Start My Family Tree Welcome to Geni, home of the world's largest family tree.
Join Geni to explore your genealogy and family history in the World's Largest Family Tree.

British Army - King's Own Scottish Borderers

Project Tags

view all



Image above from Army Service Numbers Blog
Badges - Left - 25th (The King's Own Borderers) Regiment of Foot - Adapted from eBay by CJB; Right - The King's Own Scottish Borderers courtesy of British Military Badges - Daniel Baker

King's Own Scottish Borderers
British Army - The Royal Regiment of Scotland
(Reflecting historic name changes)

2nd Battalion, 25th Regiment of Foot

25th (Edinburgh) Regiment of Foot

25th Foot, 2nd Battalion

25th (The King's Own Borderers) Regiment of Foot

25th Regiment of Foot

25th (Sussex) Regiment of Foot

Earl of Leven's Regiment of Foot

Earl Panmure's Regiment of Foot

Edinburgh Regiment of Foot

The King's Own Borderers

King's Own Scottish Borderers

Khyber Line Force

Scottish Borderers Militia

Semphill's Regiment of Foot


Please link profiles of those who served in the King's Own Scottish Borderers (including those in the "included" list above), to this project regardless of rank, conflict or nationality. People of note can be individually listed in Alphabetical Order below.

Regiments and Corps of the British Army

The Royal Regiment of Scotland


Getting Involved

Feel free to follow, request to collaborate

To join the project use the request link under "actions" at the top right of the page.


Geni's Project Plaza
Working with Projects
Wicked Wiki
Geni Wikitext, Unicode and images which gives a great deal of assistance.
See the discussion Project Help: How to add Text to a Project - Starter Kit to get you going!


King's Own Scottish Borderers

The King's Own Scottish Borderers was a line infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Scottish Division. On 28 March 2006 the regiment was amalgamated with ...

... to form the Royal Regiment of Scotland, becoming the 1st Battalion of the new regiment.

The King's Own Scottish Borderers is one of only two Scottish regiments never to have been amalgamated before 2006. It is also unusual in that it lost its Scottish status between 1782 and 1887 when it served as the 25th (Sussex) Regiment of Foot.

Mottos - In Veritate Religionis Confido (I put my trust in the truth of religion); Nisi Dominus Frustra (Without the Lord, everything is in vain)

Uniform -

Corps March -

Nick-name -

Last Colonel-in-Chief - HRH the late Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, GCB, CI, GCVO, GBE

Notable commanders - John Cooper (Operation Banner, 1993–97)






1689 - 18th March - raised as the Earl of Leven's Regiment or Edinburgh Regiment of Foot by David Melville, 3rd Earl of Leven to defend Edinburgh against the Jacobite forces of James II.
1689 - 27 July - first action was at the Battle of Killiecrankie
1745 - fought at the Battle of Fontenoy as Semphill's Regiment of Foot
1746 - fought at The Battle of Culloden
1747 - Designated Earl Panmure's Regiment of Foot 1751 - ranked as 25th Regiment of Foot (based on its formation date). aka 25th (Edinburgh) Regiment of Foot.
1759 - 1st Aug - fought at the Battle of Minden
1782 - The 25th was the county regiment of Sussex when it became known as the 25th (Sussex) Regiment of Foot.
1801 - awarded the right to bear the emblem of the Sphinx for their role in the Battle of Alexandria
1805 -the recruiting area was moved to the Scottish Borders region and the regiment became known as the King's Own Borderers Regiment of Foot (1st and 2nd Battalions).
1878-1880 - the Second Anglo-Afghan War renamed the Khyber Line Force while guarding the lines of communication between Kabul and Peshawar.
1881 - The King's Own Borderers
1887 - known as the King's Own Scottish Borderers
1887-1901 - Victorian crown on badge
1900 - Scottish Borderers Militia - a 3rd militia was formed - for service in the Second Boer War, and embarked for South Africa two months later. Most of the battalion returned home in June 1902
1901-1952 - Tudor (King's) Crown on badge
after 1952 - Queen's Crown on badge.
2006 - Amalgamated with The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) - to form The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion - the Royal Regiment of Scotland (Black Hackle).

Further amalgamated with ...

to form Royal Regiment of Scotland

Battle honours

  • Namur (1695); Minden (1759); Egmont-op-Zee (1799); Egypt (1801); Martinique (1809); Afghanistan (1878–80); Chitral (1895); Tirah (1897–98); Paardeberg, 2nd Anglo-Boer War (1900–02)
  • World War I: Mons, Aisne, Ypres, Loos, Somme, Arras, Soissonnais-Ourcq, Hindenberg Line, Gallipoli, Gaza
  • World War II: Dunkirk, Sword Beach, Odon, Caen, Arnhem, Flushing, Rhine, Bremen, Burma Campaign (Ngakyedauk Pass, Imphal, Irrawaddy)
  • Kowang-San (1951–52); Gulf War (1991)


Colonels of the Regiment[

The Earl of Leven's, or Edinburgh, Regiment of Foot

25th (Edinburgh) Regiment of Foot - (1751)

25th (the Sussex) Regiment of Foot - (1782)

25th (the King's Own Borderers) Regiment of Foot - (1805)

  • 1805–1831: Gen. Hon. Charles FitzRoy
  • 1831–1856: Gen. Sir Henry Frederick Campbell, KCB, GCH
  • 1856–1862: Lt-Gen. Sir Henry Somerset, KCB, KH
  • 1862–1882: Gen. Henry Dive Townshend

The York Regiment (King's Own Borderers) - (1881)

  • 1882–1903: Gen. William Craig Emilius Napier The King's Own Scottish Borderers - (1887)
  • 1903–1905: Lt-Gen. Somerset Molyneux Wiseman-Clarke, CB
  • 1905–1910: Gen. Sir Frederick William Edward Forestier Forestier-Walker, KCB, GCMG
  • 1910–1923: Lt-Gen. Sir Charles Louis Woollcombe, KCB, KCMG
  • 1923–1928: F.M. Sir Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, KT, GCB, OM, GCVO, KCIE
  • 1928–1938: Brig-Gen. Duncan Alwyn Macfarlane, CB, DSO
  • 1938–1944: Maj-Gen. Sir Edward Nicholson Broadbent, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO
  • 1944–1954: Maj-Gen. Eric Grant Miles, CB, DSO, MC
  • 1954–1961: Maj-Gen. James Scott-Elliot, CB, CBE, DSO
  • 1961–1970: Lt-Gen. Sir William Francis Robert Turner, KBE, CB, DSO, DL
  • 1970–1980: Brig. Francis Henderson Coutts, CBE
  • 1980–1985: Brig. Andrew Dewe Myrtle, CB, CBE
  • 1985–1990: Brig. Robert William Riddle, OBE
  • 1990–1995: Brig. Colin Grierson Mattingley, CBE
  • 1995–2001: Maj-Gen. Timothy Toyne Sewell
  • 2001–2006: Maj-Gen. John Cooper, DSO, MBE

Notable Personnel

Names with Bold links are to Geni profiles. Other links take you to external biographical web pages.



  • Private BROOKS [BROOKES]. Died c. DEC 1901 during Anglo-Boer War.


  • John Cooper (Operation Banner, 1993–97)





















Sources, References and Further Reading

  • Brereton, J M A Guide to the regiments and Corps of the British Army on the Regular Establishment (Bodley Head) 1985
  • Griffin, P D Encyclopedia of Modern British Army Regiments (Sutton Publishers) 2006
  • Lumley, Goff Amalgamations in the British Army 1660-2008 (Partizan Press 2009)

// this project is in History Link