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The Royal Scots Borderers
Cap Badge of the Royal Regiment of Scotland
Active 1 August 2006 - Present

 United Kingdom

  •  Scotland

 British Army

Type Spcialised Infantry
Role Specialised Infantry
Size Battalion
Part of Specialised Infantry Group
Garrison/HQ Aldershot
Nickname(s) 1 SCOTS
Motto(s) Nemo Me Impune Lacessit (No One Assails Me With Impunity)
Engagements Operation Toral
Operation Tosca
Operation Gritrock
Operation Althea
Website 1 SCOTS - British Army Website
Royal Colonel HRH The Princess Royal
Tactical Recognition Flash Royal Regiment of Scotland TRF.png
Tartan Government
Royal Stewart (Pipers kilts and plaids)
Hackle Black

The Royal Scots Borderers (1 SCOTS) is an infantry battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Two infantry regiments ; the Royal Scots and the King's Own Scottish Borderers merged on the 28 March 2006, and with the other Scottish infantry regiments amalgamated into the single seven battalion strong Royal Regiment of Scotland. The current Commanding Officer is Lt. Colonel Ben Wrench.

The origins of the portmanteau, Royal Scots Borderers, dates from the 1990 Options for Change review, when it was initially announced that the Royal Scots and King's Own Scottish Borderers would amalgamate. This amalgamation was subsequently rescinded and the loss of a battalion transferred to the Queen's Division, which led to the formation of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.

The Royal Regiment of Scotland is unique in the British Army in that the names of the regiments that were amalgamated to form it have been retained, with their battalion numbers used as subtitles. Two of the initial six regular battalions, the Royal Scots Battalion and King's Own Scottish Borderers Battalion were amalgamated in August 2006 – upon their amalgamation, the new battalion took the name Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland.

In 2019 the battalion is due to move to their new barracks in Aldershot. After moving the battalion will convert to specialised infantry and joined the new Specialised Infantry Group.

Uniform and Traditions

The battalion wears a flat black hackle behind the Royal Regiment of Scotland cap badge on the TOS (Tam o' Shanter) to distinguish itself as the Royal Scots Borderers. It recruits its soldiers from Dumfries and Galloway, Edinburgh, the Lothians, Borders and parts of Lanarkshire, which was traditionally the recruiting ground of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) until they were disbanded in 1968. The battalion home headquarters and museums are based at Edinburgh Castle for The Royal Scots and Berwick for The King's Own Scottish Borderers. A Company of 52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland maintains an affiliation to the 1st Battalion.


Since the amalgamation, the battalion has been deployed to Iraq on Operation Telic and to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick.[1] They were most recently deployed to Afghanistan in September 2012 as part of Operation Herrick XVII.[2]




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