2nd Battalion Colours c1937

The King's and Regimental Colours of the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots are displayed in the officer's mess. The 2nd Battalion was amalgamated with the 1st in 1949 so the Colours were not laid up in a cathedral as is the custom with disbanded units. These colours were made with great care during the reign of King George VI who came to the throne on 11th Dec 1936. His cypher can be seen in the middle of the Regimental Colour on the right. There would have been little opportunity to parade these Colours during World War 2 so it is regretful that they had such a short and uneventful life.

< By this time the number of battle honours for the Royal Scots would have increased from the 1881 Colour, to 28. To the previous list would have been added TANGIER and NAMUR which were belatedly granted to the regiment in 1910, and SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902. These 28 honours are displayed on the Regimental Colour, 13 on the left, 14 on the right, and EGYPT below the centre. The title of the regiment at this time was THE ROYAL SCOTS. THE ROYAL REGIMENT which is inscribed around the royal cypher. Outside the red centre is the elaborate collar of the Order of the Thistle, and around that the Union Wreath of roses, thistles and shamrocks. In the four corners are the crowned thistle and motto, with the addition of the Roman numeral II in the upper canton.

< The King's Colour on the left is the union flag with 10 battle honours from World War 1. Battle honours for this conflict were so numerous that in 1919 it was decided that regimental Colours should retain their old honours and that only ten of the war honours should be emblazoned on Colours and drums etc. The ten honours are distributed equally on each side of the red cross.

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