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Updated 02/03/2020


Scottish Horse

In late 1900, the Marquess of Tullibardine was asked by Lord Kitchener, whom he had served under on the Omdurman Campaign, to raise a regiment of Scotsmen in South Africa, called The Scottish Horse. The regiment was raised quickly and soon saw active service in the Western Transvaal. A second regiment of Scottish Horse was raised from troops recruited by the 7th Duke of Atholl. It saw heavy fighting in both the First World War, as the 13th Battalion, Black Watch, and in the Second World War, as part of the Royal Artillery. It amalgamated with the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry to form the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse in 1956. The lineage is maintained by "C" Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse Squadron of The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry based in Cupar in Fife.

The tune was first published in David Glen’s Edinburgh Collection in 1904 and attributed to the Marchioness of Tullinbardine – Kitty Ramsay – the Red Duchess of Atholl, who accompanied her husband, John, Marquis of Tullibardine with his regiment. Katharine Marjory Ramsay was educated at Wimbledon High School and the Royal College of Music and was a keyboard player of concert standard. She was also a Scottish Unionist Party politician whose views were often unpopular in her party.