A History

A History of the 9th (Highlanders) Royal Scots, The Dandy Ninth, released 30 November 2019.


An index of personnel is here https://neillgilhooley.com/9th-royal-scots/index/


Formed in the aftermath of the Boer War’s Black Week, The Royal Scots Highland Battalion sent volunteers to South Africa and established itself as Edinburgh’s kilted battalion, part of the Territorial Force of part-time soldiers.

In the Great War they mobilised to France and Flanders and served in many of the major actions: Ypres, Somme, Arras and Soissons; spending much of the war as one of the dozen distinguished battalions of the 51st Highland Division.

Benny Irvine courtesy John Johnston 

The major actions they participated in were:

  • Second Ypres (April-May 1915)
  • High Wood (July 1916)
  • Beaumont Hamel (November 1916)
  • Arras (April 1917)
  • Third Ypres – Passchendaele (September 1917)
  • Cambrai (November-December 1917)
  • Michael – Saint Quentin (March 1918)
  • Lys (April 1918)
  • Soissons (August 1918)
  • Hundred days (to November 1918)


9th Royal Scots march past on Princes Street 20th November 1921

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