The History of The Royal Scots
The Regimental Museum in Edinburgh Castle
Badges and Tartan
Regimental Badges, like colours and titles, epitomise a considerable amount of history.
From the earliest regulations The Royal Scots have been entitled to bear on their Colours the Royal Cypher within the Collar of the Order of the Thistle with the badge appendant, and this is the Regimental Badge.
The Staff Badge is the Star of the Order of the Thistle in silver plate; on the star, a raised circle in gilt or gilded metal inscribed with the motto of the Order - "Nemo me impune lacessit" and within the circle on a ground of green enamel, the Thistle, and is worn by Colour Sergeants and above.
Soldiers' Cap Badge, The star and cross are silver, the remainder gilt. This badge was introduced for the rank and file of The Royal Scots in 1890. The badge was first made with a solid metal background to St Andrew. Now it is made with the figure pierced and is worn with a red felt backing. Formerly the 2nd Battalion wore this badge with a green background.
The Regiment recruits its soldiers from Edinburgh, the Lothians and the former county of Peeblesshire. The Regimental tartan is Hunting Stuart (left) which is worn by all ranks except Pipers who wear the Sovereign's personal tartan, Royal Stuart (right); an honour granted by King George V to mark the tercentenary of the Regiment in 1933.