7. The Lovat Scouts

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The Lovat Scouts was one of the most remarkable regiments in the British Army.

They were formed in 1900 to counter the skills of the Boers in South Africa. Lord Lovat was allowed to raise from the stalkers, ghillies and shepherds of the northern Highlands two companies of scouts for service in South Africa. They were dressed in khaki tunics and breeches wearing slouch hats bearing a patch of red Fraser tartan and armed with Lee Metford rifles and equipped with stalking glasses.

One company was mounted on garrons (Highland ponies) and the other company on foot. They formed up and trained at Beaufort Castle. The Lovat Scouts served with distinction in a variety of roles until disbandment on the 31st March 1967.

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