1. Jimmy Penman–A true gentleman and a good mentor.
    Last time I saw Jimmy was at a Bn Ex at Sennelager where benefitted from his skills as a great CQMS/RQMS.
    RIP Jimmy.
    Steve Kelly Pipes and drums

  2. Sorry Andrew to hear about your father.
    He was my CSM in Osnabruck and as a Warrant Officer I found
    him to be firm and fare when on one occasion while I was in the MT
    he fought my case on a disciplinary that he did not agree with.We had a lot
    of good Warrant Officers and Senior NCOs in the Bn at the time but I remember him as a top bloke.
    My condolences too you and the family.
    RIP Jimmy

  3. It is with a deep sadness that I share the sudden death of my father James Penman (Penicuik) WO2, aged 82 years, who served in the 1st Battalion The Royal Scots for 34 years, on Saturday 1st December, He spent time at 2/52 Lowland (1970-72) at East Claremont Street, Edinburgh, and latterly served at ACIO Rutland Square, Edinburgh as RQMS from 1974 to c1988.

    I will advise of the funeral arrangements.

    Andrew Penman (son)

    1. Sincere Condolences To you and The Family Andrew.Another Royal Scots Bro gone to The Battalions GBNF to command under The CO above.

      In Deepest Sympathy
      The Secret Squirrel69
      Stu Colquhoun

  4. Just to let yous all know that I received a call from Tam Buchannon earlier today informing me that he’s in the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh.

    Tam was found at the bottom of stairs by cleaners at his sheltered accommodation, he has sustained some injuries, but never told me the extent of his injuries.

    He will be in the Royal for a few days to get accessed. It wold be great if anyone is in the passing to pop in and see him, Ward 207.
    I’m going to see him tomorrow night, will keep you posted.

  5. Earliest Convenience and Thanks To Jamie Colquhoun,George Higgins,Alexis Lexi Gilmartin,Ian Fair and The set up team,staff at The RavelstonHotel St Andrew’s Nicht,entertainment,Catering and Company of weel Kent Faces. Our Auldest distinguished Veteran Civilian Royal Scots Bro George Ormiston in the capable hands of his Daughter Christine Kelly.
    Armed with his new Black Ball Regimentalised malaca walking stick,pleasure to present him with it on the night.
    A few sair heid’s in The morning.

    U.T.R.Legend St Andrew’s Day attendees.
    The Secret Squirrel69.

  6. Tidying up some old papers, I discovered a news clipping I thought I’d like to leave notice of here regarding an act of bravery carried out by my late uncle, John (Jack) Manson, a Royal Scots Corporal. I remember him well from our many family holidays in th 1960s and 70s.

    Reports in some Edinburgh papers describe how, with his men pinned down by machine gun fire on the banks of the Irrawaddy, he ran at the gun position and disabled it. From it he recovered a Japanese officer’s sword which he later presented to the American Major General George E Stratemeyer, in the presence of troops of the British Second Division. The sword was a gift from “all Allied land forces in Burma to mark their appreciation of the air support given by American units in the Mandalay and Meiktila operations.”

  7. Deepest condolences to Stevie Walkers family at this difficult time , the man was a true gentleman who led by example, and an outstanding man manager, A leader in the world of Anti Tank, who passed on his wealth of knowledge to all budding Det and Section commanders, gone far too soon, RIP Stevie.

  8. Regimental Office News – Christmas Leave

    Please note that the Regimental Office will be closed for Christmas Leave AD 20th December 2018 and will reopen FP 7th January 2019.

    Please note that as from 22nd November 2018 Heather will be working from home before starting Maternity Leave in February 2019. Emails will still be actioned, however the phone will not be manned on a Friday.

  9. So sorry to hear of the passing of my good friend Willie (Bill) TURNER, formerly 1RS (Battalion Clerk) and RLC, retiring in the rank of WO1. Thoughts with son David, daughter Vicky and their families at this very difficult and sad time. RIP Willie my friend.

    Bill and Lyn Sutherland

  10. On behave of Vicky & David Turner, it is with great sadness to inform our Regimental family of the passing of William (Bill/Willie)Turner. William passed away on Saturday, 17th of November after a short illness. William’s service will be held on Monday, 26th of November at 13:45 at Daldowie Crematorium, Glasgow, G71 7RU. and hopefully back to the Tudor Hotel, Airdie, ML6 0BA for tea and coffee.

    Family flowers only, but there will be a collection for Marie Curie and Cancer Research.

  11. The Edinburgh Branch are sorry to hear of the passing of Stevie Walker and would like to pass on their condolances to Carol and family at this sad time.

  12. So sorry to hear of the passing of Steven (Stevie) WALKER. Thoughts with Carol and family at this very sad and difficult time. Bill and Lyn Sutherland. RIP Stevie. UP THE ROYALS

  13. It is with heavy heart whilst humbly privileged to advise The Regimental Family of the passing of Former WOII Stevie Walker,HQ Coy CSM Colchester where he took up his 2nd career with M.O.D. Police I believe.Carol has asked me to put up this intimation and also on Royal Scots(THE ROYAL REGIMENT) pages to help let all know at this sad time.Stevie passed away this morning with his wife and family by his side after recent illness.R.I.P.Sir until the Grandeozo Re-Org Legend racing snake.

  14. My Grandfather, James Aitken Tait (4th RS) fought in Gallipoli, Palestine, and France. I have an photo album of his time in Palestine and some photos of his company before being shipped (Territorial). I am trying to find out if there is a place where I can send copy of these photos, as they have not been seen outside of our family for 100 years. Also trying to find and a cap emblem for a shadow box memorial I am doing for him. We have lost all his medals (3), except one, but I was able to buy mini copies of those medals on my visit to Edinburgh earlier this year.

  15. Maxi (Maxi) MacDonald

    I am enquiring if anyone has a such a thing as a spare RS staff cap badge or one they would like to sell on to me, mine was removed on Sunday from Newtownards RBL without my consent, if you should happen to have one or even know where to get one please contact me it is very much appreciated
    many thanks

    1. Hi Maxi,
      Have a Scrolled Royal Regiment RS Capbadge Lothian Batttalion left,Also a gold gilded one similar to 2nd Battalion in looks,both Gun metal and Soldier’s Capbadges.I sell at what I go t them for A tenner on E-Bay. + P&P MUCKER.
      Hopefully someone comes forward with a similar replacement,if not offer from these twae 1st refusal Bro S.M.I.B
      Fraternally Yours
      The Secret Squirrel69 unsalaried Veteran Civilian Champion and Almoner.
      07434580434 moby,01592 358170 ;Landline.

  16. Following the Service at The Memorial Garden at Glencorse on Sat, approx 50 of those who attended enjoyed a curry lunch in the WO’s and Sgts Mess of 2 SCOTS.
    The lunch was funded by the caterers ARAMARK to who we are most grateful. Those attending were asked to make a donation for RS Benevolence and £206.05 was donated.
    Thank you all.

  17. Good Morning All;

    Very many thanks to all those who were involved in organising, and those who turned out to attend, commemorative services, wreath laying events, parades and marches across the land this last weekend. In this the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) were well represented at Local, Regional, Scottish and UK National events. The Thistle Team look forward to receiving your photographs of this representation, so that we can create an appropriate record of the 2018 events.

    Yours Aye


    Chairman of Trustees and President of The Association

  18. Scotty Sigs Pl is in a bad way in intensive care on life support he has pneumonia doctors prognosis is not looking good.

  19. In your battalions list there is I believe a serious omission in that the 15th recruited in Manchester and were known as ‘The Manchester Scottish’?

    1. Thank you for the information however after a bit of research.

      15th (1st Edinburgh) Battalion The Royal Scots was raised in September 1914 by the Lord Provost and City with half the men being recruited in Edinburgh and half in Manchester, for this reason The Battalion is sometimes known as the Manchester Scottish. After initial training close to home, they moved to Troon in March 1915 then in June they joined 101st Brigade, 34th Division at Ripon. They moved to Sutton Veny for final training in September and proceeded to France, landing at Le Havre on the 8th of January 1916. 34th Division concentrated at La Crosse, east of St Omer. They were in action during the Battles of the Somme, including the capture of Scots and Sausage Redoubts, The Battles of Bazentin Ridge and Pozieres Ridge. In 1917 they fought in the The First and Second Battles of the Scarpe and the The Battle of Arleux during the Arras Offensive. In August they were involved in the fighting at Hargicourt and in October they took part in The Third Battles of Ypres at the Broenbeek. In 1918 they were in action in The Battle of St Quentin and then moved to Flanders seeing action in The Battle of Estaires, The Battle of Bailleul and The First Battle for Kemmel Ridge during the Battles of the Lys, suffering heavy losses. The 34th Division was then withdrawn from fighting and on the 21st of April they moved to the area west of Poperinge for reorganisation and was engaged in digging a new defensive line between Abeele and Watou. On the 13th of May the infantry units moved to the area around Lumbres and reduced to a cadre which was then employed in the training of newly arrived American troops. The 15th Royal Scots transferred to 39th Divison at Wolphus on the 17th of May. The battalion was disbanded in France on the 14th of August 1918.

  20. Dear All,

    Can I ask you please to ensure that the various Remembrance events you are involved in this weekend are photographed.

    I would particularly like photographs of the wreaths being laid.

    It is important that we get this right and leave a lasting record of what we did to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice.

    If you have someone with a “proper” camera, great, but mobile phones (on silent mode) will do.

    Please send your photos to:

    And dont forget to add names/captions.

    Many thanks,


    1. Hello
      I am hoping you can help me work out how my great uncle James Coffer died on 28th March 1917. I am having difficulty identifying a battle on that particular day so wonder if it was from wounds from an earlier battle. I plan to visit his grave next year.

      Many thanks

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