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Updated 02/28/2017


12th Battalion Royal Scots
Pipe Major W. Cowie

The Royal Scots, the oldest Infantry Regiment of the Line in the British Army, was formed in 1633 when Sir John Hepburn under a Royal Warrant granted by King Charles I, raised a body of men in Scotland for service in France. 

The 11th, 12th and 13th battalions were raised in August 1914 in Edinburgh, with the 11th and 12th allocated to 9th (Scottish) Division (Lothian Regiment) and the 13th to 15th (Scottish) Division, and moved to France in mid-1915. The 9th (Scottish) Division, was one of the Kitchener's Army divisions.

They first saw action at the Battle of Loos, where the 11th was almost wiped out, and spent the remainder of the war on the Western Front. The 11th and 12th moved into to Germany after the armistice; the 12th was reduced to a cadre in April 1919 and disbanded in the UK in June, whilst the 11th was reduced to a cadre and disbanded at Cologne in November. The 13th remained in Belgium, being reduced to a cadre in March 1919 and disbanded in the UK in June.