Scottish Militaria

Scottish militaria is collected by enthusiasts around the world. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in Scottish military history and culture, with many people seeking out authentic pieces of Scottish militaria to add to their collections. Ceremonial Scottish militaria, such as uniforms, medals, and weapons, have been used to mark significant events such as the coronation of kings and queens, the opening of parliament, and the changing of the guard. The ceremonial uniforms worn by Scottish soldiers, such as the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, feature distinctive elements such as the Glengarry bonnet, plaid brooches, and sporrans.

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Collecting Scottish Militaria

Scotland has a long and proud military tradition, with many famous and historic Scottish regiments that have served in conflicts around the world.

Scottish soldiers were renowned for their bravery, skill, and ferocity in battle, and their reputation spread throughout Europe. They were often characterized by their distinctive tartan kilts, which became a symbol of Scottish identity and culture.

Over the centuries, Scottish soldiers fought in numerous battles and wars, both in Scotland and abroad. Some of the most famous conflicts involving Scottish soldiers include the Wars of Scottish Independence, the Battle of Bannockburn, and the Jacobite uprisings.

 

Popular Scottish militaria collectibles:

Here are some of the most well-known Scottish militaria:

  • Tartan kilts - Kilts are perhaps the most iconic piece of Scottish militaria. Originally worn as a practical garment by Scottish Highlanders, kilts became a symbol of Scottish identity and culture. Military regiments in Scotland often wear kilts as part of their ceremonial uniforms.
  • Glengarry caps - The Glengarry cap is a traditional Scottish cap that is often worn by Scottish soldiers in ceremonial dress. It is made from wool and features a band and a badge at the front.
  • Dirks - A dirk is a Scottish dagger that is traditionally worn by Highlanders. It is often seen as a symbol of Scottish military prowess and is sometimes worn as part of a Scottish military uniform.
  • Sporrans - A sporran is a pouch that is worn at the front of a kilt. It is often made from leather and features a fur or tassel decoration. Sporrans are often worn by Scottish soldiers as part of their ceremonial dress.
  • Shoulder belt plates -  Shoulder belt plates were originally used by Scottish soldiers during the 18th and 19th centuries and were worn as a form of military insignia on their shoulder belts or as decorative elements on their sporrans.  The design of these plates varied greatly depending on the clan or regiment they represented. Some featured intricate patterns and designs, while others displayed clan crests or symbols such as thistles or stags. Many were made from silver or brass and were often adorned with precious stones.
  • Medals - Scottish soldiers have been awarded medals for bravery and service throughout history. These medals, such as the Victoria Cross or the Military Cross, are highly prized pieces of Scottish militaria.
  • Regimental badges - Many Scottish regiments have distinctive badges that are worn on their uniforms. These badges often feature symbols or imagery that is associated with the regiment's history or traditions.
  • These items are just a few examples of the many types of Scottish militaria that exist. They are highly prized by collectors and enthusiasts around the world and are often seen as symbols of Scottish military history and culture.
  • Bagpipes - The bagpipes are a traditional Scottish instrument that have been used in military settings for centuries. Scottish regiments often feature bagpipes in their ceremonial parades and events.

 

Scottish Regiments

Militaria and war memorabilia from Scottish regiments attracts many collectors and enthusiast. Here are some Scottish regiments: 

 

The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)

This regiment was formed in 1633 and is one of the oldest regiments in the British Army. It has served in numerous conflicts over the centuries, including the Napoleonic Wars, World War I, and World War II.

 

The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)

This regiment was formed in 1739 and was originally tasked with policing the Scottish Highlands. It has served in numerous conflicts, including the American War of Independence, the Napoleonic Wars, and both World War I and II.

The Gordon Highlanders - This regiment was formed in 1881 and is named after the Duke of Gordon. It has served in many conflicts, including the Boer War, World War I, and World War II.

The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) - This regiment was formed in 1881 and was originally known as the Scottish Rifles. It was disbanded in 1968, but its traditions were carried on by other Scottish regiments.

 

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

This regiment was formed in 1678 and is one of the senior regiments of the British Army. It has served in numerous conflicts, including the Napoleonic Wars, World War I, and both Gulf Wars.

 

The Scots Guards

This regiment was formed in 1642 and is one of the five Foot Guards regiments of the British Army. It has served in numerous conflicts, including the Falklands War and both Gulf Wars.

Each regiment has its own unique history and traditions, which are often reflected in their uniforms, badges, and other regalia. Scottish regiments continue to serve in the British Army today, and their traditions and heritage remain an important part of Scottish culture.

 

Most significant battles involving Scottish Regiments:

Scottish regiments have fought in numerous battles throughout history, many of which are well-known and have become legendary in military history.

These battles are just a few examples of the many important engagements in which Scottish regiments played a crucial role throughout history.

 

Battle of Bannockburn (1314) - This was a decisive battle in the Wars of Scottish Independence, where Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce defeated a much larger English army. Scottish soldiers fought in the famous schiltron formations, tightly packed spearmen that proved effective against the English cavalry charges.

Battle of Flodden (1513) - Scottish forces, led by King James IV, faced off against English forces led by King Henry VIII. The Scottish army, consisting mostly of spearmen, was outmaneuvered and ultimately defeated by the English longbowmen.

Battle of Waterloo (1815) - Scottish regiments, including the Scots Guards and the Highland Brigade, fought alongside British forces in this famous battle against Napoleon. The Scots Guards played a crucial role in the defence of Hougoumont Farm, while the Highland Brigade launched a heroic but ultimately unsuccessful charge against the French lines.

Battle of the Somme (1916) - Scottish soldiers, serving in the 15th (Scottish) and 51st (Highland) Divisions, fought alongside British forces in this major battle of World War I. Scottish soldiers suffered heavy losses in the first day of the battle, but went on to play a crucial role in capturing important objectives later in the battle.

Battle of El Alamein (1942) - Scottish regiments, including the Black Watch and the Highland Light Infantry, fought alongside British forces in this famous battle in North Africa during World War II. Scottish soldiers played a key role in the final victory, with the 51st Highland Division playing a significant part in the successful breakout from the battle.

 

You will find a diverse mix of Scottish militaria for sale on Collexchange website.

 

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