The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

'Sans Peur'       Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders red and white dicing       'Ne Obliviscaris'

Regimental Dress
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

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Grateful thanks go to Alan Young for the photos and for his support in preparing the content of this page.

Head Dress

  • the Kilmarnock bonnet has a plain red and white dicing around the edge and a red woollen toorie on top
  • the Glengarry bonnet has two flat black ribbons about an inch wide hanging down from the back and ending in a slanted cut. The two ribbons are stitched one across the other and onto the cap at the back where the ribbons hold the cap closed. The Glengarry folds flat and can be tucked under an epaulette on the shoulder when appropriate. There is a plain red and white dicing around the edge and a red woollen toorie on top.
  • the feather bonnet has a plain red and white dicing around the edge. The feather bonnet worn by the other ranks has only 4 tails, while an Officer's has 5 tails. The Drum Major also wears an officer's bonnet.
  • pipe bandsmen wear a red plume in their Glengarry bonnet
  • the battle dress bonnet, known as a Tam-O-Shanter, is brown with a brown woollen toorie on top and does not have tassels
  • other head gear such as bush hats and steel helmets may be worn in appropriate situations


  • the No 1 uniform jacket is dark green with yellow facings and fastens up to the neck

  • the battle dress jacket is brown with an open neck and shoulder flashes on each arm

  • denim or camouflage jackets with an open neck are worn during training

  • in appropriate situations, open-neck shirts or pullovers and shirts are worn instead of jackets

  • this is the Regimental patch worn on the shoulders of combat uniforms. It consists of red and white diced bands with dark green ends on a khaki backing cloth. It is positioned on the shoulders with the four red squares aligned at the top.
    The four red squares symbolise "The Thin Red Line" at the Battle of Balaklava, Crimean War, 24th October 1854.

Photo © Alan Young
Regimental Blazer Badge

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Argylls shoulder flash

Argylls Iraq shoulder flash
Photo © Ray Vearnals
Argylls right shoulder flash - Iraq 2004

Photo © Ray Vearnals
Argylls left shoulder flash - Iraq 2004


  • the kilt tartan is of the Black Watch Modern tartan which is worn by all ranks, the military band and the pipes and drums. It has distinctive box pleats.

  • officers and senior non-commissioned officers wear a very distinctive silk ribboned panel on the front flap of the kilt - as shown in this photograph:-

Photo © Alan Young


  • the officers and sergeants wear a badger sporran, complete with head and six white tassels

  • the Pipe Major and Drum Major wear an identical sporran with white horse hair backing and three black tails.
    The sporran cantle has three studs on the top and is decorated with a thistle pattern.
    This pattern is repeated on the bells at the top of the tails.
    The only difference is in the sporran strap.
    The P/M's sporran strap is black, the D/M's sporran strap is white - this is to match their respective accoutrements.

  • the drummer's sporran is the standard issue 'swinging six'

  • the piper's sporran is brown with three black tails and silver coloured metal tops supported by silver chains

  • the other ranks' sporran has a black horse hair backing with six white tails (known as the 'swinging six')

Photo © Alan Young

An officer's Full Dress sporran as worn with Officer's Mess Dress

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An officer's Full Dress Badger Head sporran. The difference between No 1 Dress Ceremonial and No 1 Dress Non-Ceremonial is, in the former, the crossbelt, sword and sash are worn, while in the latter, a Regimental cane is carried.

Photo © Alan Young

A sergeant's Badger Head sporran as worn with No 2 Dress (Ceremonial). The only difference between the officer's and the SNCO's badger head sporran was that the officers wore a black sporran belt and the SNCO's a white sporran belt.

Photo © Alan Young

A private soldier's sporran showing the 'Swinging Six' tassels with silver coloured metal tops.

Leg Dress

  • other ranks wear red and white diced hose with red garter flashes on each leg
  • When pipers are wearing spats, they wear red and black diced hose with red scarlet garter flashes
  • When pipers are wearing buckled shoes, they wear green and black long hose with green garter flashes
  • spats are white with buttons up the side and an elasticated band passing under the brogue at the instep to keep the spat in place

Foot Wear

  • the black shoes worn with No 1 dress and tartan trews are known as highland brogues
  • black boots are worn with training dress and battle dress
  • appropriate footwear is worn in jungle or desert conditions

Regimental Highland Dancing Team

  • black piper's glengarry (no blackcock feather)
  • No 1 dress doublet
  • piper's waist belt
  • piper's sporran
  • black and green long hose and green garter flashes

Photo © Alan Young
A piper's Dance Order sporran and waistbelt plate

Examples of Uniforms

An Argyll private soldier in full kilt order showing:-
  • Glengarry bonnet with cap badge, red toorie, 2 black tassels at the rear, red and white dicing
  • other ranks No 1 dress jacket with two crested badges on the lapels and crested buttons on the epaulettes, down the front and on the sleeves
  • white belt with crested buckle
  • white gloves
  • other ranks regimental Government tartan kilt
  • other ranks hair sporran with 6 white tails and crested silver clasp
  • other ranks red and white diced hose (they have no feet) and red garter flashes worn at the front of the leg
  • white spats with elasticated band under the foot
  • black highland brogues
An Argyll soldier in full kilt order

An Argyll private soldier in No.1 Dress kilt order as above but showing these variations:-
  • Kilmarnock bonnet with cap badge, red toorie, red and white dicing
  • other ranks black horse hair sporran with 6 white tails, plain brass clasp, plain brass tail holders and white sporran belt
An Argyll soldier in full kilt order
Photo © H M Aitken

An Argyll corporal in tartan trews showing:-
  • Glengarry bonnet and cap badge
  • battle dress tunic
  • khaki shirt and brown woollen tie
  • Armoured Brigade emblem on upper left sleeve
  • GSM ribbon on left breast
  • green, blancoed webbing belt with brass buckle and guides
  • regimental tartan trews
  • highland brogues
An Argyll corporal in tartan trews
Photo © H M Aitken

Walter Aitken and Tony Gilchrist prepared for guard duty wearing warm climate khaki dress, showing :-
  • brown Tam-O-Shanter bonnet
  • brown woollen pullover
  • open-neck khaki shirt
  • green, blancoed webbing belt with brass buckle and guides
  • khaki trousers
  • green, blancoed webbing gaiters
  • black rubber-sole boots
  • Belgian, Fabrique Nationale 7.62 SLR rifle with green blancoed rifle sling
Two Argyll soldiers in warm climate khaki dress
Photo © H M Aitken

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