Royal Scots Borderers
|Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland|
Cap Badge of the Royal Regiment of Scotland
|Active||1 August 2006–|
|Part of||38th (Irish) Brigade|
|Garrison/HQ||Palace Barracks, Holywood|
|Motto(s)||Nemo me impune lacessit (No One Provokes Me With Impunity)|
|Lt Col Wight Boycott|
|Royal Colonel||HRH The Princess Royal|
|Tactical Recognition Flash|
Royal Stewart (Pipers kilts and plaids)
The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS) is an infantry battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Five Scottish regiments amalgamated to form the Royal Regiment of Scotland on 28 March 2006 and two of the battalions, the Royal Scots Battalion and the King's Own Scottish Borderers Battalion, then merged four months later, on 1 August 2006, to form the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland.
When five Scottish regiments were amalgamated to form the Royal Regiment of Scotland on 28 March 2006, the Royal Scots Battalion and the King's Own Scottish Borderers Battalion initially maintained their identities as separate battalions.
However almost immediately the Ministry of Defence moved to amalgamate the two battalions. This was not a new idea: the origins of the combined entity, Royal Scots Borderers, dates from the 1990 Options for Change review, when it was initially announced that the Royal Scots and King's Own Scottish Borderers would amalgamate. That amalgamation was subsequently rescinded. The Royal Scots Battalion and King's Own Scottish Borderers Battalion duly amalgamated on 1 August 2006 – upon their amalgamation, the new battalion took the name Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Since the amalgamation, the battalion has been deployed to Iraq on Operation Telic and to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick. They were most recently deployed to Afghanistan in September 2012 as part of Operation HERRICK 17. The regiment also deployed on Operation GRITROCK to Sierra Leone to help fight the outbreak of Ebola in October 2014 and on Operation TOSCA to Cyprus as part of the ongoing UN operations in September 2015.
Uniform and traditions
The battalion wears a flat black hackle behind the Royal Regiment of Scotland cap badge on the TOS (Tam o' Shanter) to distinguish itself as the Royal Scots Borderers. It recruits its soldiers from Dumfries and Galloway, Edinburgh, the Lothians, Borders and parts of Lanarkshire, which was traditionally the recruiting ground of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) until they were disbanded in 1968. The battalion home headquarters and museums are based at Edinburgh Castle for the Royal Scots and Berwick for the King's Own Scottish Borderers. A Company of 52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland maintains an affiliation to the 1st Battalion.
- Canada – The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's)
- Canada – Royal Newfoundland Regiment
- Canada – 1st Battalion, The Royal New Brunswick Regiment (Carleton and York)
- Australia – 25th/49th Battalion, The Royal Queensland Regiment
- Malaysia – 5th Battalion, The Royal Malay Regiment
- South Africa – The Witwatersrand Rifles
- Royal Navy – HMS Edinburgh
- United Kingdom - A Company Glasgow and Lanarkshire ACF
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- 1 SCOTS - Operations
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