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The Kings Own Scottish Borderers Regiment was formed - On this day in history

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On 18 March 1689, the Earl of Leven formed the Kings Own Scottish Borderers Regiment in Edinburgh. The regiment was created to defend Edinburgh from the forces of King James VII and it was said that 800 men joined the regiment in just two hours.

The regiment fought at the Battle of Killiecrankie in July 1689 and also at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, when it was known as Semphill’s Regiment of Foot.

The Kings Own Scottish Borderers served in both World Wars and lost ninety percent of its seventh battalion at the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944. In 2006, the Kings Own Scottish Borderers Regiment was amalgamated with the Royal Scots to form the Royal Scots Borderers, which became the 1st Batallion Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Kings Own Scottish Borderers Museum, The Barracks, The Parade, Berwick on Tweed TD15 1DG; tel: 01289 307426; website.

Further Reading

The Kings Own Scottish Borderers: A Concise History by Trevor Royle

 

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