Royal Scots Regimental Memorial

The Royal Scots Regimental Memorial consists of Doddington stone monoliths depicting regimental uniforms through the ages, laid out so that each stone is illuminated by the sun as it moves across the sky.

The tranquil setting of the Royal Scots Regimental Memorial  in West Princes Street GardensThe main stone (on the left) is incised with the battles in which the regiment has fought from Tangier in 1680 to Burma in 1943-47, and a large bronze plaque with the George Medal and the St. Andrews Cross.

The fence is decorated with roundels depicting the monarchs the regiment has served, from Charles I to George VI. Other roundels have a thistle and the motto 'NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT' - 'Nobody provokes me with impunity', or ‘Wha daur meddle wi’ me’.

Along the railing is a quote from the Declaration of Arbroath:

"IT IS NOT FOR GLORY OR RICHES NEITHER IS IT FOR HONOURS THAT WE FIGHT BUT IT IS FOR THE SAKE OF LIBERTY ALONE WHICH NO TRUE MAN LOSETH BUT AT THE COST OF HIS LIFE".

At the right hand end the inscribed stone states:

'THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED UNDER THE BEQUEST OF CAMPBELL SMITH, S.S.C., EDINBURGH, A PIONEER OF THE ROYAL SCOTS CLUB AND A GREAT FRIEND OF THE REGIMENT. IT WAS UNVEILED BYH.R.H. THE PRINCESS ROYAL C.E.G., C.V.O.,G.B.E., T.D., COLONEL-IN-CHIEF, ON THE 26th JULY IN THE FIRST YEAR OF THE REIGN OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II.' [1952]

An additional plaque is inscribed:

'1918-1965 H.R.H.PRINCESS ROYAL, COLONEL-IN-CHIEF, THE ROYAL SCOTS(ROYAL REGIMENT) FOR 47YEARS. THIS STONE WAS UNVEILED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN ON JULY 1st 1968.'

On 9th May 2007, further plaques – one in Doddington stone and one in bronze were unveiled by Princess Anne, The Princess Royal commemorating the amalgamation of the regiment into the newly formed Scottish Regiment.

‘ON 28 MARCH 2006, 373 YEARS TO THE DAY SINCE KING CHARLES I SIGNED THE WARRANT TO RAISE THE REGIMENT, THE ROYAL SCOTS ( THE ROYAL REGIMENT) MERGED WITH THE OTHER SURVIVING SCOTTISH INFANTRY REGIMENTS TO FORM THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF SCOTLAND. OUR UNBROKEN HISTORY AND SERVICE TO THE SOVEREIGN AND COUNTRY LIVES ON IN THE 1st BATTALION OF THE NEW REGIMENT.’

Other additions inscribed in the stone commemorate the regimental dead from the recent conflicts in the Falklands, Kuwait and Iraq.

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