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Scots Guards - Simpkins - Framed Print - 16"H x 12"W


Scots Guards - Simpkins - Framed Print - 16"H x 12"W

The Scots Guards, is one of the Foot Guards regiments of the British Army. Their origins lie in the personal bodyguard of King Charles I. Its lineage can be traced as far back as 1642, although it was only placed on the English Establishment in 1686.

The Scots Guards trace their origins back to 1642 when, by order of King Charles I, the regiment was raised by Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll for service in Ireland, and was known as the Marquis of Argyll's Royal Regiment.

It spent a number of years there and performed a variety of duties, but in the mid-1640s, during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, the regiment took part in the fight against James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose.

In 1809 they made their way to the Iberian Peninsula where they were to take part in the Peninsular War where they took part in the crossing of the River Douro and took part in the Battle of Talavera, one of the bloodiest and most bitter of engagements during the war. They went on to take part in the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro, the Battle of Salamanca, the Siege of San Sebastián and the Battle of the Nive.

At the Battle of Waterloo, the Scots Guards were positioned on the ridge just behind Hougoumont Farm, that would be a key position during the battle.

In more recent History they took part in the Battle of Mons, the First Battle of the Marne, the Battle of the Aisne, the First Battle of Ypres, the Battle of Aubers Ridge, the Battle of Loos, the First Battle of the Somme, the Battle of Passchendaele and the Second Battle of the Somme and in Autumn the regiment took part in the final battles of the war on the Western Front.

They took part in WWII, they fought in Norway, Egypt and Libya. They took part in the defensive Battle of Medenine, the Landing at Salerno, the Battle of Monte Cassino and against the Gothic Line.

After that, they were deployed to Malaya (during the Malayan Emergency),  Cyprus,  Suez Canal ZoneNorthern Ireland (during the Troubles), The Falklands (During the Falklands War) and Iraq

Interesting Fact:

During the Falklands War in 1982 the main force of the Scots Guards began its advance on the western side of Mount Tumbledown. During the course of the battle , men of the battalion launched a bayonet charge on the stout Argentinian defenders which resulted in bitter and bloody fighting, and was one of the last bayonet charges by the British Army.

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