1. Tom Logan


    The East of Scotland Branch and the Regimental Association would like to welcome its newest member in the name of Norman Harland (Norrie) from Musselburgh, Norrie served from 1979 to 2001; he served with the Battalion Bn Sig Plt.

  2. Bill Sutherland

    CHRISTMAS CARDS – WARNING NOTICE Please note that we have decided (as for previous years) not to send out Christmas Cards this year – the main factor being the extortionate cost for postage. As an alternative, it is our intention to give a cash donation to GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND. I do hope that this does not offend anyone. Bill and Lyn Sutherland

  3. Dave Dickson

    Sad to hear about Dusty Young’s passing met him early on in my career in Tidworth condolences to his family at this saddest of times
    Dave & Janet Dickson

  4. Anne McMillan

    Our great friend Jeff Duncan with whom we organised, all of the Save the Scottish Regiments Marches and also all the YES Marches and Rallies died earlier this year, following a short battle with a very aggressive Cancer. Jeff was the leading light, engineer and driver of all these Marches and Rallies and will be sadly missed by many.



    TIME – 12 NOON TO 3PM 11th November 2017



    If you need further information don’t hesitate to contact us

    Allan Hendry & Anne McMillan

    Allan – Mobile 07733 228547

    Anne – Mobile 07488 275428

    The service will be led by Alex Salmond.

    1. Jimmy Springthorpe

      If anyone is attending Jeff Duncan’s memorial service could you please inform the Regimental Office.
      Thank you,

  5. Tom Logan

    It is our sad duty to inform you all of the passing of DAVID (DUSTY) YOUNG who served in the Battalion from 1964 – 1989, Dusty was a Company clark and then moved later moved to the Orderly Rooms. No further information is available at this time, but will be posted once notified. RIP

    1. Bill Sutherland

      RIP Dusty YOUNG…… Can visualise him sitting at his desk in the Orderly Room in Munster puffing on a De Maurier cigarette,,,,,,, Sadly missed.

    2. Tom Logan


      The funeral of the late David (Dusty) Young, will take place on Tuesday 31st October at 1300hrs.
      The service will take place at Livingstone Crematorium.

      The family have asked if any of his Army friends have any stories about Dusty in his Army days……… If you have any can you email

    3. Admin

      Condolences to the family and friends of the late David (Dusty) Young from all the Regimental family and the Regimental Office. RIP

  6. Bill Sutherland

    Heard that Dusty YOUNG (Ext Cpl – 1RS Orderly Room) died last Friday. Anyone have any info? Bill

  7. Kevin (Hegs) Heggie

    Hi All,

    This years Whitburn Remembrance Parade & Service will be held on Sunday 12th November 2017. All Serving, veterans or members of the public from Whitburn and surrounding areas are more than welcome to join us to remember our fallen. The Parade will muster at 10.15am and march off at 10.30am up to the War Memorial where there will be a short service and Wreath laying. Following this short service, the main Remembrance service will be held across the road in the Whitburn South Parish Church which will be led by Rev Dr Angus Kerr ex KOSB Padre. There will then be a return parade down to Whitburn Masonic for hot snacks and refreshments. Their will be a Mini Bus for any person with walking difficulties.

  8. Tom Logan

    Opening Ceremony Garden of Remembrance at the Scott Monument, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh on Monday 30th October 2017.

    Royal Scots attending should arrive between 10:30 am and 10:40 am and take up position within the public viewing area.

    The service will commence at 11:00 am at the Garden of Remembrance and wreaths will be laid by the Lord Provost’s Party during the service.

  9. Secret Squirrel69

    Just an observation here but is there any particular reason why only a few website followers comment on past events etc.
    Seems that we have an excellent P.O.C. yet Social Media has taken over from our main Website.
    The Fantastic Job Brother Royal Scots(THE ROYAL REGIMENT) Jim Anderson does is superb and he gives great time and consideration to the Task in Hand,yet no one seems to give in regular volume to this fantastic I would say 1st r Central Hub for events,goings on and Bereavements not noted by those receiving on Social Media.albeit other Office Bearers from Jimmy Springthorpe down to our hard working office team to duplicate on Social Media.
    Perhaps a regular post on Social Media to simply say Check out Your Website forthcoming events The 1st Battalion The Royal Scots(THE ROYAL REGIMENT) Association for your diary updates.
    Constructive advice here I hope you will appreciate as feedback dne at events yet not so well reported to this facility as I would have respected worthy of The A Team’s Hard work and Voluntary dedication.Good to give as well as receive and let’s everyone know what is going on in and around The Various Communities where The Extended Regimental Family Work and Live.
    Many Thanks To Jimmy and his Team at The Regimental Office at
    Up The Royals
    Let’s Stay as One Gallant 1st To Follow and Last To Forsake.
    Lest We Forget as Remembrence Comes Round our losses increased as days go by.
    Slanj The Secret Squirrel69

  10. Tom Logan

    Next East of Scotland Branch Meeting
    Saturday 21st Oct, 1930 hrs at the British Legion Prestonpans

  11. Tom Logan

    Just a small reminder the next Quarterly meeting of the General Committee will take place on Sunday 5th November, 1100 hrs at the Royal Scots Club.

  12. Tom Logan


    Royal Scots Regimental Association Annual General Meeting 2017 has now been postponed until Friday 19th January 2018, starting 1930hrs. at the Royal Scots Club.

    This enables us to produce a full report on the financial position of the Association Accounts which also falls in sequence with the end and start of the financial year.

    We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

  13. Jim Anderson

    From Ann-Marie Corkerton

    I would like to request all of the non-Remembrance Event submissions be sent to me before things start getting busy with Remembrance Weekend Events which are quickly approaching. I hope to receive a lot of submissions from this weekend but I would also like to receive lots of stories and articles about what the Royal Scots Regimental Family have been up to since our Summer 2017 edition.

    The Thistle editions have been receiving wonderful feedback recently and that is entirely up to the submissions the Regimental family have been sharing with us, so please contact us, share your story and photos because we would love to hear from you.

    The deadline for the Winter 2017 edition is Friday, 1st December 2017. We hope this will ensure we can go to print before the Christmas Holiday season.

    Thank you again for all of our assistance.

    Ann-Marie Corkerton


    Anyone who has not responded and wants to attend the reunion needs to get in touch with me this week so that numbers can be finalised.

  15. Jim Anderson

    The Association Annual General Meeting will be held on FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER.

    Location The Royal Scots Club, Abercromby Place, Edinburgh

    Time 1930hrs sharp

    A buffet will be served after the meeting courtsey of the Royal Scots Club.
    Full attendance at this meeting would be most appreciated

  16. Tom Logan

    Title: ‘Captain Henry Reynolds VC, MC who commanded A Company of the 12th Battalion , The Royal Scots on 20 September 1917 – a commemoration of his life and the actions which lead to the award of his VC on that day.’

    ‘Twenty five members of our association from north and south of the border took part in this one hundredth anniversary year commemoration in the lovely Northamptonshire village of Whilton at the invitation of Mrs Anthea Hiscock and her local committee. Most of us enjoyed supper in a local pub the evening before piped in by Matt Hoggan, our piper, after a much needed church rehearsal. Many had suffered horrific travel delays caused by the current nation wide security situation plus road closures and did well to reach Whilton.

    The following morning on 20 September 2017, we assembled about half of a mile from Whilton and marched to St Andrew’s Church headed by our piper, Matt Hoggan, and our Association Colour party (Tom Logan and Willie Hoy). Tam Douglas gave out the commands, kept the step and organised the villagers who turned out in large numbers to honour their local hero into a marching column. We halted near the church. A welcoming speech followed and then Mr David Lang, the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, unveiled a memorial stone to Captain Henry Reynolds who one hundred years ago was serving in our 12th Battalion commanding A Company. As is described later this memorial commemorates his outstanding acts of gallantry on that day which lead to this award. Lieutenant Colonel Tom Perkins, who was commissioned into The Royal Scots and continues his career in The Royal Regiment of Scotland, then laid a poppy wreath against the stone to commemorate the lives of the 11,213 Royal Scots who lost their lives in World War One and also to symbolise the golden thread of history from our regiment onward into the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

    Association members made their way into the church, occupied the choir stalls and the colour party slow marched our colours up to the altar during the processional hymn accompanied by the local policeman who doubles as the organist. The vicar, Canon David Painter, conducted the service; two local children described Henry’s early life and two members of the local history society recounted how he won his MC. Colonel Finlay Maclean gave an outline of the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917 and the part played by the 12th Battalion. Lieutenant Colonel John Charteris read out the VC citation. The Vice Chairman of Combat Stress described Henry Reynolds’ post war work on behalf of the Ex-Services Welfare Society and how he helped so many men suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, a terrifying condition not fully understood back then. The Bishop of Peterborough gave the sermon referring to Henry Reynolds’ work in helping fellow soldiers less fortunate than himself beset by mental breakdown. Stewart Colquhoun spoke the Regimental Collect from memory and without hesitation. During the singing of both verses of the National Anthem the Association colours were dipped, raised and then slow marched out of the church to the playing by Matt Hoggan of ‘The Dark Island’. We then had a series of group photographs beside Captain Henry Renyolds’ memorial VC stone. Our whole party included those already named together with Colonel Edward (organiser) and Janet Cowan, Captain Lance Taylor (local committee member), Colonel James and Joanna Finlay, Caroline Maclean, Antoinette Charteris, Lieutenant Colonel Colin Caverhill and Olivia Grove, Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Rae (who has regimental responsibility for events of this kind), Tam Millar (Vice Chairman of the Association’s Southern Branch), Alex Moore, Davy McKendrick, Harry Wright, Tam Fisher (who was our early contact with Whilton), George Gilchrist and Andy Kyle (who drove the Edinburgh contingent’s mini bus to Whilton and back again).

    Finally we enjoyed lunch as guests of Whilton Village in their local garden centre built on the site of Henry Reynold’s birth place. Edward Cowan thanked the village of Whilton , the organising committee and Anthea Hiscock in particular for their hospitality, invited them to visit our museum to see Henry Reynolds’ medals and to consider staying in our club created as a memorial to Royal Scots who fell in World War One.Tam Douglas presented Anthea Hiscock with the three parts of the Regimental history as written by the late Lieutenant Colonel Robert Patterson and in return she presented him with her biography of Henry Reynolds which will be retained in our museum library.

    In summary this was a most enjoyable and moving event in commemoration of Henry Reynolds and his outstanding gallantry. All Association members who took part deserve congratulations for their support and making the effort to attend.

    Edward Cowan.

    1. James Valentine

      F a o All
      Well done gentlemen one and all for your respectful attendance at the memorial and a big well done to Edward for the work he done to get this to happen.
      James Valentine.

    2. The Secret Squirrel69

      With earliest convenience and own down time affording me,I would like to Thank all at Whilton on The Locks who made our representation among other contigents such a marvelous memory to cherish among the privilege to recite The Regimental Collect.To Edward and Janet Cowan for their great company and conversation at the table after mingling with other guests at The Garden Centre.The Staff prepared the venue plendidly with a self created Poppy Arch and was very well cnducted in Service of The Meal.Some sincere speeches were received and returned and was glad to present Harry’s great great great grandson with a gold guilded former Royal Scots Lapel badge.
      Marvelous Day and great Craic with The Team attending conveyed by Andy Kyle to a great Accommodation at The Watford Gap Sunshine Inn and later for Supper after rehearsal in The Sareheid Inn.
      Look forward to visits up the road by all who travel to see Henry’s(Harry) Reynolds medals and memorials at both The Museum and The Ryal Scots(THE ROYAL REGIMENT) Museum as opportunity affords me.Thank you for the privilege on behalf of The Regimental Family and Edward Cowan fr his selection of The Secret Squirrel69 t deliver The Regimental Collect.

      Sincerely In Honour and Virtue Humbled again.
      Stu Colquhoun69

  17. Tom Logan


    Myself and George Gaff who runs Rothiemurchus Lodge at Avimore, are hoping to organize a weekend away sometime during next year once we have finalised a suitable date.

    George can accommodate up to 70 personnel, and lay on the following events over the weekend:- Sailing, Zip wire, Gorge Walking, Clay Pigeon, Quad Biking, Go Cart, Mounting Biking, Paddle Boarding, Fishing and Golfing.

    This weekend will go ahead if we can get enough support from the Regimental family,

    Cost £32 p/p for 2 nights, Extra £6 if you require bedding or you can bring your own.


    Just a reminder that anyone wishing to attend the reunion on 28 October needs to get me their return and cheque by the end of this month. To date their are only 6 returns!

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