 15th June 2020 Henry Duthie MBE, ” BIG HENRY, ” died aged 97. Henry with his regiment the Royal Scots fought over a strategic hill in France against the Panzer Division. After an extremely hard battle they broke through and Karl Steinbach of the Panzer group said it was like Hell breaking loose and we had not time to reload when this powerful force was on us and we had no option but surrender quickly.

    Karl never forgot that dramatic time and Henry and Karl became great friends after the war and that lasted until recently. Henry was a character and earned the title of Mr Fraserburgh for the immense charity work he had done over his lifetime. He met the Queen and gave her a guided tour of his home town in 1991. He will be sadly missed for the great man he was and a true veteran and a right ROYAL SCOT.

    Jim Taylor

  19. I have been asked to post the following on the RS Guestbook:

    Dear family and friends of the 1st Bn Royal Scots Regiment

    It is with a very heavy heart that I have to pass on the following information.

    Pete “Pearo” Pearson, formerly Signals Platoon, sadly lost his brave battle against cancer 17:00hrs Sunday 14th June.

    Our thoughts go out to his wife Nicola, and kids Chris & siobhan and their extended family.

    Nicola and the family ask for some privacy at this time.

    If you want to send a card to them, please PM for the address.

    Thank you.
    Wee Pat McCairn

    1. The Regimental Association sends their Deepest Condolences to the family of the late Peter Pearson “Pearo” all our thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this difficult and sad time.

      RIP PEARO.

    2. I have fond memories of Pearo including one during training at Otterburn, pulling fish out of the burn using an A41 four foot whip with a loop of wire on the end. We ate well! Condolences to the Pearson family.

    3. My most sincere condolences to “Pearo’ Pearson’s family. He was absolutely excellent soldier and leader and a truly great man.

    4. I have just found out the sad news of the passing of Pearo from my brother Tommy, what a great guy he was, we met up in Aberdeen about 4 years ago and shared a few memories, my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very sad time.

      Rest In Peace Pearo

  20. Regardless of colour

    On the Royal Scots Facebook page the image below has now reached 19,499 people, We thank you for your support

  21. Change.Org

    Maximum Automatic penalties for people who damage Military Memorials

    Calling on all Members of the Armed Forces Community – Following our latest round of open terrorism on the Streets of the United Kingdom, and the damaging and desecration of our War Memorials, we would like to see automatic, full sentencing carried out to people that are filmed, bragging about, or inciting others to get involved in the damage in any form. In 2019 this was debated now lets see some proper protection put in place for our Military Heritage, remembering the people that made the ultimate sacrifice to the United Kingdom, and to understand that their lives mattered.

  22. Good morning – if you are working during the pandemic.

    I am emailing to ask about a possible Royal Scots expedition to Greenland, or perhaps a member of the RS was on the expedition, which sledged across the icecap from west to east. I have a recollection of being told about it by a member at about the time, but cannot remember much more. My memory might be faulty!

    If you have any knowledge about it or an article in the Regimental Journal I would appreciate any details.

    I was in the RHF and climbed in Greenland about that time. I am currently trying to write an article about army exploits in Greenland which is why I am trying to trace any information about this crossing.

    Many thanks if you can help. If you have no details I wondered if you could aske about in any email circuit or other information circulated to former members of the regiment.

    Stay safe and well.

    Crispin Agnew

  23. Dunkirk – The Untold Story of The Royal Scots

    Stand, fight to the last man, and allow the Dunkirk evacuation to happen; the untold story of the 1st Battalion The Royal Scots at Le Paradis 80 years on.

    On the 25 May 1940, the remains of the 1st Battalion The Royal Scots, less than 400 strong, prepared for their last stand at Le Paradis, 30 miles from Dunkirk in North East France. Their orders, to “Stand And Fight To The Last Man”, played a pivotal role in enabling the withdrawal of 337,000 Allied Forces and equipment from the beaches of Dunkirk. However, this valiant three-day rear-guard defence against overwhelming odds led to the Battalion’s destruction.

    You can see the movie The Untold Dunkirk Story: Virtual 80th Anniversary Commemorative Service Here

  24. I am Ex Royal Scots 1958 1961 I will be 80 on the 26 may Major McCance was Company commander CSM was Cockburn They both joined the Battalion in the sye a couple of months apart Gladdy Murray was in my intake Regards Bob Williams

  25. Dear Jimmy

    Thank you so much for helping out with Danny’s birthday. He was absolutely delighted with the surprise. Please see photos attached.

    Kind regards


    Susie Hamilton
    Head of External Relations

    Scottish Veterans Residences
    Registered Charity SC012739
    53 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BS
    0131 556 0091

  26. Two former Royal Scots will celebrate their 80th birthday on Saturday 23rd May.
    The birthday boy’s are,
    Col M B H (Mike) Ashmore CBE and Mr D (Danny) Dempsey.
    Please feel free to post a greeting to them here on the guest book.

      1. Happy birthday “Mike & Danny” have a marvellous day on your 80th year.
        all the best.
        Dave & Janet

    1. On behalf of the Southern Branch
      Happy Birthday Colonel Mike and Danny-stay safe!
      Alex Moore

    2. Happy birthday to Danny Dempsey and Col Ashmore CBE, have a good day…..
      Up The Royals

      Andy Kyle

    3. Happy birthday to you both have a great day UTR…. From all members of Central Branch

    4. Many Happy Returns and many more. Gentleman have a wonderful day when it comes it’s a honour and a privilege to have serve with you both

    5. As a former Royal,I had the pleasure of serving with these two fine gentlemen. Happy birthday.!
      Steve Kelly
      Ex B Coy and pipes and drums

  27. From: Robert Page
    Sent: 09 May 2020 20:19
    To: Admin
    Subject: RE: To all members of The Regimental Family.

    I want to thank all the individuals involved in the making of the attached film.

    It was great to see the history and recognize the people narrating throughout the movie.

    I served in the Regiment from Dec 1970 thru Nov 1978, discharging out of Oxford Barracks in Muenster.

    Ending up where I started in Charlie company, under Major Chris Brown.

    Throughout my career in the “Royals”, I made a lot of friends who even today I’m still in contact with.

    My Regiment built the foundation stone of my future life and gave me the confidence to aim higher and go further in my life.

    Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, for what you made and gave me through my military career!

    Yours sincerely

    Bob (Polly) Page.

    24153501-Cpl 9pltn-C Company, 1st Btn Royal Scots.

    Houston, TX. US.

  28. May I just take a moment to remind everyone that our office and Regimental Museum as is The Castle will remain closed until further notice if you wish to get in contact with us please use the following.

    During normal office hours 9am – 3pm.

    Regimental Secretary:-
    Admin: –
    IT & Social media:-
    Press Office:-

    The office telephone will automatically redirect you to Jimmy’s mobile

    Out of office hours:- 3 options are available

    Please follow the government advice stay home and most of all stay safe.

    Thank you

  29. From Ollie Dixon

    I am part of the team running the UK’s Covid-19 leading mental health research study, which provides weekly data direct to the UK government and NHS.

    We have +80,000 UK adults in our study, but we need a lot more as the data are being used to understand the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on mental health and loneliness in the UK and to make decisions on government response to Covid-19.

    Like many of us, your members will be grappling with the many challenges that have arisen; we want to ensure that all voices are heard.

    We’re approaching organisations across the UK to ask them if they can send the message below to any suitable newsletters/bulletins/social media/website pages? A number already have, but we want to make sure that the views of people living in all areas and in all circumstances are represented.

    I’ve provided sample text below and am happy to answer any questions you may have. I have also answered some FAQs below.

    University College London is running a study into the psychological and social effects of Covid-19 in the UK.

    The results are being used to understand the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on mental health and loneliness in the UK and to inform government advice and decisions.

    We’re looking for adults in UK who are happy to take part and spread the word about the study. Participation involves answering a 10-minute online survey now and then answering a shorter follow-up survey once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place.

    To take part, visit

    Very many thanks for your support.


    What happens to the data?

    The data people provide are analysed anonymously (so people can’t be identified) and provided into weekly dashboards for cabinet office, wider departments of government (including DHSC and DfE), Public Health England, NHS England, and mental health organisations and charities. The reports are also made publicly available for members of the public to see what is happening, very much promoting ‘open science’ during the pandemic so that people are informed about how the nation is being affected: The data are then being used to inform what advice is given to people, and what support is available, whether that is formal mental health service support or other support such as from telephone lines (such as Samaritans) and voluntary organisations. The data are also being used to inform decisions such as the length of lockdown. These are all decisions that directly affect individuals’ daily lives, so taking part can give individuals a chance to say what challenges they are facing.

    Is the study ethics approved and GDPR compliant?

    This study has full ethical and data protection approved and is GDPR compliant, all hosted through secure servers and data safe havens. It’s funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Nuffield Foundation (two of the largest scientific funders on medicine and society respectively).

  30. Just to remind everyone that we have permission for only the Padre a wreath layer (now Tam Douglas) and one other to attend Rosebank Cemetery on Sat 23rd May to commemorate the Gretna disaster. If you wish to pay your respects then please spend 2 minutes in quiet reflection at 11 am when the wreath will be being laid.

    O Lord Jesus Christ, who art the first and the last, grant, we pray Thee, that, as Thou has promised to be with us even unto the end of the world, so may The Royal Scots be the first to follow Thee and the last to forsake Thee, who art, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.

  31. Remembrance Service for the victims of Le Paradis Massacre

    We are pleased to inform you that we will be holding an online service of Remembrance on 27th May, starting at 5pm. This will be the 80th anniversary of the massacre of The Royal Norfolk Regiment.

    For more information on The Royal Scots involvement please see

    You are invited to join us – further details below.

    We had hoped to hold a church-based service but this has proved impossible in the current context. However, we felt that we could not let the 80th anniversary pass without formal recognition of and respect for the sacrifice of those involved.

    The online service will be held using ‘Zoom’. To join us, you will need to register within the next few days so that we can make the necessary arrangements with you. To register to join us on the day please reply to this email and include the following detail:

    Your title
    Mobile phone number
    Only one person per online connection is required, although you may choose to invite others to join you on the day.

    And return to

    With very best regards – and please stay safe.

    Rob Edwards

    Chair and Secretary, Le Paradis Memorial Appeal
    Registered charity no 1184870

  32. Quintinshill Train Disaster 22 May 1915

    BBC2 is re-screening the Quintinshill programme (with Neil Oliver) at 21.00 on Wednesday 20 May to mark the 105th anniversary. This documentary was made in 1915 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disaster.

    Well worth a watch.

  33. Over the past couple of years I’ve been tracing my family history via
    My whole family has been interested in my findings, not least myself.

    Its made a few family held documents surface with some useful historical facts.

    One particular document in my mum’s possession was what I think is the boarding document for one of the troop ships heading back home from Burma that my grandfather was aboard.
    The embarkation authority is labelled Rangoon.

    On the document are 2 other servicemen, one of which was of the 1st Royal Scots, named Sgt H Wood. 3060755

    Sadly my grandfather past away 20 years ago but would be great if any visitors had any information on Sgt H Wood who was possibly living in Goole West Yorkshire prior to the War.

  34. To all members of The Regimental Family.

    The Executive Committee met 5th May using MS Teams to conduct business. This had been proceeded by a finance committee meeting. The Regimental Trust Meeting Scheduled for 29 may will also be conducted by this means.

    George Simpson’s 100th birthday was a great success and attracted national media coverage and most of you will have watched it on BBC or STV. You can read George’s amazing story on the website under “latest news”. I sent a card to George on behalf of The Regimental Family. We will post a copy of the card on the website.

    The Chairman of the Regimental Trustees wrote to the Princess Royal’s Office earlier this week and his letter which is shown below acts as a suitable update for all of us.

    Today of course we celebrate VE Day, not in the manner we hoped but still with great pride in our nation and we remember the sacrifice made by so many who gave their all for us. The detail of the day’s events can be found on the guest book.

    Gretna Memorial. Normally we would be parading on Saturday 23rd May at Rosebank Cemetery for a memorial service in honour of all those who died in the train crash at Quintishill on 22nd May 1915 when 214 members of the 7th Bn lost their lives. Because of the Covid19 restrictions this is obviously cancelled. However, we have received permission to allow our Association Padre The Rev Iain May to accompany Andy Kay as he lays a wreath on behalf of the Regimental Family.

    Benevolence. On behalf of the Regimental Trustees I would like to thank all of you who have recently made donations to Royal Scots Benevolence either by a standing order or a one-off donation. Very many thanks.

    The Chairman’s letter to Commander Sullivan, Assistant Private Secretary to HRH The Princess Royal.

    Dear Commander Sullivan,
    In these trying times I thought that it might be helpful if we provided a short update for HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of The Royal Scots Association. We can confirm that The Royal Scots Regimental Family continue to go about our business, albeit with most of this conducted in the ether. As you would expect, we have adapted and are getting on with it in the new normal.

    The Regimental Office Staff are working from home and continue business online. The Executive and Regimental Trustees have held their meetings as planned, using MS Teams as their principal means of communicating.

    The Museum and The Royal Scots Club are closed, but essential maintenance and checks are being conducted. Attendance at the Gretna commemoration at Rosebank Cemetery this year will consist of The Association Padre and a wreath layer conforming to the rules of social distancing.

    Unfortunately, we will not be sending a large contingent to Le Paradis this year, as planned, to mark the 80th anniversary of The 1st Battalion’s action there to help defend Dunkirk. This will be carried forward to 2021.
    With the cancellation of VE Day celebrations on Friday 8 May. The Royal Scots have been encouraged to observe 2 minutes silence at 11 am wherever they are.

    Tomorrow, a former Royal Scot POW, George Simpson will celebrate his 100th birthday. A piper will play outside his house and a small number of Association Members suitably spaced will salute him. This will be covered by BFBS and we hope the BBC.

    A small team under Colonel Martin Gibson have produced an hour-long film recording the memories of former Royal Scots during the period 1945 – 2006 which was launched last Thursday. HRH and her role are mentioned in the film:

    Jimmy Springthorpe
    Regimental Administrator

  35. I was saddened to learn of Kenny Leeder’s passing. My thoughts are with his mother Liz and his brother and sister. RIP

  36. Sadly I’v been asked to post the Death of Kenneth Leader (Kenny) who passed away this morning with a suspect Heart Attack in Spain.

    Kenny was a Drummer in the Royal Scots Regimental Pipes and Drums.

    Kenny’s Funeral will take place in Spain where he will be cremated..

    1. so sorry to hear about the passing of Kenny Leader, I worked with Kenny as a Regimental Policeman at Fort George for a few years, Kenny was always keen to try out parachuting hence him becoming a great member of The Golden Lions Freefall Team, also an excellent drummer. Rest In Peace Mate.

  37. Saddened by the news on social media off The Passing of KENNETH KENNY LEADER.
    Thoughts with The Family and friends at this sad time.
    Deepest Sympathy
    Stu Colquhoun

  38. “Victory in Europe Day 75” (VEDay75).

    Friday, the 8th May 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe and will be commemorated as VE Day 75. At 0800 hrs that morning Government buildings and military barracks will raise the Union Flag at the start of the day.
    0800 hrs Flag Raising of Union Flags. #VEDay75
    1040 hrs Legion Scotland Online Remembrance Service with 2 minutes’ silence at 1100 hrs. Livestream on the Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland Facebook pages.
    1100 hrs – 2 minutes’ silence.
    1200 hrs – Legion Scotland Online Concert.
    1500 hrs – BBC hour long VE75 broadcast.
    2000 to 2115 hrs BBC programme concluding with sing-along – “We’ll Meet Again”, popular song in World War 2, which HM The Queen alluded to in Her rallying message to the Nation on Coronavirus on 5 Apr 20.

    Pipers are invited to play “Battle’s O’er”. Cadet Corporal Rowan Laws, of Dunoon Detachment A and SH Bn ACF, is among those asked to play “Battle’s O’er”. Not only is this a good Argyll tune, composed by Pipe Major William Robb A and SH, the associated words of the song by Andy Stewart are apt for the commemoration.
    Andy Stewart’s recording is on youtube:
    “March no more my soldier laddie, there is peace where there once was war.
    Sleep in peace my soldier laddie, sleep in peace now the battle’s o’er”.

    PM William Robb lived in Stirling and won the piping Gold Medal and Marches at Oban in 1893. He was a son of the regiment.
    For your further information, there will be a short service at Glasgow Central Station at 1100 on Fri 8 May, organised by the Parachute Regimental Association in support of Scotrail. All appropriate precautions and social distancing will be observed.

    Coronavirus. Victory in Europe was achieved at tremendous cost. We witness great sacrifice by the NHS today, and we continue to show our appreciation each Thursday at 8 pm. The battle against Coronavirus is not over, but the end is in sight.

  39. I was due to post an update today on Regimental matters, however this will now be posted on Thursday 7th May.

  40. Sir, I remember you well. You were my platoon commander, Along with LtGibb, Caen Squad 1962 at Berwick. I was batman to Major McCanse. Also served with you in Aden and other postings.
    I trust you are well.
    Best regards
    Bob Glasgow, private, 23909018

  41. Princess Anne: The Daughter Who Should Be Queen

    One-off documentary exploring the life of the Queen’s only daughter, exploring her skill as a horse rider – representing Britain in the 1976 Olympics – and the incident in 1974, when she survived an dramatic attempt her and hold her to ransom

    Channel 5 tonight at 9:15 – 10:45

    1. Heard today Paddy Scanlan passed away don’t know any more details

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