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  1. Sadly we have report the death this morning of Ian Lusty. Ian passed away in the Western General Hospital.
    Ian was a CSgt in 1RS at the end of his service. We will publish funeral details when known.

    1. Our thoughts with the Lusty family at the passing of Ian our heartfelt condolences with Ann,Natasha and the Lusty family RIP Ian
      Dave & Janet Dickson

    2. Sorry to here that Ian Lusty has passed away,I remember
      him well from my time with the Bn.
      My thoughts are with his family at this moment.
      RIP mate.
      Alex Moore
      Southern Branch.


    East Lothian Council is joining local authorities across the county to show support for our Armed Forces by flying a special flag in celebration of national Armed Forces Day.

    A short ceremony to mark the flag raising will be held at 1030am on Monday 24th June at the Town House, Haddington.

    Local armed forces veterans who would like to come along for morning tea and coffee after the ceremony are welcome to attend.
    Please register your attendance with me

  3. From Lt Col Gordon Rae


    A date for your diary if you are available.

    The Rev Riddell of St Michael’s Parish Church is holding a rededication of the Linlithgow War Memorial on Sunday 16 Jun. He has agreed to include in the service a Commemoration to the 2/10th Bn The Royal Scots who returned from Archangel in Russia in 1919. During the service, Gen Strudwick CBE will lay a wreath at the War Memorial and at the same time Maj Johnston will lay a wreath at the Memorial to the 10th Bn The Royal Scots; both memorials are inside the church.

    The details of the service are as shown below:

    Venue: St Michael’s Parish Church, Kirkgate, Linlithgow EH49 7AL which is next to Linlithgow Palace.

    Timings: RV outside the church, seated by 1045/1050 hours, service commences at 1100 hours, service concludes 1200 hours.

    Dress: Glengarry, medals, Regimental tie, trews optional.

    Parking: Parking in Linlithgow is tight but there is a car park close to the church, one on Water Yett, one at St Ninian’s Way and one behind the Tesco Metro; first come etc.

    To find out more about the 2/10 Battalion see

  4. Linlithgow Marches 18 June 2019.

    Further to that already posted the following has been provided by Jim Blythe who was instrumental in the planning of this important event in the History of our Regiment.

    RS and SCOTS Golden Thread involvement in the Linlithgow Marches on 18th June celebrates the return of the 2nd/10th (Linlithgowshire Volunteers) Battalion The Royal Scots from northern Russia with the battle honour Archangel and a captured Bolshevik gun. The Archangel Gun was initially on public display in Linlithgow before being moved to the then Royal Scots Depot at Glencorse where it remains. Whereas the Great War had drawn to a close in November 1918, 2/10 RS did not return until June 2019 at the time of the Marches that year. As a “second line” battalion normally engaged in home defence and reinforcing its “first line” battalion, 2/10 RS has a rare distinction in that it was one of very few second line battalions to win a battle honour.
    During the week of this year’s Marches, there will be a joint RS/SCOTS/Linlithgow exhibition in the town museum; and on Sunday 16th June the recently restored 2/10 RS memorial is due to be rededicated in St Michael’s Church by the Palace.
    Although this will be the first occasion on which SCOTS will have exercised their West Lothian Freedom Privileges by marching through Linlithgow with bayonets fixed, drums beating and Colours flying, RS was granted the Freedom of the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow in 1960 and exercised the privileges since.
    Our very own Major General Bob Bruce CBE DSO will take the salute at the Well Cross along with the Lord Lieutenant of West Lothian and other Linlithgow and West Lothian dignitaries. The parade RSM is WO1 (RSM) Stirling who likewise joined as a Royal Scot.
    There has been considerable media interest in this event ever since the launch of The Royal Scots Virtual Museum WW1 Roll of Honour (see

  5. So sorry to hear of the passing of Sneds Stewart Sneddon in Poland a character and friend one of the best funny professional our thoughts with all of his family at a time where the regimental Family has lost Gerry McMurtrie and Robert Simpson a hard Month for both families and the regimental family RIP brothers thoughts with all families

    Dave & Janet Dickson

    1. Glad everything went well today as I had planned to be there once again,but I am off to Norway to see friends.
      It will be nice for me as it will remind me of our time in Tidworth when
      the Regiment came under the AMFL role and the times we spent in Norway,great memories and laughs of the Regt learning too ski even though I was in the MT Section and driving the Volvo snow vehicles the Bn worked hard every time we went there!
      Great country,lovely people!
      To the lads that know me ,all the best.
      Alex Moore
      Southern Branch.


    The Royal Regiment of Scotland were invited to exercise their existing freedom privilege of West Lothian by taking part in the Riding of The Marches annual march.

    The first freedom parade took place on 28 May 11 and was accepted by 1 SCOTS.

    The parade will be made up from 1, 2 and 6 SCOTS, 1RS Association personnel and will include 2 bands.

    The timings are as follows:

    0900hrs Troops start to arrive at the Low Port Centre Linlithgow.

    1045hrs Formed up ready to step off under RSM Stirling.

    1100hrs March past and salute at the Burgh Halls – Cross.

    1135hrs Marching troops halt at the Scouts Hall whilst speeches are conducted at Linlithgow Bridge. All marching troops and Band remain there, there are toilets.

    1230hrs Step off to march back to the Low Port Centre.

    1300hrs Sandwich and a pint.

    1500hrs Reception finishes.

    A point to consider is could will be little to no parking at the Low Port Centre. I would park elsewhere (Local Supermarket) and walk down.

  7. Gretna Parade and Memorial Service at Rosebank Cemetery Leith – Sat 25th May.
    Delighted that Brigadier Iain Johnstone will be on parade with us this year and that John Grosvenor is trekking up from down south.
    Full details of the parade can be seen in Latest News on the right of this page.


    East of Scotland Branch sends their deepest condolences to the families of
    Archie Faulkner
    Gerry McMurtrie
    Robert Simpson
    Stewart Sneddon

    All our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this sad and Difficult Time.
    Until the reorg RIP

    1. Archie Faulkner McPhee
      Funeral arrangements
      Monday the 27th at 12:00 at St Nicholas church
      34 west main street
      Broxburn EH52 5RJ
      followed by the cemetery.

      The wake will be held at the uphall golf club EH52 6JT

  9. Death of Sir Robert Sanders.

    Robert Sanders was commission into the Royal Scots in 1943, serving in India and Malaya, leaving the army in 1946. He became a diplomat in Fiji where he spent most of his working life becoming the close adviser of Fiji’s Prime Minister, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.
    Sir Robert was born in 1925 and as educated at Fettes. He retied to Crieff, Perthshire where he died on 8 May 2019.

  10. Stewart (Sneds) Sneddon.
    Stewart died doing what he loved best. He was golfing on Sat 18th May when he collapsed on the course.
    Medical assistance was on hand within minutes however he could not be saved. It is thought likely, (but yet to be confirmed) that the cause was a heart attack.
    It is not yet known if a funeral will take place in Poland or if he will be repatriated to Scotland.
    We will post the information when known.

  11. What devastating news to hear of the passing of Stewart Snedden (Sneds) a brilliant PSI for Bathgate Pl, such a character and a true comrade to all that knew him. Our condolences to all of Sneds family and friends.

  12. The Edinburgh Branch Association would like send their condolences to the family’s of Gerry McMurtrie / Rab Simpson and Stewart Sneddon who have all passed away this month such a great loss gone but not forgoten.

  13. I am very sorry indeed to hear the sad news of the passing, in recent days, of Rab Simpson, Gerry McMurtrie and Stewart Snedden. Three great men.

  14. Devastated to hear of the passing of Robert (Rab) Simpson. I’m proud to have known and served with such a true gentleman and stalwart Royal. My condolences to all of Roberts family and friends. RIP Robert

    1. So saddened to learn of the passing of Stewart Snedden (Sneds). Such a brilliant character and true stalwart Royal. My condolences to all of Sneds family and friends. RIP Stewart

  15. So sad to hear the passing of Stewart Snedden , ex WO2 (CSM) 1RS. Devastating news. Thoughts and condolences to the family and his friends at this very sad time. RIP Sneds my friend. Bill Sutherland.

    A huge number of condolence messages on Facebook paying tribute to this “legend”……. a “TRUE ROYAL”

  16. From Stuart Simpson

    It is with profound and heavy heart that I write to inform the Regimental Family that my father – Robert (Rab) Simpson passed away peacefully late last night (16 May 19).
    He is at peace now.

    1. RIP Robert (RAB) Simpson fond memories of Rab in Munster, condolenses to Stu and family at this sad time. Cliff Mason

    2. RIP Rab fond memories of times gone by, condolences to all the family at this sad time.
      Buzz &Stephanie.

  17. Due to other commitments the next East of Scotland Branch Meeting will now be on Saturday 1st of June
    British Legion Prestonpans

  18. The funeral for Gerry McMurtrie will be held at 1pm on Tuesday 21st of May at Greenock crematorium, then on to the Tontine hotel in Greenock.

    I wonder if it’s possible to ask any of the ex pipe band members If they have a copy of the LP my dad played on back in the day. We’d love to track down a copy to either buy, or take a copy from if you could help in any way?

    Warm regards,

    Yvonne + Gerry Jnr

  19. Does anyone know where I can purchase a Staff Badge and Glengarry.

    1. Try E bay picked up one there not the Silver one but a good version

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