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"It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge."
Enrico Fermi

March 29, 2006

Lack of Military Pride

Yesterday, six Scottish regiments were amalgamated into the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The Black Watch, the King's Own Scottish Borderers, the Royal Scots, the Royal Highland Fusiliers, the Highlanders and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

The new regimental motto is Nemo Me Impune Lacessit (No one assail me with impunity).

The Black Watch, raised in 1725. Known as the Black Watch because of the dark colour of their tartans.

King's Own Scottish Borderers raised in 1689.

Royal Scots raised in 1633 and was the oldest Regiment of the Line of the British Army.

The
Royal Highland Fusiliers were formed in 1959 by the amalgamation of the Royal Scots Fusiliers (21st) raised in 1678, and the Highland Light Infantry (71st, 73rd and 74th) the origins of which was the 73rd, raised in 1777.

The
Highlanders were formed in 1994 with the amalgamation of the Queen's Own Highlanders and The Gordon Highlanders, dating back to 1778.

The
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was formed in 1881 with the amalgamation of the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders raised in 1794, and the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders raised in 1799.

Highland lament: Scotland's oldest regiments march into history.

Pride in tradition is at the heart of the fighting spirit. Men die for it. That tradition is being destroyed, on grounds of economy. While the Army is at a stretch round the world, these regiments are scrapped at the behest of Gordon Brown - the man who's just come up with the idea of a "Veterans' Day". Today those traditions are no more.
Marching into history

Death of a regiment, birth of a battalion

The Scottish are rightfully
angry at what has been done to these historic regiments in the name of economy savings for 'social spending'.

Iraq Scots lament passing of heritage.

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