Scottish Command

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Scottish Command
Active 1905–1972
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Type Command
Garrison/HQ Edinburgh

Scottish Command was a command of the British Army.


The Command, which had its origins in the post of Commander-in-Chief, Scotland, was established in 1905 at Edinburgh Castle but moved to Craigiehall in the early 1950s.[1]

64th (2nd Highland) Division was established in the Command by 1915 after the departure of 51st Highland Division for France.[2] Divisional headquarters was established at Perth in January 1915; the three infantry brigades (191st, 192, and 193rd) were located at Blair Atholl, Scone and Falkirk.

Since 1936 the General Officer Commanding Scottish Command has also always been appointed Governor of Edinburgh Castle.[3]

In September 1939 consisted of Highland Area with 9th and 51st Divisions, and Lowland Area with 15th and 52nd Divisions, plus other troops.[4]

The Command was merged into HQ UK Land Forces (HQ UKLF) in 1972 and Scotland became a District under the new structure. Scotland continued to have district status until 2000 when the last General Officer Commanding Scotland stood down.[5]

The post of General Officer Commanding Scotland was recreated again on 2 April 2012 following the disbandment of 2nd Infantry Division.[6]

General Officers Commanding-in-Chief[edit]

Commanders-in-Chief have included:[7][8][9]
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Scottish District

General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Scottish Command

General Officer Commanding, Scotland

Note: There was no General Officer Commanding, Scotland between 2000 and 2012


  1. ^ Subterranea Britannica
  2. ^ "64th (2nd Highland) Division". The Long Long Trail. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 34268. p. 1974. 27 March 1936. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  4. ^ Leo Niehorster, Scottish Command, accessed December 2008
  5. ^ Major change of direction Mark Strudwick; After commanding the Army in Scotland, running PSYBT is a surprisingly suitable new career The Glasgow Herald, 25 June 2006
  6. ^ "Scotland's Army Head installed as Edinburgh Castle Governor". Ministry of Defence. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Whitaker's Almanacks 1905 - 2000
  8. ^
  9. ^ Army Commands
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27312. p. 3202. 10 May 1901.