About Us

The Scots GuardsScots Guardsmen and their families remain a part of the Regiment for life. The Scots Guards Association helps serving and retired members to stay in touch, coordinating support to our troops in the front line and to members of the Regimental family in time of need. We take great care in looking after our old soldiers and their families, which costs an increasing amount of money every year from our charitable fund. Our Regiment has been serving the Crown for over 350 years and we are immensely proud of our heritage and our ability to adapt to changing times both in the British Army and the country as a whole.

A Brief History of The Scots Guards

The Scots Guards (SG) is a regiment of the Guards Division of the British Army, whose origins lie in the personal bodyguard of King Charles I of England and Scotland. Its lineage can be traced as far back as 1642, although it was only placed on the English Establishment (thus becoming part of what is now the British Army) in 1686.

The Scots Guards

The Scots Guards is ranked as the third regiment in the Guards Division; as such, Scots Guardsmen can be recognised by having the buttons on their tunics spaced in threes. The regiment consists of a single operational battalion, which has been based in Catterick since 2008, in the armoured infantry role. However, since 1993, the regiment has also maintained an independent company, F Company, permanently based in Wellington Barracks, London on public duties. It is the custodian of the colours and traditions of the 2nd Battalion, which was placed in permanent suspended animation in 1993 as a result of Options for Change.

A complete history of the Regiment can be found on The Scots Guards Association website.