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Updated 06/19/2013





Blue over White
King's Own Fusiliers

St. Patrick’s Blue
Irish Guards
The Queen's UOTC
London Irish Rifles

Royal Scots Borderers
The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)Royal Ulster Rifles

The hackle is a feather plume that is attached to the headdress.  In the British Army and the armies of some Commonwealth countries the hackle is worn by some infantry regiments, especially those designated fusilier regiments and those with Scottish and Northern Irish origins. It was commonly attached to the feather bonnet worn by Highland regiments (now usually only worn by drummers, pipers and bandsmen). The color of the hackle varies from regiment to regiment. 

The color of the hackle in many instances has a history.  However, the origin of the Royal Scots Borderers (1 SCOTS) has no apparent precedent. It may be that the black hackle of simulates the black-cock tail feathers originally worn in the 1904 pattern Kilmarnock Bonnet and latterly in the regimental Glengarry Cap by the Royal Scots and King's Own Scottish Borderers, who merged in August 2006 to form 1 SCOTS. Alternatively, it may be a sympathetic gesture to a former Lowland regiment, the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), disbanded in 1968, who wore a black hackle in their rifle green dress Balmoral.

A couple examples:

Royal Highland Fusiliers
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Royal Scots Fusiliers
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Royal Welsh
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Gordon Highlanders
Seaforth Highlanders

Royal Blue
Highlanders flat blue feather hackle
Cameron Highlanders post 1940
Queens Own Highlanders
The Highlanders
4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland
US Coast Guard Pipe band

Red over White
Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
Royal Northumberland Fusiliers

Blackcock Pipers Hackle
Royal Scots pipers
Gordon Highlanders pipers
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders pipers
KOSB pipers
Royal Regiment of Sco