The Scots Guards (SG) form part 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 of Foot Guards; 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 is currently (2008) based in Catterick in the armoured infantry role. However, since 1993, the regiment has also maintained an independent company, F Company, permanently based in Chelsea 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.
Britain's Oldest Infantry Regiment, the Scots Guards, Visit New York to Raise Funds for Wounded Soldiers and the Families of Those Killed in Action.
Sep 22, 2009; On the eve of the anniversary of September 11th, the Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guards are returning to New York. They were...