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 The Royal Scots Greys
crest and tie
by James Robinson
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1678 three independent troops raised in Scotland
16uu three more troops raised
1681.11.25 Royal Regiment of Scots Dragoons, or, His Majesty's Regiment of Dragoons
also known until 1751 by the names of ten colonels
1688.11.01 ranked as 2nd Dragoons
1702 Grey Dragoons, or Scots Regiment of White Horses
1737 Royal Regiment of North British Dragoons
1751.07.01 2nd (Royal North British) Regiment of Dragoons
1866 2nd (Royal North British) Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys)
1877.04.03 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys)
1921.01.01 The Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons)
1941.07.19 transferred to Royal Armoured Corps
1971.07.02 amalgamated with 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales's Dragoon Guards), to form
The Royal Scots Dragoons Guards (Carabiniers and Greys)
Deployment and Service

The Royal Scots Greys, (Scottish Military Historical Society)

Timelines (RSDG Regimental site)
The Dragoons, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War)
British Cavalry Regiments, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde, Malplaquet, Dettingen, Warburg, Willems, Waterloo, Balaklava, Sevastopol, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, South Africa, 1899-1902 

The Great War:  Mons, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Messines 1914, Ypres 1914 '15, Gheluvelt, Neuve Chapelle, St. Julien, Bellewaarde, Arras 1917, Scarpe 1917, Cambrai 1917 '18, Lys, Hazebrouck, Amiens, Somme 1918, Albert 1918, Bapaume 1918, Hindenburg Line, St Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders 1914-18 

The Second World War:  Caen, Hill 112, Falaise, Venlo Pocket, Hochwald, Aller, Bremen, North-West Europe 1944-45, Merjayun, Syria 1941, Alam El Halfa, El Alamein, El Agheila, Nofilia, Advance on Tripoli, North Africa 1942-43, Salerno, Battipaglia, Volturno Crossing, Italy 1943

Badges: The Thistle within the circle and motto of the Order of the Thistle, with the Crown above and the Title scrolled below
Uniform: tartan: Government (pipers' kilts & plaids), 1946-?, Royal Stewart (?-1971)
1894.12.08 F.M. HIM Nicholas II, Tsar of all the Russias
1921.11.08 Hon. Maj-Gen. HRH Prince Arthur of Connaught, KG, KT, GCMG, GCVO, CB
1939.06.08 F.M. HM King George VI
1953.06.02 HM Queen Elizabeth II
1681.11.25 Lt-Gen. Thomas Dalzell
1685.11.06 Col. Charles (Murray), 1st Earl of Dunmore
1688.12.31 Lt-Gen. Sir Thomas (Livingston), Bt., 1st Viscount Teviot
1704.04.07 Brig-Gen. Lord John Hay
1706.08.24 F.M. John (Dalrymple), 2nd Earl of Stair, KT
1714.04.21 Gen. Sir David (Colyear), 1st Earl of Portmore, KT
1717.02.15 Lt-Gen. Hon. Sir James Campbell, KB (of Lawars)
1745.05.28 F.M. John (Dalrymple), 2nd Earl of Stair, KT [reappointed]
1747.05.28 Lt-Gen. John (Lindsay), 20th Earl of Crawford
1750.01.18 Gen. John (Leslie), 10th Earl of Rothes, KT
1752.04.29 Gen. John (Campbell), 4th Duke of Argyll, KT
1770.11.10 Gen. William (Maule), 1st Earl of Panmure
1782.04.18 Lt-Gen. George Preston
1785.02.04 Gen. James Johnston (senior)
1795.12.02 Gen. Archibald (Montgomerie), 11th Earl of Eglinton
1796.11.03 Lt-Gen. Sir Ralph Abercromby, KB
1801.05.16 Gen. Sir David Dundas, GCB
1813.01.27 Gen. William John (Kerr), 5th Marquess of Lothian, KT
1815.01.12 Gen. Sir James Steuart, Bt., GCH
1839.08.24 Gen. Sir William Keir Grant, KCB, GCH
1852.05.25 Lt-Gen. Archibald Money, CB
1858.08.26 Lt-Gen. Arthur Moyses William (Hill), 2nd Lord Sandys
1860.07.17 Lt-Gen. Sir Alexander Kennedy Clark-Kennedy, KCB, KH
1864.01.31 Gen. Sir John Bloomfield Gough, GCB
1891.09.23 Gen. George Calvert Clarke, CB
1900.02.10 Lt-Gen. Andrew Nugent
1905.07.11 Maj-Gen. Andrew Smythe Montague Browne
1916.03.09 F.M. Sir William Robert Robertson, Bt., GCB, GCMG, GCVO, DSO
1925.09.05 F.M. Sir Philip Walhouse (Chetwode), 1st Lord Chetwode, GCB, OM, GCSI, KCMG, DSO
1947.01.01 Brig. George Herbert Norris Todd, MC
1958.01.01 Col. (Hon. Brig.) John Edmund Swetenham, DSO
1968.01.01 Col. Alexander George Jeffrey Readman, DSO
Victoria Crosses [2nd Dragoons], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
Victoria Crosses [Royal Scots Greys], by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
VCs in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Quarter Master Sergeant John Masterson, by Fred Larimore.
The Story of Ensign Charles Ewart, the Hero of the Battle of Waterloo (Helpful Pub Guide, Edinburgh) [Internet Archive]
Ensign Charles Ewart (The Ewart Organisation)
Patrick O'Rourke 1917-1996, by Patrick Joseph O'Rourke.
Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit; Second to none
Anniversaries: Waterloo (18 June)
Musicians: Pipes & Drums transferred 1946 from Lothians and Border Horse Yeomanry.
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:

2nd/10th Dragoons

12th Light Horse Regiment
12th/16th Hunter River Lancers
The North Auckland Mounted Rifles
The New Zealand Scottish, RNZAC
Associated Yeomanry:  
[no external sites have been found]
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum, Edinburgh (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum, Edinburgh (Simonides listing)
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum, Edinburgh (SMHS listing)
Regimental Journal:
Full Histories:
Cannon, Richard. Historical record of The Royal Regiment of Scots Dragoons, now the Second Royal North British Dragoons, commonly called The Scots Greys : containing an account of the formation of the regiment in the reign of King Charles II and of its subsequent services to 1839. London : Longman, Orme ; W. Clowes, 1840. (Historical records of the British Army)
Groves, John Percy. History of the 2nd Dragoons - the Royal Scots Greys, "Second to none", 1678-1893. Edinburgh : W. & A.K. Johnston, 1893. (Illustrated histories of Scottish regiments ; no. 2)
Almack, Edward. The history of the Second Dragoons : "Royal Scots Greys". London : [s.n.], 1908.
Blacklock, Michael. The Royal Scots Greys: (the 2nd Dragoons). London : Leo Cooper Ltd., 1971. (Famous regiments) ISBN: 0850520886
Carver, Michael. Second to none; the Royal Scots Greys--1919-1945. Glasgow : Printed for the Regt. by McCorquodale, 1954.
Wood, Stephen. In the finest tradition : the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers & Greys) : its history and treasures. Edinburgh : Mainstream Pub. Co., 1988. ISBN: 185158174X
Maxwell, Herbert, Sir. The Lowland Scots regiments : their origin, character and services previous to the great war of 1914. Glasgow : J. Maclehose and Sons, 1918. [Contents: Introduction, by the editor.--The 2nd Dragoons, Royal Scots Greys, by Sir J. B. Paul.--The Scots Guards, by Captain C.B. Balfour.--The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) by Major M.M. Haldane.--The Royal Scots Fusiliers, by Lieut.-Col. R. Toogood.--The King's Own Scottish Borderers, by Brigadier-General M.G. Wilkinson. Note on the origin of the K.O.S.B., by A. Ross.--The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). The 90th Perthshire Light Infantry, by A. Ross.--Scottish regiments disbanded, by A. Ross.--Regimental music (p. [331]-339)]
Paul, William Pratt. The Lowland regiments: lions rampant. Aberdeen : Impulse Publications Ltd, 1972. ISBN: 090131126X
First World War:
Pomeroy, Ralph Legge (comp.) et al. History of the Royal Scots Greys (the Second Dragoons) August, 1914--March, 1919. [London : s.n.], 1932.
Other Wars:
McElligott, J. The Royal Scots Greys, South Africa 1899-1901. Edinburgh : Banks & Co. for the regiment, [ca. 1901]
Sumner, Percy. "Uniform and equipment of the Royal Scots Greys (1678-1855)," Journal of the Society for Army historical research. v. 15-17 (1936-1937), p. 115-170, 187-202.
Grant, James. Second to none, "Royal Scots greys"; a military romance. London ; New York : G. Routledge and sons, 1865.
Short Histories:
Romance of the Greys. London : Drapkin, 1910.
Royal Scots Greys : Second to none : extracts from regimental history, 1678-1914. London : Sifton Praed & Co., 1919.
The history and traditions of the Royal Scots Greys. [Edinburgh? : privately published for the regiment, ca. 1967]
Grant, Charles. Royal Scots Greys. Reading : Osprey, 1972. (Men-at-arms series) ISBN: 0850450594