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Scots Guards
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Cap Star of the Scots Guards
Active 1642-1651,
Country United Kingdom
Branch Army
Type Foot Guards
Role 1st Battalion - Strike Mechanized Infantry
F Company - Public Duties
Size One battalion
One Indepdentnt company
Part of Guards Division - Overall
1st Battalion under 1st Strike Brigade
F Company under London District
Garrison/HQ RHQ - London
1st Battalion - Catterick
F Company - London
Nickname(s) The Kiddies; Jock Guards
"The Jocks"
Motto(s) "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
James Leak
Colonel-in-Chief HM The Queen
Colonel of
the Regiment
HRH The Duke of Kent KG, GCMG, GCVO
Tactical Recognition Flash GuardsTRF
Tartan Royal Stewart (pipers kilts and plaids)
Plume none
Abbreviation SG
Helles Barracks Parade Ground - - 1192460

Recruits practicing drill on catterick parade square



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]

Under the Army 2020 reforms the battalion moves from the 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade to the new formed 1st Strike Brigade and moved from Aldershot to Catterick. The regiment will be one of the 4 new "Strike Mechanized Battalions" using the new Boxer mechanized infantry vehicle. Also as a result of the changes the battalion will not do Ceremonial Duties until 2025 when it will swap with the Welsh Guards. F Company will continue with their ceremonial duties. In Early 2019 the 1st Battalion returned from Cyprus on Operation Tosca where they received their medals upon returning.[2] At the moment, in Mid April 2019, the entire regiment are barely at 50% manning.[3] During the later stages of 2019 the battalion is due to move to Catterick and be part of the new 1st Strike Brigade. In late April 2019 the regimental Pipes and Drums took part in the Virginia Tattoo in Newport, Virginia in the Federal Republic of the United States of America. Since 2018 although consisting of 707 men, the 1st battalion are still well below their 731 goal for regimental members.[4]


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.[5]

History of the Scots GuardsEdit


The Full Organization of the entire regiment:

1st BattalionEdit

  • Battalion Headquarters and No.4 (IV) Headquarters Company
    • Battalion Headquarters
    • Headquarters Company HQ
    • Signals Platoon
    • Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Detachment
    • Mechanical Transport Platoon
    • Quartermaster's Department
    • Catering Platoon
    • Regimental Administration Office
    • Regimental Aid Post
    • Regimental Recruiting Team
    • Military Provost Team
    • Welfare Office
    • Regimental Padre
    • Assault Pioneer Platoon - (Provided by the Pipes and Drums)
  • Right Flank (No.1) Company - Rifle Company
    • Company Headquarters
    • 1 Platoon
    • 2 Platoon
    • 3 Platoon
  • C (No.3) Company - Rifle Company
    • Company Headquarters
    • 4 Platoon
    • 5 Platoon
    • 6 Platoon
  • Left Flank (No.8) Company - Rifle Company
    • Company Headquarters
    • 7 Platoon
    • 8 Platoon
    • 9 Platoon
  • B (No.2) Company - Support Fires Company
    • Company Headquarters Platoon
    • 10 (Anti-Tank) Platoon
    • 11 (Mortars) Platoon
    • 12 (Reconnaissance) Platoon
    • 13 (Combat Information System and Information Systems Aerial Reconnaissance) Platoon (New Under Army 2020)

F (No.7) CompanyEdit

  • Company Headquarters
  • 1 Platoon
  • 2 Platoon
  • 3 Platoon


1st BattalionEdit

2nd BattalionEdit

Traditions and AffiliationsEdit

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.[6]

Former MembersEdit

  • Leo Docherty (Conservative Member for Parliament for Aldershot) - Served as Captain from 2001-2007 participating in both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

Battle honoursEdit

A convoy of Warrior infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) patrolling near Musa Qala, Afghanistan. MOD 45149486

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



Order of precedenceEdit

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



External linksEdit

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

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