The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

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

1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Organisation, People, Places and Procedures

An Argyll lapel badge

Regimental Crest

  • Princess Louise personally designed the crest in 1881

  • the crest has a gold Cypher and Coronet of Princess Louise inside a circle

  • on the left is a gold boar"s head which is the crest of the Argylls

  • Motto: - "Ne Obliviscaris" (do not forget)

  • on the right is a gold cat which is the badge of the Sutherlands

  • Motto: - 'Sans Peur' (without fear)

  • this is bounded by a green circular border around which are written the words,


  • all of this is contained within a gold wreath of thistles


Organisational Structure

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was a Regiment comprised of:-
  • Regular Army - 1st Battalion The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

  • Territorial Army - 51st Highland Regiment
    • "D" Company Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
    • "E" Company Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

  • Army Cadet Force
    • The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Battalion ACF
    • Detachments of The West Lowland Battalion ACF

  • Combined Cadet Force - Dollar Academy CCF
The Argylls are a highland Infantry Regiment with a strong tradition of attracting many generations of the same family to serve in the ranks.

They have a long and distinguished record in the service of the Crown. Through the years, 16 men of the various Regiments have been awarded the Victoria Cross, click for details of Victoria Cross winners.


Colonels in Chief

  1. 1872 - Princess Louise, at the age of 24, was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders by Queen Victoria. click for details of the life of Princess Louise and her involvement with the Regiment.

  2. 1881 - Princess Louise was appointed first Colonel-in-Chief of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders on the amalgamation of the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders with the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders.

  3. 1914 - Princess Louise was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's) by King George V. She remained in this position until her death in 1939. The position then remained vacant for 8 years.

  4. 1947 - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on her 21st birthday, was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders by King George VI. (to date, at April 2004, a total of 57 years)


Colonel of the Regiment

Major General A J N Graham, CBE was Colonel of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.


Regimental Colours

All major battle honours of the Regiment are emblazoned on the colours.

Here is a detailed list and synopsis of the Battle Honours of the Regiment, the Victoria Cross winners and the Freedoms of the Burgh conferred on the Regiment . . . . . . . . .

There is information on :-
1914 - 1918 - THE GREAT WAR
1939 - 1945 - SECOND WORLD WAR
1950 - 1951 - KOREAN WAR


Queens Colours

New Colours were presented to the battalion by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Edinburgh, 1996


Regimental Dress

                Sgt Alan Young at the Balaklava Ball, Episkopi, Cyprus 1983 with Sgt Eve Milne, WRAC
Photo © A Young

Sgt Alan Young at the Balaklava Ball, Episkopi, Cyprus 1983 with Sgt Eve Milne WRAC wearing WRAC mess dress, standing between two A&SH Drummers on Regimental Silver guard.

Note the painting of the "Thin Red Line" at the Battle of Balaklava in the background.

More details and sample photographs can be seen here of the various forms of dress worn by soldiers in the Regiment . . . . . . . . .


Battle Cry

The Regiment's battle cry is "Cruachan!" which was the war cry of the Clan Campbell. The alternative battle cry, "Highlanders!", is also used by the Regiment.


Regimental Tunes

  • Regimental March 1st Battalion - "The Campbells Are Coming" - a 6/8 quick march
  • Regimental March 2nd Battalion - "The Highland Laddie" - a 2/4 quick march
  • Regimental Charge - "Monymusk" - a strathspey in common time
  • Regimental Funerals - "Lochaber no More" - a 3/4 funeral salute, played by a solo piper
  • More details can be seen here of the tunes played during the Battalion daily routines and at ceremonial parades . . . . . . . . .

  1. Pipe Majors 91st and 93rd, 98th 91st/lst Battalion

  2. Click for a full list and more information

  3. Drum Majors 91st/lst Battalion

  4. Click for a full list and more information

  5. Band Masters 91st/lst Battalion

  6. Click for a full list and more information


Regimental Mascot

The mascot is a Shetland pony stallion, called "Cruachan".
He is named after "Cruachan" a Munro mountain in Glen Etive, north Argyll, Scotland; and the war cry of Clan Campbell.
He is cared for by the Pony Major - a serving soldier in the Battalion.
More information on Cruachan can be seen here . . . . . . . . .


Regimental Headquarters & Museum

Stirling Castle is the historical home of the Regiment. It served for many years as headquarters for the Battalion and training depot for recruits. The Regiment no longer uses the Castle, but the Regimental Museum is situated there in the King's Old Building.

More details can be seen here of the history of the Castle, its use as a Regimental Depot by the Argylls and its modern use as a National Monument under the aegis of Historic Scotland . . . . . . . . .


Regimental Service

During the First World War, the Regiment expanded to 27 Battalions. The 1st and 2nd Battalions were regular soldiers, the others were made up of Special Reserve, Territorial and War Service soldiers.

The various Battalions of the Argylls served as part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in World War I. Here is a Map of the Great War . . . . . . . . .

After WWI, the Regiment contracted to 2 Battalions.

During World War II, the Regiment again expanded to form 9 Battalions and saw service in Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Malaya, Abyssinia, Crete, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, North-West Europe, Egypt, Northern Ethiopia and The Sudan.

After WWII, the Regiment again contracted to 2 Battalions. Both of these Battalions remained independent until 1948, when they finally amalgamated to form the present-day 1st Battalion A&SH.

Since WWII, men of the 1st Battalion have served across the world both in active service and in peace time activities. They have endeavoured at all times to carry out their duties with professionalism and courage and to uphold the proud name of one of Scotland's finest Regiments.

As well as training exercises in countries such as Australia, Belize, Canada, the Falkland Islands, Kenya, Nepal, Russia, and South Africa, the Battalion has served in the following countries:-
  • 1939 - Palestine
  • 1947 - Palestine
  • 1950 - Korea - Map of Korea . . . . . . . . .
  • 1953 - British Guiana
  • 1954 - Germany, Berlin
  • 1956 - Suez
  • 1958 - Cyprus - Map of Cyprus . . . . . . . . .
  • 1959 - Libya - Map of Libya . . . . . . . . .
  • 1960 - Germany, Lemgo
  • 1964 - Malaya and Singapore
  • 1965 - Borneo
  • 1967 - Aden - Map of Aden . . . . . . . . .
  • various dates - Germany
  • 1982 - Falkland Islands - Map of the Falkland Islands . . . . . . . . .
  • various dates - England
  • various dates - Scotland
  • various dates - Northern Ireland
  • 2004 - Iraq
  • More details can be seen here on the history of the Regiment . . . . . . . . .

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