The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

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Cruachan - Regimental Mascot of the Argylls

Cruachan is a Shetland pony stallion. These ponies are the smallest breed of horse and originate from the Shetland Islands in northern Scotland where they have adapted to the sparse food supply and harsh climatic conditions found on the Islands.

As a result of the rugged Shetland environment, they have evolved into a small but sturdy breed with a long life span. They require very little care, have a gentle temperament and are readily trained. Examples can be found in all colours.

With an average height of 10 hands (102cm / 40in) and a docile nature, they are ideal as childrens' pets and in the 19th and early 20th centuries they were used as estate pack animals and as pit ponies in the coal fields of Britain.

Click on the photographs for details of each of the generations of Cruachan:-

Cruachan I - 1922 - 1942

Cruachan I became the Regimental Mascot in 1929 when he was presented to the 1st Battalion by Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll and Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment.

He died on the 11th April 1942 at the age of 20.

Cruachan II - 1952 - 1984

Cruachan II was presented by Mrs Roger Hyde at Princes Street Station, Edinburgh in September 1952 when the Battalion returned from Hong Kong.

Cruachan II retired in 1979 and died in 1984. He was at least 32 years of age.

Cruachan III

Cruachan III joined the Battalion in 1995.

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