Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse

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Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse
Fife and Forfar Yeomanry - Scottish Horse (cap badge).png
Cap badge of the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse
Active 1956-Present
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Yeomanry
Role Formation Reconnaissance
Size Since 1992 only one squadron
Part of Queen's Own Yeomanry
Garrison/HQ HQ at Yeomanry House, Cupar
Detachment in Forfar
Nickname(s) The Highland Cavalry
Motto(s) Pro Aris et Focis (For Hearth and Home)
March Quick - Wee Cooper of Fife (band); The Scottish Horse (pipes and drums)
Slow - The Garb of Old Gaul (band); Bonnie Dundee (pipes and drums)
Honorary Colonel Colonel Sir John Gilmour Bt. DL
Duke of Atholl
Sir John Gilmour 2nd Bt
Sir John Gilmour, 3rd Bt
Earl of Lindsay
Regimental Tartan

(Murray of Atholl)

The Fife & Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse is unit of the British Army regiment formed in 1956. Originally a regiment in its own right, it is currently a Yeomanry Squadron of the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry.


Scimitar vehicles previously used by the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse Squadron

The regiment was formed by the amalgamation of the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry and the Scottish Horse on 1 November 1956.[1] In 1967 the regiment was put into suspended animation (and not allowed to recruit).[1]

In 1969 the squadron was reduced to a cadre strength and became sponsored by 153 (Highland) Transport Regiment.[1] The cadre was disbanded in 1975.[1] However, the lineage was revived when C (Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse) Squadron, The Scottish Yeomanry was formed with a reconnaissance role in 1992.[1] The squadron transferred to the Queen's Own Yeomanry in 1999.[1]

The unit's guidon was paraded at a ceremony to mark the receipt of the Queen's Own Yeomanry's first guidon from The Prince of Wales in 2007.[2] The squadron transferred from the Queen's Own Yeomanry to the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry in 2013.[3]

The squadron operates in a light cavalry role and is primarily equipped with the Land Rover RWMIK reconnaissance vehicle.[4]

Decorations and awards[edit]

The Squadron inherited one Victoria Cross winner from its predecessor regiments: Lieutenant Colonel William English, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in 1901 in South Africa whilst serving as a lieutenant in the Scottish Horse.[5]

Notable members of the regiment[edit]

Notable members of the regiment include Robert AG Douglas-Miller, the one-time owner of Jenners department store in Edinburgh.[6]

Honorary Colonels and Commanding Officers[edit]

Honorary colonels and commanding officers have been as follows:

Honorary Colonels Commanding Officers
/Officer Commanding
The FFY/SH Regiment
Col R Appleby Bartram MC TD DL(1956-1957[7])
Col Earl of Lindsay DL(1957[8]-1962[9])
Col RMTC Campbell-Preston OBE MC TD JP DL (1962[9]-1967[10])
Col Sir William Walker Kt. TD DL[11]
Lt Colonel HRS Stewart TD
Lt Colonel N Mathewson TD
Lt Colonel M Anstice MC
The FFY/SH Cadre
Col Sir William Walker, Kt TD DL
Col Sir John Gilmour Bt DSO TD JP DL MP
Maj MGN Walker (1969[12]-1972)
Maj IS Taylor TD (1972[13]-1975[14])
Suspended Animation
None None
C(FFY/SH) Squadron
of The Scots Yeo
Col MJC Anstice MC TD DL Maj C Roads (1992–1994)
Maj I Thornton-Kemsley TD (1994–1996)
Maj WHR Wilson (1996–1999)
C(FFY/SH) Squadron
of The QOY
Col Sir John Gilmour, 4th Bt (-Present) Maj WHR Wilson (1999–2000)
Maj NWE Potter TD (2000–2002)
Maj MC Hutchinson TD (2002–2007)
Maj C Chayko (2007–2008)
Maj NWE Potter TD (2008–Present)

Battle honours[edit]

Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse holds the combined battle honours of The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, and Scottish Horse.[1] This table shows the squadron's battle honours and which regiment they originate from:


Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse Guidon

The cap badge of the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse is a mounted knight (The Thane of Fife) with a Cross of St Andrews behind. The cross contains both laurel and juniper leaves.[17] The officers and men of the regiment wear the Duke of Atholl's Tartan, Murray of Atholl, in various forms of dress.[18]


Alliances are as follows:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse 1956-present at by T.F.Mills". Archived from the original on 25 February 2007. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  2. ^ "Guidon Parade of The Queens Own Yeomanry". The Courier. 20 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "C (Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse) Squadron". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 18 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "Royal Scots Dragoons Guards receive new jackal vehicles" (Press release). Ministry of Defence. 20 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "No. 27362". The London Gazette. 4 October 1901. p. 6481. 
  6. ^ "No. 41519". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 October 1958. p. 6241. 
  7. ^ "No. 41054". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 April 1957. p. 2508. 
  8. ^ "No. 41124". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 July 1957. p. 4151. 
  9. ^ a b "No. 42689". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 May 1962. p. 4359. 
  10. ^ "No. 44283". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 April 1967. p. 3807. 
  11. ^ "No. 44283". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 April 1967. p. 3812. 
  12. ^ "No. 45251". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 December 1970. p. 13662. 
  13. ^ "No. 45867". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1973. p. 88. 
  14. ^ "No. 46557". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 April 1975. p. 5515. 
  15. ^ "The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry at by T.F.Mills". Archived from the original on March 1, 2007. Retrieved March 1, 2007. 
  16. ^ "The Scottish Horse at by T.F.Mills". Archived from the original on July 15, 2007. Retrieved July 15, 2007. 
  17. ^ "Introduction". The Thane of Life. Retrieved 13 November 2017. 
  18. ^ "The 8th Duke of Atholl". Clan Murray. Retrieved 18 November 2017. 

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