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Dunbartonshire Volunteers

The 1st Dumbartonshire Rifle Volunteers later the 9th (Dumbartonshire) Btn, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders was an infantry later artillery unit of Britain's part-time force, the Territorial Army. Dunbartonshire is in the west central Lowlands of Scotland lying to the north of the River Clyde. Dunbartonshire borders Perthshire to the north, Stirlingshire to the east, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire to the south, and Argyllshire to the west.

In 1793, much before the first rifle volunteer corps of Dumbartonshire were formed, the county managed many local units which included; Dumbartonshire Fencibles, Dumbartonshire Fencible Cavalry (later the Dumbartonshire Yeomanry Cavalry), Stirling, Dumbarton, Clackmannan and Kinross Militia, as well as many local militias.

The battalion was officially formed in 1860 as a battalion and later consolidated as a corps in 1880 before being transferred to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. In 1938 the battalion was transferred to the Royal Artillery, served in World War II, and was later absorbed into the 402nd (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) Light Regiment, Royal Artillery. Although the regiment and battalion lineage was ended in 1955, the location of the original unit and highland links were continued through 102 (Clyde) Field Squadron, Royal Engineers.