This was a major blow, not least in terms of man-management; Sgt Elder had forfeited his career with RSDG; the Regiment, anticipating the recognition of its undeniable “Scottish ness” felt frustrated. [32], The band released a new CD in late November 2007 through Universal Music, featuring a number of classic pipe tunes along with some modern arrangements and was recorded while the regiment was based in Iraq. Regimental flag of the SCOTS. The regiment, through the Royal Scots Greys, is the oldest surviving Cavalry Regiment of the Line in the British Army. The 52nd Lowland Regiment also maintained a Pipes and Drums, which from 2002 was under the direction of Pipe Major Gordon Walker, who was formerly a regular piper in the Royal Highland Fusiliers and an instructor at both the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland … 75 talking about this. It consists of four regular and two reserve battalions, plus an incremental company, each formerly an individual regiment (with the exception of the first battalion, which is an amalgamation of two regiments). And here taking part in our final Fourth Seventh reunion Drum Head Service at Arras in May 2010 thirty seven years after the founding of the Pipes and Drums. The Pipes and Drums led by Pipe Major Harden BEM played at the 4/7th Reunion in April 1985. [5] In 1998, it became the first regiment in the British Army to operate the Challenger 2 main battle tank. This is not the end of the story. 3 SCOTS Pipes and Drums are working hard in preparation for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and are ready to put on a spectacular show for the thousands of fans. The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys) is a cavalry regiment of the British Army, and the senior Scottish regiment. At present, the pipes and drums of the current Royal Regiment of Scotland and the RMR have maintained their historical alliance alongside the larger regiment. The Royal Regiment of Scotland is the senior and only Scottish line infantry regiment of the British Army Infantry.It consists of four regular and two reserve battalions, plus an incremental company, each formerly an individual regiment (with the exception of the first battalion, which is an amalgamation of two regiments). By 1979 the Pipes and Drums were, according to the Army’s Director of Bagpipe Music, (Capt Pitkeathly) making very good progress towards the goals set in May 1973. It was the first official organized pipes and drums in the history of the regiment. Pipe Major Elder leads the 4 RTR Pipes and Drums as they march through Arras. Music is an essential part of Regimental life and dress is an important part of the military musician. 1.8K likes. His voice was raised in Scotland in total opposition to a relatively young Sassenach regiment attempting to adopt Scottish traditions. Here GOC Scotland, Lieutenant General Scott-Barrett presents the Sands Skean Dhu to Piper Davidson. [20], The cap badge features an eagle, which represents the French Imperial Eagle that was captured by Sergeant Charles Ewart of the Royal Scots Greys from the French 45th Regiment of Foot at the Battle of Waterloo. [6] It deployed to Kosovo, as part of KFOR, in 2000. It consists of five regular and two territorial battalions, each formerly an individual regiment (with the exception of the first battalion, which is a merger of two regiments). This was a direct result of an Army Board Directive in 1957 that all recruiting for 4 RTR should be from Scotland. However, each battalion maintains its former regimental pipes and drums to carry on the traditions of their antecedent regiments. [19], The regiment's official abbreviation (as listed in Joint Service Publication 101 (Service Writing)) is SCOTS DG (note all capitals and the space), the format of which follows the traditional Cavalry line. On 8 September 1973 Pipe Sergeant Elder, dressed as a Piper of Clan Rose, played “Amazing Grace” on parade when the Rhine Staff Band Beat Retreat during the 4th/7th Reunion. Discover releases, reviews, track listings, recommendations, and more about 8th (Lothians And Peeblesshire) Batallion, The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)* - The Pipes And Drums at Discogs. At our “Last Hurrah” veterans Keegan and Finlay ensure that Piper Douglas doesn’t dry up. [28], As of 2018 the Squadron has also begun to provide mounted support for other Edinburgh ceremonies, such as the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches. The Royal Regiment of Scotland is actively recruiting across Scotland now! Dressed as a piper of Clan Rose he delighted the Regiment by his playing at mess nights etc. The regiment is currently based at Leuchars Station, as part of the Scottish 51st Infantry Brigade. The cap badge also has the crossed carbines of the 3rd Carabiniers at the rear of the eagle. At our “Last Hurrah” veterans Keegan and Finlay ensure that Piper Douglas doesn’t dry up. 1974–1977: Lt.-Col. Stephen R. A. Stopford, 1991–1993: Lt.-Col. Nicholas D. A. Seymour, 2011–2013: Lt.-Col. Jonathan G. E. Bartholomew, 2013–2016: Lt.-Col. Benjamin J. Cattermole, 2016–2018: Lt.-Col. Dominic C. D. Coombes, 2018–present: Lt.-Col. J. Fraser S. McLeman, 2 July 1971 – present: HM Queen Elizabeth II, 2003–present: Brig. Major Gordon Gray, OC ‘G’ Squadron, applied his specialist skills to devising a regimental uniform for the steady trickle of pipers and drummers. The Scottish manifestations continued to please the Regiment. The right to wear this badge was granted to the 3rd Dragoon Guards in 1765, subsequently became the cap badge and later, with the crossed carabines, formed the badge of the 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales's). In 1987 the Pipes and Drums played at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance in the Albert Hall in London and were seen by some 23 national Television audiences around the World. The Pipes and Drums, now a highly valued part of the First Royal Tank Regiment are a poignant reminder of the Fourth and Seventh, no longer part of the Order of Battle. It is now equipped with Jackal armoured fighting vehicles. As there was no apparent opposition that next more ambitious step was taken. It was a remake of their most popular song "Amazing Grace" and featured the Czech Film Orchestra. Relocation of 1 SCOTS Pipes and Drums On 16 March 2020 in a bid to rejuvenate, 1 SCOTS Pipes and Drums relocated to Balaklava Company in Redford Barracks, Edinburgh. Despite the Fourth’s caution, the GOC Scotland heard about both the tartan and the Elder transfer. This action was thereafter formally authorised by Lord Lyon of Scotland. The Royal Regiment of Scotland is the most senior and only Scottish line infantry regiment forming a core part of the British Army. The Pipes and Drums also played at The Edinburgh Tattoo within five years and were recognised by the Army Board within six. 178 were here. The regiment was known from then on as The 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment or Royal Highlanders. The Regiment declined to abandon the initiative. Complete your The Regimental Band And Pipes And Drums Of The Black Watch - Royal Highland Regiment* collection. The question of dress was for the moment left to one side and thus the direct order from RTR RHQ was not ignored. It was decided to seek to recruit a pipe sergeant with a view to creating a Regimental Pipes and Drums. [27], In 2015, the Regiment introduced a small mounted unit named the "Waterloo Squadron". On evenings when a military band is present, besides playing "The Queen' the band also play "God Bless the Prince of Wales", an old 3rd Dragoon Guards custom, and the "Imperial Russian Anthem" in memory of Tsar Nicholas II, the Colonel-in-Chief of the Scots Greys, killed with his family during the Russian Civil War (1918). History. The Pipes and Drums with the RTR Staff Bands on Horse Guards as the Royal Tank Regiment celebrates the distinction, obtained by Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery, of Parading at the Cenotaph and marching along the Mall and Whitehall every year on the Sunday after Armistice Sunday. [24], As a royal regiment, the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards is permitted to wear the Royal Stewart tartan, which was a privilege granted by HM King George VI, and is worn by the regiment's pipers. The First appearance of the Pipes and Drums in kilted dress, Catterick 1974. 1978 Colonel Mike Rose ‘at one with the Pipes and Drums’ as he celebrated his 20th year in the Regiment with a lunch (clearly a good one) in the Officers Mess. The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiners and Greys) inherited all of its antecedent Regiments' battle honours when it was formed in 1971. [35][36], The regiment inherited the Royal Scots Greys' military band after amalgamation, but it was stood down in 1995 due to government budget cuts.[37]. [26] The regiment also has a mounted Drum Major who wears a distinctive white bearskin – a gift to the regiment from Tsar Nicholas during his time as Colonel of the Regiment. [7], The regiment deployed to Iraq for Operation Telic, the British element of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Welcome to the official page of The Highlanders (4 SCOTS) Pipes & Drums. The Royal Regiment of Scotland is actively recruiting across Scotland now! [31] The track was also featured in the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. [22], The Plume of The Prince of Wales with its motto "Ich Dien" is worn by all members of the Regiment embroidered on the upper part of the left sleeve. The Commanding Officers’s formal instructions included two major milestone targets – the Pipes and Drums were to be ready to play formally in front of the Regiment within eighteen months and to be ready to play for our Colonel in Chief within four years. [17], The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards is broken into the following structure:[18], The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum is situated at Edinburgh Castle. On 22 January 1972 the Commanding Officer, Lt Col L.A.W.New, approached Elizabeth Rose, a family friend, the 25th Head of Clan Rose of Kilravock whose family seat was Kilravock Castle near Inverness. Central front row, Pipe Major Hunter, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Gilchrist, Major General Sir Laurence New and Major David Eccles. Opened in 2006, the exhibits include uniforms, medals, weapons, regalia, music and the French Imperial Eagle that was captured by Sergeant Charles Ewart of the Royal Scots Greys from the French 45th Régiment d'Infanterie de Ligne at the Battle of Waterloo. [25], The Loyal Toast is drunk at formal dinners in the Mess and is always drunk seated, except when Royalty is present. ). [14] The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards is paired with the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry, an Army Reserve light cavalry regiment. [8], The regiment saw more deployments to Iraq in 2006 and 2008, where it suffered two casualties, Lieutenant Richard Palmer[9] and Corporal Gordon Pritchard. Doubts were similarly expressed by some senior figures south of the Border. The Pipes and Drums with the Alamein Band playing in the Corn Market in Belfast. The Pipes and Drums of the Fourth live on as a visible memorial of the Fourth and a matter of pride for the new First. One possible candidate was Pipe Sergeant Elder of the RSDG. When Major Brian Coombes (OC B Sqn) married Alana Dudley, a daughter of the Regiment, the tartan and the Piper were in evidence. The Pipes and Drums in 1975 – Pipe Major Elder plus, Maurice Johns, Thomas Stewart (Tam), Tom Kelly, Doug Eskdale, John Low, Richard GrimshawRab Cook, Joe Clark, Pipe Major Elder, Wullie Davidson,Bob Smith. In mid April 1973 the Commanding Officer felt sufficiently confident to issue Pipe Sergeant Elder with formal instructions to form the Pipes and Drums. Before taking the next step – the recruitment of a qualified military piper – a report was submitted on these initiatives to the Regimental Colonel at RHQ RTR and he in turn informed the Colonels Commandant in a letter dated 21 February 1972. It was decided to seek to take a tartan into limited use. At the time it represented a return to horseback and full dress uniform for the first time in eighty years. On evenings when a military band is present, besides playing "The Queen' the band also play "God Bless the Prince of Wales", an old 3rd Dragoon Guards custom, and the "Imperial Russian Anthem" in memory of Tsar Nicholas II, the Colonel-in-Chief of the Scots Greys, killed with his family during the Russian Civil War(1918). He asked her to give the Regiment permission to take her Hunting Rose Tartan into use. L to R Gen Boswell (Guernsey), Adm Pillar (Jersey), HM the Queen, HRH Prince Philip and General New (Isle of Man). The use of the tartan was welcomed within the Regiment and there was soon appetite for more. [21] It is always worn with a black backing in mourning for Tsar Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia, who was their Colonel-in-Chief at the time of his execution. Sgt McMinn, Director of Music Capt Wright, Band Sgt Maj Pearce, Pipe Sgt Elder. Royal Regiment of Scotland celebrates tenth anniversary with pipes and drums march through Edinburgh The Royal Regiment of Scotland marked its … The regiment also has a mounted Drum Major who wears a distinctive white b… Prior the the action at Ticonderoga, the 42nd was given the distinction of being a "Royal" regiment, changing the uniform's facings from buff to royal blue, and earning the right to bear a distinctive seal on the colours and drums. [29], The regiment has its own pipe band, who were first formed in 1946 and tour widely, performing in competitions, concerts and parades. The Duke of Kent took the salute. The Royal Regiment of Scotland (SCOTS) is the senior line infantry regiment and only Scottish line infantry of the British Army. We now had the Tartan. In 1982 Pipe Sgt Ian Macey had major wins in senior piping competitions. In the event both were achieved. [12] The pipes and drums distinguished themselves, winning the award for Album of the Year at the 2009 Classical Brits for Spirit of the Glen: Journey, recorded on active service. Gregson, McCann, L/Cpls Hart, Finlay, Johnstone, Keenan, McColl, More, Townsley, Marshall, McGrattan and Hawkins. Themselves having inherited the battle honours of the 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales's) and the Carabiniers (6th Dragoon Guards) upon amalgamation in 1922. The 52nd Lowland Regiment also maintained a Pipes and Drums, which from 2002 was under the direction of Pipe Major Gordon Walker, who was formerly a regular piper in the Royal Highland Fusiliers and an instructor at both the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming and the College of Piping. The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards were formed on 2 July 1971 at Holyrood, Edinburgh, by the amalgamation of the 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales's Dragoon Guards) (themselves the product of the amalgamation in 1922 of 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales's) and 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers)), and The Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons). The Black Watch Pipes and Drums 3SCOTS The Highlanders - 4 SCOTS Pipes & Drums The Royal Regiment of Scotland Reserves The Army in Scotland The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland The Highland Band The Royal Regiment of Scotland Scottish, Welsh and Irish Division Call of Duty Contact us by: [email protected] On 20 November 1972 the Regiment held a service of reconciliation and “farewell to Germany” in the church in Bergen-Belsen. 4 RTR establishment was annotated to show three crewmen as pipers. The Highlanders, 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland. With such a rich heritage, The Royal Regiment of Scotland has inherited a wealth of Regimental music for both the Pipes and Drums and the Military Band. [16], The regiment has converted to the role of light cavalry as part of restructuring in the army under Army 2020. Having the Rhine Staff Band at Catterick provided many opportunities for Pipe Sgt Elder to play alongside them. For some months the Regiment had been attempting to “poach” a well-qualified Pipe Sergeant from one of the Scottish regiments. The Royal Regiment of Scotland is the senior and only Scottish line infantry regiment of the British Army Infantry. The parade, which included marching contingents from six of the seven battalions of The Royal Regiment of Scotland – the 4th battalion is currently deployed on operations in Afghanistan – their pipes and drums, along with the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, took place in Holyrood Park on Saturday. The regiment was formed as the Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment) on 20 January 1959 by the amalgamation of the Royal Scots Fusiliers with the Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment).The Royal Highland Fusiliers, abbreviated as 'The RHF', were part of the Scottish Division. This sparked speculation that the Waterloo Squadron may now begin to undertake more mounted ceremonial duties in Edinburgh alongside Balaclava Company of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, who handle the military side of most Edinburgh ceremonies. 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (7 SCOTS) Headquarters Perth, with TA Centres throughout the Highlands and North of Scotland (purple hackle). Elizabeth Rose agreed the request to allow use of her Clan Rose Hunting Tartan. As each battalion was formerly an individual regiment, they all maintain their former regimental pipes and drums to carry on the traditions of their antecedent regiments. It was formed on 28 March 2006 and founded on the fighting heritage of historic Scottish Infantry Regiments. HRH Princess Margaret stayed at Government House for four days. [13], In November 2013, the unit bade farewell to its Challenger 2 tanks and converted to a Light Cavalry unit, armed with Jackal vehicles. On 1 August 1973 Colonel and Mrs New took Pipe Sergeant Elder to Kilravock Castle where he met and played for the Head of Clan Rose. Complete your 8th (Lothians And Peeblesshire) Batallion, The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment… The bulk of the regiment deployed as part of the Scots Dragoon Guards Battle Group with a single squadron (A Squadron) detached to the First Battalion The Black Watch Battle Group. 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