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The Toronto Scottish Regiment

The Toronto Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums
(Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Own)

One of the most famous Scottish regiments in Canada today is The Toronto Scottish, a regiment that perpetuates the fighting 75th Battalion from World War I. The battalion was awarded 16 Battle Honours during that war of which 10 were emblazoned on the Regimental Colours, including the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele and Amiens.

The 75th Battalion became The Mississauga Regiment in the post-war Canadian Militia and in 1921, became The Toronto Scottish Regiment. Shortly afterwards, the regiment received permission to establish an affiliation with The London Scottish Regiment in England and through the London Scottish to the Gordon Highlanders; from 1994 - 2006 The Highlanders, (Seaforths, Gordons, Camerons) and today, The Highlanders, 4th Battalion (Royal Regiment of Scotland).

The regiment, a machine-gun support unit was mobilized for war once again in 1939 and became the first Canadian unit to arrive in Britain. A contingent of the regiment took part in the Dieppe Raid in 1942 and following D-Day served with the 2nd Canadian Division through the Northwest Europe campaign. Today the regiment is part of 32 Canadian Brigade Group and trains soldiers to supplement the regular army. Several soldiers are currently deployed in Afghanistan. The Colonel-in-Chief is His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales.

The regimental tartan is Hodden Grey, which has been worn since the Toronto Scottish became allied with The London Scottish Regiment in 1921. Hodden Grey, the homespun cloth known throughout Scotland, was chosen by Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Elcho of the London Scottish Regiment in 1859. He sought to avoid all interclan feeling on the subject of tartan, and as soldiers, wanted his troops to blend in with the landscape of the battlefield. Today only two regiments have explicit permission from Queen Elizabeth II to wear Hodden Grey or the Royal Tartan as it is referred to, The Toronto Scottish Regiment from Toronto, Canada and “A” (London Scottish) Company, The London Regiment, London, England.  
 
The Pipes and Drums have been an integral part of the regiment since they were formed in the early 1920s and have participated in various Highland Games, Tattoos and Competitions across North America and Europe including; the Scottish World Festival Tattoo, Toronto; Edinburgh Tattoo, 1974; Queen's Silver Jubilee Tattoo, 1977; Royal Tournament, London; Wembley Military Musical Pageant, London, 1981; Nova Scotia Tattoos; Toronto Police Games; Stone Mountain Tattoo, Georgia; 40th anniversary of the Liberation of Holland, 1985 and the Scottish Division, Beating Retreat, London, 1990. Many on parade this evening were also part of the ceremony for The Queen Mother's 90th and 100th birthday celebrations, on Horse Guards Parade, London, 1990 and 2000.

In November 2006 the Band traveled to England to march with The London Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums for the Lord Mayor’s Show and Remembrance Day service and parade, attended by more then 800,000 people. In 2007 highlights include performing as the opening act for Rod Stewart during his Toronto appearance and the featured guest pipe band at the Caledonian Club of San Francisco Highland Games in Pleasanton, California, inconjunction with the Marine Corp Band San Diego.

Under the leadership of Pipe Major Doug Swann and Drum Major Stephen Hepburn, the Band is very active today performing at regimental functions, parades and shows. The Band, comprised of serving soldiers and volunteer musicians, operates with the kind permission of Lieutenant-Colonel Justin Neil CD, Commanding Officer.

The Pipes and Drums proudly live up to The Toronto Scottish Regimental Motto - 'CARRY ON'