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The King's Own Scottish Borderers: A Concise History [Kindle Edition]

Trevor Royle
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The King's Own Scottish Borderers is one of only two Scottish regiments never to have been amalgamated until it joined forces with The Royal Scots to form the 1st battalion of The Royal Regiment of Scotland in 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.



Formed in Edinburgh in 1689, its first operational role was to defend the city during the period of turmoil following the accession of William and Mary of Orange. That same year the regiment fought at the Battle of Killiecrankie, where they withstood a ferocious charge by the Highlanders supporting James II. Since then, the regiment has fought in most of the major campaigns fought by the British Army.



In 1887, the regiment became The King's Own Scottish Borderers. It served with distinction during the two World Wars and achieved nationwide fame in 1915 when Sergeant Piper Daniel Laidlaw won the Victoria Cross during the Battle of Loos. Despite coming under heavy fire he played his pipes in full view of the enemy, encouraging the Borderers with the sound of 'Blue Bonnets o'er the Border' and 'The Standard on the Braes o' Mar'.



This concise account of the King's Own Scottish Borderers puts its story into the context of British military history and makes use of personal testimony to reveal the life of the regiment.


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"It does what it says on the tin . . . packed with facts and a very useful bibliography" (Soldier)

"The author's ability to depict not just the history but also the personality of the Borderers is much to be admired" (National Trust Magazine)

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The sixth title in a series of eight regimental histories

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 343 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital (15 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00593M2J0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #318,043 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars kings own scottish 30 Oct. 2011
By Dave 01
Format:Hardcover
great book once you get passed the shared histories of other regiments. realy takes you heart of the regiment.well researched as all the concise books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kings own scottish borderers. Concise. History 8 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A very informative read although i spent 23 year in the first battalion a great deal of the matriel in the book is not common knowlage
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rare book 30 Dec. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Present for my dad he was delighted! He served with the KOSB in Egypt and we have never heard the last of it so hopefully the book should keep him amused for a while?
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5.0 out of 5 stars KOSB History 22 Dec. 2013
By Valiant
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A very good read as an ex KOSB i thought it was brilliant and very informative a graet tribute to a fine regiment
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4.0 out of 5 stars KOSB history book 12 Mar. 2009
By jb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I did find in the book the battles my grandfather fought. It is well written and easy to read.
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