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Scots Guards drummer, piper, bugler and bandsman, about 1891
The Scots Guards (SG) is a regiment of the Guards Division of the British Army, whose 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.

It is not to be confused with the Garde Écossaise, which was an elite Scots military unit founded c. 1420 by the Valois Charles VII of France, to be personal body-guards to the French Monarchy, and which were finally disbanded in 1830 at the abdication of Charles X of France. These long predated the British regiment.

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 Catterickmarker 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, Londonmarker 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.

History of the Scots Guards

Battle honours



Order of Precedence

External links

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

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