Queen's Own Highlanders

(Seaforth & Camerons)



All photos taken at the Gathering 2016 can be viewed at the link below



Application forms for joining a branch that is close to you can be downloaded by Clicking HERE


Obituary Page last updated on  27/09/2016 Bobby Hughes Obituary and Funeral details are now up        

Photo Page last updated on 26/06/2016 Margaret Munro Edinburgh Branch AFD Parade 2016
Pullover will Travel has been updated


Forecast of Events 2016

Cenotaph Parade

This year, the Cenotaph Parade will take place on Sunday 13th November in central London.  It will be the 3rd time that our Regiment has fielded a contingent there.

We have submitted our application form for 60 tickets to the Royal British Legion anI very much hope that we will be awarded that number - we will find out what our confirmed allocation is on the 29th July.

To Read more and book your place go to one of the links below.

Giles Nevill C F G B



The Moray Loons 2016

The Moray loons will be held in the Seaforth Club Elgin on the 4th of November 2016
This year is slightly different as you will pay your entrance fee at the door,I will still need to know if you are attending to give Irene numbers of those attending.

You can call me on 0773974661 or email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let me know if you wish to attend.

Please can I have your names in Now if Possible

I am hoping for a good turnout and look forward to meeting up with you all

Seoras McIntosh for the Moray Loons Committee

Latest News for September 2016


“The Regimental Association is working hard, in conjunction with Highland Council, to erect a Memorial in Inverness to commemorate the fallen Queen’s Own Highlanders. I need the details, name/address and/or telephone number, of the next of kin of our soldiers listed below so that we can seek their permission to have their relatives names inscribed on the Memorial.

LCpl WA McIntyre – N Ireland – 11 Sept 72

Pte J Hesketh – N Ireland – 10 Dec 73

Pte Al MacMillan – N Ireland – 8 July 79

LCpl D Lang – N Ireland – 24 Aug 79

LCpl DA Wares – N Ireland – 24 Aug 79

LCpl V MacLeod – N Ireland – 27 Aug 79

All answers to the email address below please

Thank you in anticipation.
Maj E Usborne
Association Secretary

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Welfare Bulletin 29

Dear All,

Please find attached Regimental Association Bulletin 29 Jobs, which details a selection of the latest jobs available in Scotland. Alongside a discounted ticket offer for the ‘Support Our Services Day’ at Musselburgh Racecourse this Sunday. As this will be of interest to Scottish servicemen, veterans and their families and the Armed Forces Community.

Please note that Clockwork Removals are still looking for a Driver and are keen to recruit a former serviceman/woman from the Regiment.
Maurice Gibson



 Royal Regiment of Scotland Regimental Association

Dear All,
I am looking for your support on the issue below.

Would you please advertise to your antecedent community that WO1 (Command Sgt Major) Jason Dickson SCOTS is to hold a number of open evenings
in Edinburgh and Glasgow initially on the subject of creating a Royal Regiment of Scotland Regimental Association.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson


Dear All,

Please find the timings and partners for the 23rd. If you see anyone I haven't mentioned and you are in touch with them, may I ask you to pass this on, thank you.


 BOBBY HUGHES (Brother of Colin)

Bobby was not a QO HLDR however as a former RA National Serviceman and Liverpool Jock he was a great supporter of all things QO HLDRS. As recently as last weekend accompanied by brother Colin he helped at the Highland Military Tattoo at Fort George.

Richard Grisdale informed me that Bobby suffered a brain haemorrhage in the early hours and after speaking to Colin he confirms that Bobby is in a coma in intensive care and things don't look good. Thoughts are with them. CFGB
Yours aye

Inverness Branch
The Royal British Legion
Breakfast Club Flyer

Hi All,
Can you please print out the attached and advertise this service to all people that you think might benefit from it.  
Thank you in advance for you assistance with this event.




Dear All,
See attached certificate and letter from Erskine thanking us for our Gathering Drumhead Service donation.
Yours aye,
Click on Image to read.


Latest News for August 2016

Warning Order: Borneo/Aden 50th Anniversary Reunion

This could also be of interest to Queen’s Own Highlanders who served with the A and SH

The Chairman of The Regimental Association, Colonel Donald Ross asked me to organise a Borneo/Aden Veterans Reunion to celebrate Borneo/Aden 50th Anniversary in 2017. I have accepted the challenge and with the help of others will form a Committee to organise and oversee the event in conjunction with the Regimental Secretary and Treasurer, Major Jim Tilley.

To read more go to one of the links below



Please find a copy of the Edinburgh Branch's September newsletter

George Givens


Job Opportunity

Dear All,

Guy Macpherson-Grant has contacted me about a job(s) opportunity for a couple at his beautiful family Castle and Estate, which is located in Speyside, Banffshire between Aberlour and Cromdale (A95) beside the River Spey and Avon.
The Job(s) description is attached and interested parties should contact Guy as per the details below;

Guy Macpherson-Grant

Ballindalloch Trust
Ballindalloch Castle
AB37 9AX
M: 07968 728 575
O: 01807 500 205

E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.W:
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson


 Museum Newsletter August 2016

Please find attached the August 2016 edition of the Newsletter for your delectation.

Kind Regards
John Bailey MBE
The Highlanders' Museum
(Queen's Own Highlanders Collection)



The new Veterans First Point- Highland Project (“V1P Highland”)

It is with pleasure that we write to inform you about a new service for Veterans and their families living in the NHS Highland area.

Funded until April 2017 initially, the service has been operational from 1st July 2016 forming a partnership between NHS Highland, Veterans First Point (Scotland) and Poppyscotland Inverness.
To read more go to link below. 




 Save Fort George

I have been asked by one or two of you what the Association is doing about saving Fort George and there answer is as follows:-
Rather that we signed the P&J one than start another one as we feel you would get more impact with one big one rather than several smaller ones

I have put the link below for you to go to the P&J to do this
Seoras McIntosh

Save Fort George Click LINK

 Queen's Own Highlanders Cenotaph Contingent - Call to March!

This year, the Cenotaph Parade will take place on Sunday 13th November in central London. This will be the 3rd time that our Regiment has fielded a contingent.
 I am delighted to say that our request for 60 tickets for this year’s Cenotaph parade has been accepted by the Royal British Legion who have most graciously awarded us our full allocation.

To view more and see name list so far go to the link below and it will open in your brouser.


Giles Nevill

 Association Pipes & Drums

The Association Pipes and Drums will play at the following events:

Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August  - The Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy

Saturday 27th August  - The Cameron Highlanders lunch Gathering at Cameron Barracks.

Wednesday 31st August  - approx 7.30pm outside the Town House, Inverness prior to
Northern Meeting Piping Competition.

Sunday 13th November  - Remembrance Day, Inverness.

Colin Gilmour

Slash Millard

Photo of cake at Funeral of Slash Millard.
Read more in the guestbook page.

Click on image to enlarge.


Glen Lawson

  Highland Military Tatoo Fort George 8th-11th September 2016-Volunteer Stewards

If you wish to read more or take part then go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye
Bob Towns


Latest News for July2016

Golfers Day Out at Aboyne 2016

Dear Golfers and potential sponsors

I invite you to support the ABF The Soldiers Charity, the British Army's National

Charity founded in 1944. Every Soldier who serves donates one day's pay to the

charity. 50% of funds raised are donated to serving soldiers and veterans in need.

The other 50% is offered in grants to other charities for example, Poppy Scotland,

Erskine a Scottish charity who have cared for our veterans for 100 years, other

charity's grants are donated to, Blesma, SSAFA, Scottish War Blinded, Gurkha

Welfare Trust and Combat Stress to name a few.

To read more go to the link below

Catherine Robertson Ross MBE




General Sir Chandos Blair’s Medals.

As a number of people know the museum was informed about the sale of Gen Sir Chandos Blair’s medals at open auction. The museum was determined to bid on these medals to try to secure them to bring them home to where they belonged.

To read more go to one of the links below

John Bailey MBE


The Highlanders' Museum



There is an update on Bruno in the Guestbook

Robbie Mackintosh

Can You Help?

I am writing seeking information about a former ship mate of myself - yes I am contacting you about- someone whom I served with on a ship...I am looking for 24824342 PTE PETER JOHNSTONE. ex 23 Ormlie Crescent Thurso, Peter and myself both served in the now long since disbanded Royal Naval Auxiliary Service, Peter until his leaving to join the Queens Own. Myself remaining until disbandment in the defence review of 1996 when the R.N.X.S was disbanded. I am Calum Mackenzie / Leading Naval Auxiliary Man 22798 of the Orkney R.N.X.S unit / Port Headquarters / Group Headquarters Northern Isles (Orkney/Thurso/Shetland) we both served on the *X.S.V Loyal Proctor *(X.S.V = Auxiliary Service Vessel -couldn't be R.N.A.S because of previous allocation to the fleet air arm = Royal Naval Air Station. The reason for my enquiry is as simple as seeking to get in contact with a fellow ship mate and once very good friend.
Yours Sincerely Mr Calum Mackenzie, Glencoe, Sunnybank, Road, St.Ola Orkney Islands KW15 1TP
01856874552 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lt Col David Murray

“ Contrary to the rumours that have been travelling around the country over recent days Lt Col David Murray,  late CO of 4th/5th Cameron’s and a renowned piper and judge, is still in hospital in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset and will be shortly moving to a Nursing Home. His daughter, Alison, is keeping the Association informed of developments.”

Edward Usborne,
Association Secretary

 In Hospital

For those not on Facebook Bruno is in Raigmore Hospital Inverness ward 5C having had the toes removed on his right foot.
Latest is that he is to have his foot removed tomorrow.
More info when I get it.
Robbie Mackintosh


100 years after its inception, and having cared for over 85,000 veterans, Erskine is now known as Scotland’s foremost provider of care for veterans and their spouses.

The Gathering Committee selected Erskine to benefit from the collection taken at the Drumhead Service. Grant's Tent Hire from Elgin, the firm that provided the Marquee's for the Gathering contributed a further £200. Bob Simpson the photographer also contributed and a private donation brought the total to £1965.40.

Michael Parkes the Erskine Area Representative is seen receiving the cheque from Gathering Committee Members on your behalf.

Thank you all.




Regimental Association Bulletin

Dear All,

Please find attached Regimental Association Bulletin 20 Jobs, which details a selection of the latest jobs available. As this will be of interest to Scottish servicemen, veterans and their families and the Armed Forces Community, it is requested that this bulletin is given the widest distribution.

Kind regards

Maurice Gibson


Piper Colin Hughes

Wearing Forbes Kilt and 1st Bn Liverpool Scottish Cap Badge  to remember the lads who fell on the Somme serving with 10th( Liverpool Scottish) Bn, The Kings Regiment, Liverpool.  01 07 16.

View the embedded image gallery online at:

 Inverness Branch Parade/Highland Games 2016

The Inverness Branch RBLS is holding a Parade in conjunction with this year’s Highland Games at the Bught Parks on the 16th July.

To read more go to one of the links below.


 Latest News for June2016


Many members of the Regimental Family were asking Ben Higgins for advice at the Gathering regarding the possibility of making a claim for hearing loss against the MOD (sustained whilst in service after 1987). He has therefore asked that I pass on the following:

To read more go to one of the links below






With the Gathering now a very fond memory, I thought I would remind people about a few things happening around the Edinburgh Branch over the next few months – namely:

George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

To read more and print off go to one of the links below.



Dear All,

Can I please request your support for this event?
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns

To read more or print off go to one of the links below.



ERSKINE celebrating 100 years, will currently benefit to the tune of £1638.40 thanks to the generosity of those who attended the Drumhead Service and Headstone Dedication on the Sunday. If you missed the Service or missed the collection bags at the time you can still donate to RBS Account No 00237178 Sort Code 83 23 10 using ERSKINE as the reference.

Thank you one and all. CFGB

Yours aye,


Monday's edition of the Press and Journal - says it all!
George Givens


Regimental Golf Autumn Meeting

Dear All,

Some of you may have had 26th Aug as the date for the Highlanders Regimental Golf Autumn Meeting at Aboyne Golf Club.
For a number of reasons it has had to change and will now take place on Friday 23rd September 2016 at the Aboyne Golf Club.
Please amend your diaries and I hope that as many ‘regimental golfers’ as possible will be able to attend.

If you have any question please contact Crawford McMaster on; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kind regards
Maurice Gibson

Thank You


                                            HUGH C MACKIE

Tain & District Museum Trust

Tain & District Museum Trust is going to launch an initial exhibition based on information gathered on the people named on the Royal Burgh's war memorial. This will happen at the Collegiate Church, Tower Street, Tain, Ross-shire IV19 1DY on Friday 1st July 2016 at 14:00 hours. We would like to invite your members to attend & would be grateful if you would reply with contact details and circulate this information to your members.

E-Mail:-This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to attend.
Derek Louden

 Roll Of Honour

The Roll of Honour was unveiled by Anne Blair  the widow of Lt Col David Blair, who lost his life at Warren Point.
The unveiing took place at the Gathering service on Sunday the 12th of June 2016. 
David Coulter, a former Battalion Padre and now Chaplain General, consecrated it, before it will be placed in the Queen's Own Highlander Room of the Regimental Museum as a permanent tribute.

The Oak Wood that makes up the plaque was gifted by Maj Gen Peter Grant Peterkin.



Photo by Tam McIvor


I realise that everyone’s minds will be on the gathering this week-end but thought I’d remind Branch members that there is other stuff going on as well! I have deliberately kept this newsletter short, sharp and to the point!

Happy reading,

George Givens
Edinburgh Branch


 The Gathering Team hard at work

The gathering team are working hard to get Cameron Barracks ready for you to attend Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons) Gathering on Saturday and Sunday 2016.
The photos also include some of the team getting your name tags ready for you.
I can assure you, hard work was being done by all

Photos Seoras McIntosh

Missing out of photo1 is Brenda Ross and Seoras McIntosh
Click on image to enlarge

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Over 200 people have now indicated that they will be visiting the Museum on the Saturday morning. Coaches will therefore be leaving Cameron Barracks at 10.00 am on Saturday 11th June to take those who have requested transport out to the Fort.

To read more go to one of the links below





I have received an open invitation from Hugh Mackie, the Chairman of RBLS Inverness for those in Inverness on the Friday evening to attend either or both the renamed Cameron Highlanders Bar or the Seaforth Highlanders Function Suite. Newly refurbished and the official opening is at 8pm. All welcome music and buffet. Thank you Hugh, appreciated. CFGB

Yours aye,

Terry McQueen has asked me to let everyone know the the Legion Club in Inverness is fully aware of the impending Blue Hackle invasion of the town and are preparing for the onslaught.  Also that the Club has now been relocated to the back portion of the building and that access is now where the rear of the Club was, i.e. opposite the Tesco supermarket.  Please note that there is no longer access from Huntly Street.  Terry also asked me to pass on that food is available, but only up until 9.00 pm
See you all on Friday night
George Givens


Many of you will know that Ben Higgins works for the government’s Veterans Agency. Ben has produced a very handy guide to Pensions and Welfare, which is attached. Please take a look as some of it might well affect you.

For those of you going to the Gathering, Ben will be available for anyone seeking advice on Saturday 11th June  

George Givens
Gathering Committee


 Open Invitation to Attend The Highlanders 4 SCOTS Highlands Games and All Ranks Party - 7th July 2016

Lt Col Leigh Drummond MBE (Commanding Officers) and All Ranks of The Highlanders 4 SCOTS, Bourlon Barracks,

Plumer Road, Catterick Garrison, N Yorks, DL9 3AW invite you to visit and enjoy the annual Battalion Highland Games and All Ranks Party on Thursday 7th July.

To read more go to one of the links below



Latest News for May2016


Well, we have now exceeded the 800 target for attendance and in fact have nearly hit the 1000 mark!

Brenda at RHQ came back from holiday last week to a mountain of application forms and has been busy ever since updating the spreadsheet!

I have attached the latest list of people who are now going to be in Inverness next month.

If anyone is intending on being in the area for longer than the week-end, please note that Jacobite Cruises are giving a 10% discount for any Queen's Own Highlanders and their families who fancy a guided trip around Loch Ness. When booking, just let them know you will be attending the Gathering

Names in Red on the list are those who have signed up since the last list was published

Happy reading
George Givens

 Job Opportunity at the
Highlanders Museum
(Queen's Own Highlanders Collection)

To read more go to one of the links below,




Dear All,

Just to inform you that the guestbook is now up and running again

Seoras McIntosh

 Museum Newsletter May 2016

Please find attached the May 2016 Newsletter, we hope you enjoy this edition?

Kind Regards

John Bailey MBE



A Date for your Diary - 30 June 2016 - the Centenary of the Somme

Dear All,

On the 1 July 1916 the Somme Offensive, the Franco-British contribution to the Allied offensives began. The opening day was the worst day in the history of the British Army with some 57,470 casualties. By the time the battle was over in December the losses from the fighting would amount to one million killed or wounded.
To read more and book your tickets go to one of the links below.

Peter Grant Peterkin


Click to enlarge Flyer






I am a collector of tobacco related items and recently came across a cigarette case with the hand inscribed Regimental Motto, stags head with a crown between the antlers and a capital L beneath the crown.

Inside the same hand appears to have manually recorded their service engagements. These all appear to be WW1 sites such as Vimy, Rheims, Verdun etc. There are 41 sites listed eight of which have crosses against them.

Can you help me with this item?

Kind regards Guido.
Click on image to enlarge


If you have any information please get in touch with me at
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Latest News for April2016


Dear All,

It has been announced that Her Majesty The Queen has agreed the appointment of Major General RB Bruce CBE DSO as Colonel of The Royal Regiment of Scotland in succession to Major General JM Cowan CBE DSO with effect from 2nd July 2016.

Maurice Gibson



With 9 days to go before the official cut off date for applications, we have now reached a total of 758 names on the attendance list (as of 29th April 2016).  Let's get this figure moved to over the 800 mark by getting your forms sent in ASP (go to

For those of you that have already signed up, check out the attached list to see if your buddies are included, and if not, give them a call and find out why not!  (Names in Red are those that have been added since the last list was published)

UPDATE:  on the Saturday morning of the Gathering, Anne Blair, the widow of Lt Col David Blair, will be unveiling the commemorative headstone dedicated to all Queen's Own Highlanders who died on active service.  The solid oak headstone will then be placed in the Queen's Own Highlander Room of the Regimental Museum as a lasting tribute to their names

George Givens

For Gathering Committee


Many of you will remember David Coulter as the Battalion's Padre in Munster?  David is now Chaplain General and the army's most senior clergyman.   Along with Padre Ivan Warwick, David will be taking the service on the Sunday of the Gathering.  

If you haven't already done so, please sign up to the Gathering on and come along to say hello to David


George Givens




Time is running out fast! There is now only 13 days until the official cut off date for applications for the Gathering!!

So far we have 729 people signed up for our grand reunion - let's try and get this to over the 800 mark by checking out the Gathering List on

If you see any of your mates are missing, then give them a call and encourage them to sign up as soon as possible (forms are on telephone Brenda at Cameron Barracks 01463 224380)

 Latest News - 16 members of the Pipes and Drums of 4 SCOTS (The Highlanders) are coming up from Catterick and will be playing alongside our own Association Pipe Band.

If your name doses not appear on the list and you have paid by PayPal it could be that Seoras McIntosh has not received back the Gathering Information Sheet that he sent out to you. If you have NOT received the sheet then get in touch with Seoras on 01343 549550 ASAP.

George Givens

Highland Cross 34 on 18th June 2016

Dear All,
Please see the attached letter asking for your support as I take on the challenge of Highland Cross 34 on 18th June 2016.

I do hope you will consider this request and may ultimately support me.

Kind regards
Maurice Gibson

I have set up a Just Giving page as follows if that is easier;


Legion Scotland

For info:  acknowledgement of the £40.00 donation to Legion Scotland from the raffle held on the bus coming back from Alrewas.
George Givens


Royal regiment of Scotland

Dear All,

As many of you already know the Royal regiment of Scotland will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on Friday 22nd April 2016 in Edinburgh. We would like to extend our invitation to you all to attend the events planned and support our efforts in making this a day that will reap maximum publicity for The Regt and our combined histories.

Outline of events. From early morning we will have a series of static stands on the Castle Esplanade with various types of dress, weapons and vehicles on display for the public to view and interact with. From 10 am we will have the SCOTS Band and 2 SCOTS Pipes and Drums performing on the Esplanade before the first public recital of our new anniversary composition “Decennial.” At 11 am a parade headed by the Band and our Regtl Mascot will march from the Castle gates down to the city chambers for an inspection by the Deputy Provost before continuing to the Regtl Canongate Kirk for a service beginning at noon.

We would be delighted to see you within the Kirk or lining the Royal Mile in support of our soldiers. Below I have included a small table listing events in order and to greater detail:

Ser Timing Location Action / Remarks
1 0900 Esplanade Static display setup complete
2 0930 RHQ Col of Regt and guests assemble for press conference
3 1000 Esplande SCOTS Band ready to commence performance on Esplanade, 2 SCOTS Ps & Ds primed for first recital of new Regtl composition
4 1040 Col of Regt, Regtl Sec and Comd Sgt Maj depart for City Chambers in staff car
5 1050 Esplanade Band forms up at entrance of drawbridge with Regtl Mascot
8 1100 Esplande Parade departs from Esplanade down the Royal Mile
9 1110 City Chambers Parade halts at dais for inspection and address by Deputy Provost
10 1130 City Chambers Parade departs for Regtl Kirk
11 1145 Cannongate Kirk Parade halts outside the Kirk, weapons are collected and troops file into Kirk for commencement of Service
12 1200 Cannongate Kirk All guests and VIPs have arrived and are seated. Service begins
13 1300 Cannongate Kirk Service ends, guests and VIPs depart. Parade reforms outside the Kirk
14 1310 Cannongate Kirk Parade departs for coaches at Broad Pavement/Abbey Strand

Please feel free to contact the Regtl Adjt, Capt Andy Kirk on 0131 310 5155 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require more information.

Your aye

Maurice Gibson



Neil Forteath

Dear All,

Rory and Katie Forteath and Joanne McGregor would like to welcome you all to a Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the life of Neil Forteath.

The Service will take place on Friday May 6th 2016 at the Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh at 13.00 hrs.

A reception will be held after the Service at avenue near the Kirk.

Kind regards
Maurice Gibson

 John Martin

Not sure if the attached photo is of use to you, the only name known, is John Martin, 4, Drumfrochar Road, Greenock.

John, who was my uncle, is in front row, centre of the three to the right of the sign, he died in Birmingham, about 15 years ago.

John Livingstone
Click to Enlarge

Neil Forteath

Neil Forteath’s funeral will be held in Edinburgh on Tuesday April 5th and is a Private Family affair.

However there will be a Service of Remembrance at the Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh at a date to be published after Tuesday’s funeral.

Some have asked who RG Forteath is. This is Rory, Neil’s son who lives and runs a business in Edinburgh.

Kind regards

Maurice Gibson


Festival of Museums at the Highlanders Museum Friday 13th May at 7pm.

Tickets  £10, phone Lynsey on 0131 310 8765

Grab your cultural passport because we are heading on a trip around the world! Join us for this eye-opening look at some of the many diverse and colourful countries in which the Highland regiments have served over the centuries. Immerse yourself in world cultures starting in the Spain of 1807 when our troops fought Napoleon’s army in the Peninsular war, right through to our involvement in Argentina in 1982 during the Falklands War.

  • Museum Guided Tour
  • Live music by Accordion Too (James Ross: clarinets and Robert Wallace: button accordion)
  • Live poetry readings by Ken Cockburn
  • Handle original artefacts
  • Short talk by retired Queens Own Highlander.
  • Wine and nibbles
    Linsey Easton


 Latest News for March2016

THE GATHERING UPDATE (as at the 11/03/2016)






There are now over 530 people who have signed up to attend the Gathering – please see the attached list (if your best mate isn’t on the list, then why not give him a call and encourage him to sign up as soon as possible?).

We also have 124 people signed up so far to visit the museum at Fort George on the Saturday morning. Legion Scotland have very kindly provided some funding for refreshments at the Fort and we are hoping to have coffee/tea and perhaps a bacon roll or two laid on for all of our visitors. Once there you will be able to witness Glen Lawson officially unveiling the CONBAT anti-tank gun that he has so industriously been renovating – I have attached a photo of it (minus the spotting rifle, which is still being worked on).

You might also be wondering about the photo of the wooden headstone? Well, this is something else that will be unveiled during the visit. General G-P (Peter Grant-Peterkin) donated this piece of solid oak to the museum with the idea of turning it into a lasting tribute to all members of the regiment who died on active service. It has still to be engraved and polished, but it will eventually be on display in the Queen’s Own Highlander Room - with the names of all those on the Regimental Roll of Honour routered into its surface – thereby acting as a permanent mark of respect to the fallen of the regiment.

If you still haven’t signed up to the Gathering, then please go to, cough up your tenner per head, and follow the instructions on the Information page.


 Kilt In The Kermlin
By Lt Col H B H E Munro

A story that I extracted from the Queen’s Own Highlanders Magazine.
By kind permission of Brig H B H E Munro.
Thank you Sir
Seoras McIntosh
Click to read


Visit To Charlie Anderson

George Givens, Danny Carruthers and Bobby Munro visiting Charlie Anderson in the Astley Ainslie Hospital in Edinburgh yesterday 9th of March.
Margaret Munro

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A stone laying ceremony will be taking place at 1.30 pm on Friday 1st July 2016 at the People’s Palace in Glasgow to commemorate Walter Ritchie VC

 Walter was a Drummer in the 2nd Battalion the Seaforth Highlanders. He won his VC on the 1st July 1916 at Beaumont Hamel during the Battle of the Somme, when he rallied the troops by standing on the parapet of an enemy trench and, under heavy machine gun fire, repeatedly sounded the “Charge” on his bugle.

Colonel Mike White will be giving a speech on behalf of the Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association in honour of Walter, and it is hoped that as many Queen’s Own Highlanders as possible will be able to lend their support.

As the Council are laying on a Civic Reception after the stone laying, RHQ need to let the organisers know numbers. If you are able to attend, then please let us know as soon as possible. To avoid duplication, Strathclyde members should inform George Monaghan, and those from the Edinburgh Branch - please let Danny Carruthers know.

George Givens


Please find the attached newsletter from the Edinburgh Branch.  Amongst other things, it contains an account of the recent Association trip down to the National Memorial Arboretum for the dedication of the 1990-91 Gulf War Memorial.  This report will tie in very nicely with the photographs that Seoras McIntosh is posting on the photograph page.
Happy reading.

George Givens
Edinburgh Branch



Jimmy and Sue Ryan and members of Wally Tyrer's immediate family would like to thank all members of the Regimental Family for their kind messages of condolences and for Joe and Mary McDonald for attending Wally's funeral.  Wally had a good send off from family, friends, and members of the local branch of the Buffs
RIP Wally
Jimmy Ryan



Latest News for February2016


The AGM will be held on Thursday 14th April 2016 Lounge Bar RBLS Nairn Branch 1900 for 1930.
3 Cawdor Street Nairn
IV12 4QD

Bob Towns

Agenda attached. 


 Royal Regiment of Scotland
10 Years Young


Dear All,

The Royal Regiment of Scotland will be 10 years young on March 28th 2016 but as this falls over Easter The Regiment intends to hold its Birthday celebrations on Friday July 1st (Boxing Evening) and Saturday July 2nd
(Rugby 7’s Competition).

Maurice Gibson.

To read more click on one of the links below



The Gathering Committee met yesterday (17/02/2016) to check how the plans were progressing and to discuss a few points. Amongst a myriad of other things, it was decided to advertise in the local press for a show of interest of anyone capable of laying on the catering and bar over the week-end of the 11th/12th June:  The museum will be officially unveiling the Conbat anti-tank gun that Glen Lawson has so meticulously been restoring.
The attendance list now stands at 478 folk signed up to the Gathering with 112 wishing to visit the museum on the Saturday morning.
Please check out the list to see which of your muckers will be attending. If you haven’t already signed up then go to or telephone RHQ on 01463 224380 and Brenda will send you all the details

Over the last few weeks volunteers have been pinning posters up all over the north of Scotland in the hope that all those without access to social media will see the posters and sign up for the reunion.   As we were hoping for at least 1000 members of the regimental family we still have a bit of a way to go.   Please remember that the cut-off date is going to be the 9th May to give the committee time to finalise the arrangements and to get all the tickets, car passes, and programme posted out to individuals.
See you all in June
George Givens
Gathering Committee
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 Museum News Letter February 2016

Museum News letter is now attached for you to read

Seoras McIntosh
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The Edinburgh Branch 2016 Amalgamation Dinner on the 6th February was a great success. There was a good turnout of members and guests came from near and far (our furthest traveller was Maurice Stirling from Malta!).

George Givens welcomed everyone and asked for a moments silence to remember all fallen comrades who could not be with us on the night, especially the three young soldiers who tragically lost their lives twenty five years ago during the first Gulf War (John Lang, Neil Donald and Martin Ferguson). Eddie Maley said a very thoughtful Grace before the staff of Edinburgh Student’s Union kicked into action and proceeded to serve us a first class meal.

To read more go to one of the links below.



75 members & guests had a truly great night, best yet was mentioned. RSM Paddy Marshall & the Mess Staff (they deserved the collection of almost £350) of the BW, 3 SCOTS did us proud with CSM Ian Carlisle, PM Richard Grisdale and CSgt Ross Hunter also attending as guests.  Excellent pipes as always from Association PM John MacDonald, Andy Venters. Calum Mackenzie & Steve Spencer with "Sands of Kuwait" the highlight for me. We remembered absent friends read out by Robbie Mackintosh especially Neil, Martin & John.  Those currently in hospital or recovering were thought of and best wishes passed on.  RSM The Highlanders, 4 SCOTS, Ian Cordiner was chief guest and brought us up to speed with life in Catterick with a first class talk. The Bn is in good hands with this fine Moray Loon as RSM. Excellent raffle organised by Peter Finlayson.  Thank you for the prize donations raising £330.  Lapel badges, “free to members – donation to Erskine“ were distributed.     Seoras was on hand as usual to take the photographs, thank you. 
Thank you all.CFGB non finer.

Yours aye,

The 1st Battalion and the Wilkinson Sword of Peace.

 In 1983 the battalion was awarded with the Wilkinson Sword of Peace.
To read more go to the link below

Seoras McIntosh



Please find the attached letter drawing together some information from several sources regarding the Association's trip to the National Memorial Arboretum at the end of February.  I hope you find it useful.

Can individuals who are travelling independently (and not mentioned in the letter) please let me or Seoras know if you are attending, as we have to order sandwiches at the local British Legion following the ceremony

George Givens




 It is now four and a half months until the biggest Gathering yet of the Regimental Family of the Queen’s Own Highlanders (that is 131 sleeps!)

The latest list of attendees has now been posted on the Gathering website (go to and click on the Information tab for the list as at 29th January 2016). It shows that there are now 431 members of the family currently signed up – if you know of anyone not on the list, why not give them a call and find out if they know about the Gathering in June?

There appears however, to be about half a dozen folk who have paid by PayPal, but whose names do not appear on the list! Seoras has sent out proformas to this group but is still awaiting their return – if you are in this category please either send the info back to Seoras or give him a call on 07739746611.

Please note that the cut-off date for applications is the 9th May 2016 (the committee need this time to finalise catering, name badges, parking, security etc etc)

And finally – welcome on board our very latest overseas visitor – Hamish “Elvis” McConnachie, the Beach Bum from Alicante (his words, not mine!) Looking forward to seeing you at the Gathering, Hamish

George Givens
Gathering Committee



Update from son Mark:
Hi Bob, just another wee update on John. His recovery is going well, he's really pushed the physio and is on track to get home tomorrow. He's out of HDU and in ward 216 at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and would probably appreciate a quick visit if anyone can manage it before he's home tomorrow. I showed him all of the messages of support from the Blue Mafia and he was delighted, I think that really spurred him on with the physio! Please pass on my thanks to all for their support.




 Latest News for January2016


From son Mark: Just thought I'd give you an update on John. The bypass surgery has gone well and he's recovering slowly. He's still in a fair bit of pain and has had a few wee issues (fluid on the lungs and high blood pressure), which are normal for this kind of surgery. All in all, he's exceeding the consultants expectations and is well on track for a full recovery. One other small request, can you possibly pass on that visiting is restricted to family only at the moment. He's still in HDU and early in his recovery, so rest is key. Will inform you when it is ok to visit.
Yours aye,


In Hospital

Graham Brown (Bruno) is in Ward 5c Raigmore Hospital. Has had surgery to legs but don't have much info at the moment


John Sutherland

I went to visit John Sutherland this afternoon in ward 217 in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, he had his operation yesterday morning and is sitting up and dictating to all who come close. His wife and daughter are with him to make sure he stays where he is, he thinks he will be for about 2 weeks but is looking forward to going home. I will update you all on suds if there are any changes regards
George Fraser

John Sutherland update
John is doing well and hopes to get out soon but the medics don't agree with him. He may be moved out of H D U soon but within the same ward . He can now sit on his chair and hopes to get mobile soon. Regards
George Fraser


 Kilt Across The Artic

A adventure taken by the then Major
Seymour Munro (now Major General)
Taken from The Queen's Own Highlander 1982 Magazine.


CENOTAPH PARADE 2016 - time to get the ball rolling. This year, Remembrance Sunday will be on Sunday 13th November. Another big year with it being the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Anyone who would like to march this year, please either PM me on Facebook or send me an e-mail on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information -
E Mail adress
Mobile Phone Number
Where you stay

We should get a minimum of 48 tickets for this year’s parade, but I am going to apply for (and am hopeful of getting) 60 tickets from the RBL.

Please note, having marched or applied to march before does NOT mean that your name is on the list for this year, so please apply if you wish to march again or for the first time.

Please also note, last year 18 people who were selected to march had to pull out of our contingent for whatever reason, so it would be really good to have a strong reserve list of people wishing to march - if the last two years are anything to go by, there is a good chance that many people on this list will get the opportunity to march.

Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you shortly
Giles Nevill



Visited this afternoon with Jimmy Mutch.

Sandy Finnie
He is at home and looking much better than the last time I saw him. They have seen fit to drastically cut the number of pills he was taking everyday and this appears to have done the trick. Cheerfull as ever and him and Mutch revisited old times.

Vernon Nicoll
Vernon is also at home and looking tired but not too bad. His immune system is poor and therefore he catches everything that is going. Otherwise he is in good form and looking forward to getting better results on his next visit.

In addition:

John Sutherland
John phoned to say that after suffering a couple of heart attacks at the end of last year he is going into Aberdeen on the 22nd Jan for a triple bypass. He is likely to be in hospital for a couple of weeks.
We wish him every success.
Thoughts are with you all.
Yours aye,



Highlanders Newsletter 2015

Dear All
Happy New Year.
I have now completed my annual job as ‘Editor’ of the Highlanders Newsletter 2015, please see below for link;
The Highlander is online at in it’s various versions.
HMS Sutherland was on Operations and unable to communicate via normal means whilst the Newsletter was

being compiled so I attach their Winter Newsletter above by way of explaining what a busy year they have had.
I would ask you to pass the link to the Highlanders Newsletter 2015 on to anyone you think might be

interested in what the Regimental Family has been up to over the last 12 months.
Kind regards and happy reading, viewing.
Maurice Gibson

 Edinburgh Branch Newsletter- January 2016

A very happy New Year to one and all.
The latest edition of the Edinburgh Branch Newsletter gives details of our forthcoming Amalgamation Dinner on the 6th February 2016. Visitor from other Branches are more than welcome to attend but please remember to book your accommodation now as it is also the week-end when Scotland play England at Murrayfield.

Happy reading.
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch


A Very Happy 2016 to You All

My message to you all for 2016 is if you are not already a member of any of our association branches then this may be the year to join and give them you support.
Seoras McIntosh  CFGB


Happy New Year to you all and I hope it brings all you wish for.  As we start 2016  and as we remember absent friends we can look forward to the Gathering in June as well as the other planned events.  To assist with planning can I ask you, if you have not done so to get your Gathering Application Form  completed and submitted soonest. 

Yours aye,

Latest News for December2015



Look no further! What about booking a cheeky weekend in the Capital of the Highlands in June next year? -   Come along and experience the joys of having many assorted insults thrown at you from scallywags you haven’t seen in donkey’s years!
The latest list of those attending the Gathering has been posted on
Have a shufti and check out who has already signed up – that way you will be able to prepare some good quality counter-insults!

At the last count there are 346 members of the Regimental Family signed up to the Gathering.
Remember, this is a ticketed event so you need to book yourself in via
George Givens
Gathering Committee




I was in visiting Charlie Anderson today in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (Ward 105).  Charlie unfortunately had to have one of his legs amputated but is in remarkably good spirits!  Mick (Dinger) Bell and Kenny Urquhart were there at the same time recounting former footballing glories!  Charlie will be in the RIE for at least the next two weeks and would appreciate visitors if anyone is in the area
George Givens
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Charlie Liddle

I saw Charlie Liddle earlier in the week in the Infirmary at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. I gave him his generous annual Christmas present from the Association.
Charlie was in good form but he is very lame, he cannot now go out of the Infirmary on his own, and he has had his electric scooter taken off him. He reminded me that he was still the only Queens Own Highlander at the Royal Hospital. If anyone was interested in becoming an In Pensioner Charlie recommended the 4 day practice stay for which you get a return warrant to London.
He was very pleased that some of those that had gone to London for the Remembrance Sunday parade had found a moment to visit Charlie at the Royal Hospital.
However Charlie would welcome a Christmas card from any of his regimental friends and his address is:
In Pensioner Charlie Liddle
The Infirmary
Royal Hospital Chelsea
London SW3 4SR

So please when doing your cards this year drop Charlie Season's Greetings.

Peter Grant Peterkin

 Photo sent in by Mike McIntosh


Photo I came across of the Signal Platoon in Osnabruck 1966.


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Hospital Visit

Sandy Finnie has moved from Raigmore Hospital to Nairn Hospital.
Visitors welcome.

Nairn Town & County Hospital
Cawdor Road
IV12 5EE
Bob Towns


Sandy Finnie
Just been to visit.  Confined to bed but looking a lot better than the last time I saw him.  Still capable of telling it as it is!  Eddie Wallace visted yesterday.  Thistle Ward, Nairn Hospital, Visiting times 1400-1630 & 1800 - 2000.


Vernon Nicoll
Called in to see Vernon Nicoll at home.  Looking good despite his immune system being down.
Get well soon guys.  CFGB
Yours aye,

The Gulf War Memorial 27th/29th Feb


Dear all.

I have extended the time untill tomorrow morning to give you a chance to put your name down for this trip.

More details on the trip below under the same heading.

If you wish to put your name down please email me on:-
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The Inverness memorial is first and foremost a memorial to the Regiment and was initially to be in the form of a life size bronze of three figures, a piper, a figure in NI uniform and a figure in the uniform worn for the First Gulf War in 1991. The sculpture will be done in Edinburgh by Alan Herriot who has completed figures of pipers or soldiers on the North Inch in Perth, at the House of Bruar and for the Black Watch in Belgium. The bronze will be cast by Farquhar Ogilvie-Laing from Black Isle Bronze in Nairn. Costs are estimated at:

To read more go to one of the links below.
Bob Towns

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Latest News for November2015



Dear All,

With the kind permission of the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Black Watch, 3 SCOTS the Amalgamation Dinner, will again be held in the Sergeants’ Mess at Fort George.
The dress is Suit or Kilt/Trews.
To read more please go to one of the links below.
Bob Towns

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The Gulf War Memorial

Dear All,

The Gulf War Memorial is to be unveiled on 28th Feb 16.  Dave Chapman has kindly agreed to look after the families of the fallen. The Association will provide a coach starting at Inverness, via Edinburgh and Glasgow and Carlisle to Burton –on-Trent on 27th Feb returning on 29th Feb. The Association will make a block booking at a Premier Inn once numbers are known and individuals will then be asked to repay the Association.
Prices is around £117.00 per double room for two nights, Breakfast £12.00 each

Please can your members let Tosh and I know if they wish to attend by Monday 30th November 15.
Email:- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or Phone 01343 549550 (Evening Only)

The short notice is regretted but we need to ensure a good price for the Association for the available beds.
Association Secretary
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 Museum News

This Sunday 29th we are running a family activity day. Tickets are free if you download them from Historic Scotland’s website

Activities include:

Kids crafts – make your own shield and medal

Living History presentations

Access to the archives

The museum is open from 10am – 4pm and activities will be taking place all day.

NTS Culloden are also holding a free day for those with a local post code and they will have activities on too.
Lynsey Easton




The Gathering Committee met today and amongst other things discussed: entertainment for the ceilidh; selection of the contractors for the catering, the bar facilities, and the PA system; coach hire to take people to and from the museum; advertising posters; publicity; and troops needed for various tasks.

It was decided that the cut-off date for applications to attend the Gathering will be the 9th May 2016 – this is to give the committee time to feed in the final numbers to the catering contractors and bus company, as well as allowing time for the tickets to be posted out, name badges manufactured etc etc. So if you haven’t already done so, please go to and sign up to the Gathering as soon as possible (as of today there are 317 people on the attendance list).

There are plenty of B&Bs and hotels in Inverness but I thought I would check out the two nearest to Cameron Barracks – as of today there are still rooms available in the Premier Inn and Chieftain Hotel – both in Milburn Road, close to Cameron Barracks.
George Givens

Vote for Erskin Hospital Appeal


Dear all,
I was wondering if I could spare a few seconds of your time vote for Erskine.  We have been nominated for Davidson Chemist’s Charity of the Year 2016.  They have 30 pharmacies throughout Scotland and raised over £10,000 for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance this year so it would be a fantastic partnership to secure.

 If you could click on the link below and vote for Erskine that would be a great help.  Please feel free to share with friends or colleagues by email or on social media.  Also, if you have more than one device with internet access, you can have multiple votes.

 Many thanks,

Michael Parks

Community Fundraiser-North of Scotland
Bishopton, Refrewshire




Received this from Elaine earlier today.


Col. Bob, I wonder if you could pass on my thanks to everyone who attended Ronnie's funeral yesterday. I couldn't believe how many Queens Own Highlanders were there. I did try to speak to as many as I could but I don't think everyone went to the tea. Special thanks to the piper, Ronnie would have loved the music and to the Bearer party. I still can't believe that Woody and Linda came all that distance, and as for Chalkie, he was a true friend to Ronnie. Thanks also to Dave Chapman for the tribute, he did Ronnie proud.
Finally can I thank everyone for all the cards and messages I have received, They have made this difficult time a bit more bearable.
Kind regards


Yours aye,

       Strathclyde Branch


Thanks to RSM Main 6 Scots we have secured the use of the Mess at Hotspur Street, Maryhill for two functions per annum. 1st will be a Dinner Dance (Amalgamation) on 6th February 2016. Meeting up in the Mess on Tuesday 8th December to hopefully put together a Social Committee or similar to help organise some events for the following year. You are all welcome to come along on Tuesday 8th Dec to get things organised. Please let me know if you wish to attend. Collar and tie required for these nights.
George Monaghan



Please find the attached newsletter which gives details of what was discussed at our recent Branch AGM and news about the forthcoming Christmas Dance. Happy reading.
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

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  The Cenotaph Parade London 2015   

After the success and publicity of our first presence at the Cenotaph Parade in London in 2014, there was a huge interest within the Regiment to capitalise on this and so when the call went out to march again this year, the response was magnificent.
To read more please go to the link below



Photos up on the Photo Page



Notwithstanding the real reason for folk getting together at various locations during the last week-end, I am sure many of you would have really enjoyed meeting up with old comrades to swap war stories and enjoy a wee swally?  Now imagine that with a thousand plus members of our Regimental Family at the Gathering next year?!

If you haven’t already done so, why not sign up now? All you have to do is log into where you will see the latest list of the 299 folk who have committed to the week-end so far (names in red are those who have joined the list since our last update). If you delve deeper you will also find the sign up forms – and if you know of anyone who is not on the list and may be a bit computer-phobic why not give them a ring – you can always print a copy of the sign-up form for them or have one sent to them by RHQ
George Givens
Gathering Committee

       Remembrance Day in Elgin

Barry doing a great job laying the Queen’s Own Highlanders wreath for the Moray Loon’s with a little help from my Granddaughter 7 year old Naomi McIntosh

Seoras McIntosh

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Garden of Remembrance in Princes Street Gardens

Some photos attached showing the Opening of the Garden of Remembrance in Princes Street Gardens-Monday 2nd November 201.
George Givens


       Museum Newsletter November 2015


Please find attached the November 2015 Newsletter for your delectation.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did putting it together.
Kind Regards
John Bailey MBE


Moray Loons

I would just like to thank all who attended the Moray Loons' night oot on Friday. I felt the night was enjoyed by all who attended.
A special thanks goes out to our Pipers P/M Richard Anderson, Jack McGowan, and David Grant who did a great job. Richards rendering of Sands of Kuwait   was 2nd to none.

 Also I have to thank Irene and her staff of the Seaforth Club who looked after us all very well.
Photos now up


Next year there will be a couple of changes.

First everyone will pay at the door, this will save those of you who in the past paid by cheques, the bother of postage.
Of course I will still require you to contact me by email or by phone to let me know that you are attending to allow me to advise the Seaforth Club of numbers for the catering.
Secondly Irene's food on offer next year will be stovies and curry.

Moray Loons Remembrance Sunday


We will be forming up at 10-30am beside Elgin Museum and marching to St Giles Church where we will lay the Queens Own Highlanders wreath.

All are welcome to attend.

After the parade The Seaforth club has issued an invitation to gather there for soup and sandwiches.





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