This room offers a short video of approximately 10 minutes confirming the story of the Highlanders and the formation of the regiments. It then takes the visitor on a journey down through the historical period of their existence. It explains the various amalgamations leading to the formation of the Royal Regiment of Scotland in March 2006.
1881. The 72nd &78th Highland Regiments of Foot amalgamated as part of major restructuring of the British Army under the Army Reforms. Thus the 72nd became the 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders and the 78th became the 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. The 79th were earmarked to join forces with the Scots Guards but thanks to the personal intervention of Queen Victoria, her Cameron Highlanders were spared this fate and the 79th remained a single battalion infantry regiment. (A second battalion was subsequently raised in 1897).
With more defence cuts identified in the late 1950’s, the Seaforth Highlanders and Queens Own Cameron Highlanders merged in 1961 and formed a new regiment called the Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons).
This regiment had a life of 33 years before it too was amalgamated in 1994 with their neighbours from the North East, namely The Gordon Highlanders. They were called The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordon’s & Camerons). After a short period of 12 years this regiment joined with all the other regiments of the Scottish Division and formed The Royal Regiment of Scotland being numbered the 4th Battalion.
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