Scots Guards

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The Scots Guards
Cap Star of The Scots Guards
Active 1642-1651,
Country United Kingdom
Branch Army
Type Foot Guards
Role 1st Battalion - Armoured Infantry
F Company - Public Duties
Size One battalion
One company
Part of Guards Division
Garrison/HQ RHQ - London
1st Battalion - Catterick
F Company - London
Nickname The Kiddies; Jock Guards
Motto "Nemo Me Impune Lacessit"
"No one touches me with impunity"
March Quick - Hielan' Laddie
Slow - The Garb of Old Gaul
Anniversaries St Andrew's Day
Nov 30
Colonel-in-Chief HM The Queen
Colonel of
the Regiment
HRH The Duke of Kent KG, GCMG, GCVO
Tactical Recognition Flash GuardsTRF.svg
Tartan Royal Stewart (pipers kilts and plaids)
Plume none
Abbreviation SG
Recruits practicing drill on catterick parade square
Scots Guards drummer, piper, bugler and bandsman, about 1891

The Scots Guards (SG), part of the Guards Division, is one of the Foot Guards regiments of the British Army. Their origins lie in the personal bodyguard of King Charles I of England and Scotland. Its lineage can be traced as far back as 1642, although it was only placed on the English Establishment (thus becoming part of what is now the British Army) in 1686.

The Scots Guards is ranked as the third regiment in the Guards Division; as such, Scots Guardsmen can be recognised by having the buttons on their tunics spaced in threes. The regiment consists of a single operational battalion, which has been based in Catterick since 2008, in the armoured infantry role. However, since 1993, the regiment has also maintained an independent company, F Company, permanently based in Wellington Barracks, London on public duties. It is the custodian of the colours and traditions of the 2nd Battalion, which was placed in permanent suspended animation in 1993 as a result of Options for Change. 1st Battalion will be equipped with Mastiff Vehicles under Army 2020 and be under 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade.[1]


Recruits to the Guards Division go through a thirty week Gruelling training programme at the Infantry Training Centre (ITC) and is one of the hardest basic training courses in the world and produces some of the best soldiers in the world. The training is two weeks more than the training for the Regular line infantry regiments of the British Army; the extra training, carried out throughout the course, is devoted to drill and ceremonies.[2]

History of the Scots Guards[edit]

Traditions and affiliations[edit]

The Scots Guards and other Guards Regiments have a long standing connection to The Parachute Regiment. Guardsman who have Completed P company are Transferred into the Guards Parachute Platoon who are currently attached to 3 PARA still keeping the tradition of the No 1 (Guards) Independent Parachute Company who were the original Pathfinder Group of 16th Parachute Brigade now renamed 16th Air Assault Brigade.[3]

Battle honours[edit]

Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles of the Scots Guards patrolling in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in 2008



Order of precedence[edit]

Preceded by
Coldstream Guards
Infantry Order of Precedence Succeeded by
Irish Guards


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External links[edit]

  • The Guards Museum - Containing the history of the five regiments of Foot Guards, Wellington Barracks, London.