What is the significance of the tartan?

The Regimental tartan is Hodden Grey, which has been worn since the Toronto Scottish Regiment became allied with the London Scottish Regiment in 1921. Hodden Grey, the homespun cloth known throughout Scotland, was chosen by Lt. Col. 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.

It is also referred to as the Royal Tartan because only two organizations in the world are allowed to wear it, and only with explicit permission by the Queen. The two organizations are The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Toronto, Canada), and The London Scottish Regiment - A Company, The London Regiment (London, England).

The Serving Battalion

The Commanding Officer is responsible for the training, administration, and general efficiency of the Serving Battalion through the Land Force chain of command, and ex-officio is a member of the Senate. He has under direct command all officers, and non-commissioned members (including members of the Pipes and Drums ) who are members of or attached to the Battalion. He is also responsible for all messes, and institutes within the Serving Battalion. Organizationally the Serving Battalion reports to and is part of 32 Canadian Brigade Group, headquartered in Toronto.

In 2003 the Battalion establishment was increased to accommodate the raising of a company-sized sub-unit headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario. A temporary new armoury was officially opened at 3330 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga on the 22nd of October 2005.

The Commanding Officer has a responsibility to the Senate for those matters affecting the Serving Battalion that are within the responsibility of the Senate.

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The Regimental Church

Knox Presbyterian Church

Several years after National Defence Headquarters granted permission to redesignate the Mississauga Regiment as The Toronto Scottish Regiment, it was suggested that the a regimental church be located. At the time, several regimental officers were members of Knox Presbyterian Church located at 630 Spadina Avenue, just south of Harbord Street in downtown Toronto. It was agreed that they would approach the church session about arranging an affiliation.

Read more: The Regimental Church

Allied Regiments

Soon after receiving The Toronto Scottish Regiment designation on 1 September 1921, the Regiment was granted affiliation with Britain's 14 (County of London) Battalion The London Regiment (London Scottish). At that time we adopted the dress (including the distinctive hodden grey tartan) and customs of The London Scottish with adjustments for local significance. Coincidentally we were granted affiliation with The Gordon Highlanders with whom the London Scottish were affiliated.

Read more: Allied Regiments


The first appointment of a Royal Colonel-in-Chief in the Canadian Army is thought to have been in 1917. In 1937 following King George VI's accession to the throne, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth accepted the appointment of Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment.

In 1939 during a cross-Canada tour by the King and Queen, Her Majesty presented new Colours to her Regiment replacing the Colours that had been presented in 1925 by Field Marshal Earl Haig. Following the passing of the King, the Regiment was honoured with several visits by the then Queen Mother. During WW II Her Majesty visited the Regiment in the field four times. In 1965 during a private visit to the Regiment, Her Majesty presented new Queen's and Regimental Colours at a parade at Varsity Stadium. During another visit to Canada in 1974 the Colonel-in-Chief presented a new Queen's Colour (represented by the Canadian Flag, which replaced the Union Jack Queen's Colour) at the CNE Grandstand.

Also in 1974 Her Majesty donated a sterling silver dish (The Queen Mother’s Dish) for presentation to worthy serving Tor Scots.

Her Majesty passed away on 30 March 2002 at the age of 102 in her sixty-fifth year as Colonel-in-Chief. In her memory, the Historical Committee created a book "Proud to be Your Colonel-in-Chief' which chronicles in photographs and correspondence, Her Majesty's lengthy record of service to the Regiment.

On January 19th, 2004 Her Majesty The Queen gave royal assent to the appointment of His Royal Highness Charles, The Prince of Wales, as Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment.

Regimental Symbols

Toronto Scottish Cap Badge

Regimental Cap Badge

On a wreath of thistles, the Cross of St. Andrew, charged in the centre with a maple leaf, both interfacing an annulus inscribed with the motto CARRY ON; upon a second annulus placed on the centre of the maple leaf and inscribed BELGIUM FRANCE 1916-1919, a unicom's head couped and gorged with an antique crown chained, and resting on an heraldic wreath; on the upper and lower bends of the wreath and resting on the arms of the Cross two scrolls, the upper inscribed TORONTO and the lower SCOTTISH.




Regimental Colours

Azure a torteau charged with a saltire Argent surmounted by the numeral 75 Or, within an annulus Gules edged, charged in base with a thistle, inscribed THE TORONTO SCOTTISH REGIMENT (QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER'S OWN) in letters Or, ensigned by the Royal Crown and enclosed by two branches of maple leaves in autumnal tints and thistles proper bound by a riband Gules surmounted by a scroll Or inscribed with the Motto CARRY ON in letters Sable, the whole enclosed by two branches of laurel Or fructed Gules each surmounted by ten scrolls Argent edged Or, those to the dexter inscribed in letters Sable SOMME, 1916; ARRAS, 1917, '18; HILL 70; AMIENS; CANAL DU NORD; DIEPPE; ST. ANDRÉ-SUR-ORNE; ANTWERP-TURNHOUT CANAL; WOENSDRECHT; and THE REICHSWALD; those to the sinister inscribed in letters Sable ANCRE, 1916; VIMY, 1917; PASSCHENDAELE; DROUCOURT-QUÉANT; VALENCIENNES; BOURGUÉBUS RIDGE; FALAISE THE SCHELDT; THE RHINELAND; and THE HOCHWALD; all between four representations of the Royal Cypher of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Or, its Royal Crown proper.


Toronto Scottish Regimental Queen's Colour

Queen's Colours

Gules on a Canadian pale Argent a maple leaf charged with an annulus Gules edged, charged in base with a thistle, inscribed THE TORONTO SCOTTISH REGIMENT (QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER'S OWN) in letters Or and ensigned with the Royal Crown proper.




Regimental Sergeants-Major

The 75th (Mississauga) Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force – July 1915
  Warrant Officer I F. W. Kerr 1915 – 1917
Warrant Officer I E. Maynard DCM
1917 – 1919
The Mississauga Regiment – May 1920
No enlisted personnel were on strength, only officers, until the unit’s name was changed and re-designated The Toronto Scottish Regiment.
The Toronto Scottish Regiment – September 1921
Warrant Officer I W. Fraser
Warrant Officer I F. Uden
1921 – 1923
Warrant Officer I E. Baker MM (bar)
1923 – 1936
The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Machine Gun) – December 1936
Warrant Officer I E. Baker MM (bar)
1936 – 1939
1st Battalion The Toronto Scottish Regiment (MG) Canadian Active Service Force – Sept. 1939
Warrant Officer I H. Tuck
1936 – 1940
Warrant Officer I B. Anderson
1940 – 1941
Warrant Officer I S. Dymond
Warrant Officer I J. Bremner
Warrant Officer II A/RSM W. Moffatt
1942 – 1943
2nd Canadian Infantry Division Support Battalion (The Toronto Scottish Regiment) – May 1943
Warrant Officer I J. Bremner
1943 – 1944
1st Battalion The Toronto Scottish Regiment (MG) – February 1944
Warrant Officer I W.F.A. Robinson
1944 – 1945
Warrant Officer I J. McNamara
Warrant Officer I J. Buxton MBE
Warrant Officer I J. Bunting
2nd Reserve (Home) Battalion The Toronto Scottish Regiment (MG) – July 1940
Warrant Officer I E. Baker MM (bar)
1940 – 1945
The Toronto Scottish Regiment (MG) (Reserve Battalion) – February 1946
Warrant Officer I E. Baker MM (bar)
1945 – 1946
The Toronto Scottish Regiment – Militia – June 1947
Warrant Officer I E. Baker MM (bar)
1946 – 1947
Warrant Officer I T. Baille
1947 – 1951
Warrant Officer I H. Nugent
1951 – 1955
Warrant Officer I A. Flowers
1955 – 1958
Warrant Officer I J. Robertson CD
1958 – 1961
Warrant Officer I J. Bateman CD
1961 – 1966
Warrant Officer I J. Tallon CD
1966 – 1967
Chief Warrant Officer K. Bateman CD
1967 – 1970
Chief Warrant Officer J. Barben MMM CD
1970 – 1974
Chief Warrant Officer J. Merrill CD
1974 – 1979
Chief Warrant Officer K. Bateman CD
1979 – 1981
Chief Warrant Officer R. Content CD
1982 – 1987
Chief Warrant Officer M. Pratley CD
1987 – 1990
Chief Warrant Officer M. Trayner CD
1990 – 1995
Chief Warrant Officer B. Barker CD
1995 – 1998
Chief Warrant Officer K. Junor CD
1998 – 2003
Chief Warrant Officer G. Ewing CD
2003 – 2006
Chief Warrant Officer M. Lacroix CD
2006 – 2010
  Chief Warrant Officer S. Bonner CD 2010  - 2013
  Chief Warrant Officer N. Webb CD 2013 - 2016
  Chief Warrant Officer B. James, CD 2016 - 2019
  Chief Warrant Officer M. Stawarz CD 2019 -


Battle Honours of The Toronto Scottish Regiment

First World War

 Second World War

SOMME 1916

Ancre Heights

ANCRE 1916

ARRAS 1917, 1918

VIMY 1917


Ypres 1917




Scarpe 1918



Hindenburg Line


France and Flanders 1916-1918








Verrieres Ridge - Tilly-la-Campagne


Falaise Road


Clair Tizon

Dunkirk 1944



South Beveland 


Twente Canal



Goch-Calcar Road





North-West Europe 1942, 1944-1945


 The Battle Honours in italics and bold are authorized to be emblazoned on the Regimental Colours .

Honorary Appointments

Honorary ranks in the Canadian Forces have been modeled on the purest British traditions. The first honorary appointment was in 1895.

Today major Militia units (i.e. those whose establishments are commanded by a Lieutenant-Colonel) may have both an Honorary Colonel, and an Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel. Prior to the mid 1970s, honorary rank in the Reserves was confined to former officers. Since then honorary status may also be conferred on distinguished Canadian citizens.

The handbook covering honorary appointments lists the following as the principal responsibilities for Militia Honoraries: act as an advisor to the Commanding Officer on all matters pertaining to regimental dress and traditions; provide advice on regimental charities and associations; help to maintain close liaison with allied regiments; encourage the Regiment's Cadet Corps; attend formal parades and social functions in which the unit is involved; occasionally attend unit training including field training exercises; take an active part in efforts to improve the Militia, and indeed the Canadian Armed Forces; attend the Honorary Colonels' and Lieutenant-Colonels' conferences, and generally keep abreast of policy developments affecting the Militia.

Once a nominee for an honorary appointment is approved by the Regimental Senate, their request is passed to the Commanding Officer for processing through the army chain of command. The Chief of the Defence Staff passes the application to the Minister of National Defence who is the approving authority for such appointments. Once approved by the Minister the appointment is promulgated in Army Orders, and is signified by the issuance of a Commission Certificate signed by the Governor-General and the Minister of National Defence acknowledging the appointment.

Such appointment "Gives and grants full power and authority to have, hold, and enjoy said appointment accordingly, together with all and singular the privileges thereunto belonging .... and commands all Officers and Non-Commissioned Members to acknowledge you as such".
The Honorary Colonel and Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel personalize the institutional structure of the regiment, assist in the promotion of regimental affairs when the attention of the serving officers is normally focused on training and operational matters, and add a further dimension to the concept of the regimental Family.



Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 1937 - 2002
(given the added title of Queen Mother following the death of her husband, King George VI in 1952)
His Royal Highness, Charles, The Prince of Wales 2005 -
Major-General Sir James H. MacBrien KCB, CMG, DSO, NWMP, RCMP 1921 - 1931
Major-General Garnet B. Hughes CB, CMG, DSO, ED 1931 - 1937
Colonel Roy H. Lord Thomson of Fleet 1962 - 1967
Air Marshal Wilfred E. Curtis CB, CBE, DSC, ED, CD 1967 - 1971
Colonel Robert H. Hilborn, LVO, MBE, CD 1971 - 1976
Colonel W.G. Mackenzie Robinson ED, CD 1977 - 1982
Colonel James A. Northey 1982 - 1984
Colonel Bryan A. Upjohn CD 1984 - 1987
Colonel John R. Massingham CD, AdeC 1987 - 1996
Colonel Hugh P. Stewart CD 1996 - 2002
Colonel Frederic L.R. Jackman OOnt CD 2002 - 2009
Colonel Gilbert W. Taylor  2009 - 2015
Colonel Donald Fisher CD 2015 - 2017
Colonel Helen Vari CM, CLH, OONM 2017 -
Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick B. Robins 1924 - 1931
Colonel Colin C. Harbottle CMG, DSO, VD 1931 - 1933
Lieutenant-Colonel Alan M. Thomas MBE, VD 1936 - 1939
Lieutenant-Colonel William A.H. MacBrien 1939 - 1949
Brigadier Guy S. N. Gostling CBE, ED, CD 1949 - 1959
Lieutenant-Colonel Robert H. Hilborn MBE CD 1968 - 1971
Lieutenant-Colonel Donald H. Wilkins 1971 - 1977
Lieutenant-Colonel Bryan A. Upjohn CD 1977 - 1984
Lieutenant-Colonel John R. Massingham CD 1984 - 1987
Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh P. Stewart CD 1987 - 1996
Lieutenant-Colonel Frederic L.R. Jackman 1996 - 2002
Lieutenant-Colonel C. Dennis Flynn OOnt, EM 2002 - 2003
Colonel Robert G. Douglas CD 2004 - 2010
Lieutenant-Colonel Donald Fisher CD 2010 - 2015
Lieutenant-Colonel Justin R. Fogarty 2016 - 

Commanding Officers

Commanding Officers:

75th Batallion 1915- 1921

The Toronto Scottish Regiment: 1921 - 2000

The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Own) 2000 - Present

       Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel G. Beckett      1915 
   Lieutenant-Colonel Alan J. McCausland  1917
   Lieutenant-Colonel Charles B. Worsnop DSO  1917
   Lieutenant-Colonel Colin C. Harbottle DSO  1917 – 1918
   Major Albert G. Poupore DSO  1918
   Major John B. Bailey DSO  1918
   Lieutenant-Colonel John T.C. Thompson DSO  1918
   Captain Frank K. Prouse MC  1918
   Major William O. Morris  1918
   Major James S. Rankin DSO  1918
   Lieutenant-Colonel Colin C. Harbottle CMG DSO  1918 - 1928
   Lieutenant-Colonel W.H. Watson ED  1928 – 1931
   Lieutenant-Colonel Alan M. Thomas MBE VD  1931 – 1935
   Lieutenant-Colonel Frank E. Odlum VD  1935 – 1938
   Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher C. Thompson ED  1938 – 1940
   Lieutenant-Colonel John H. Christie MC ED  1940 – 1941
   Major W. Gordon T. Roach OBE MC ED  1941 – 1942
   Lieutenant-Colonel Guy S.N. Gostling CBE ED  1942
   Major Ernest G. Johnson  1942
   Lieutenant-Colonel Donald K. Tow OBE ED  1942 – 1943
   Lieutenant-Colonel Ernest G. Johnson DSO OBE  1943 – 1945
   Lieutenant-Colonel J.F. Ellis MBE  1945 – 1949
   Lieutenant-Colonel Bryan A. Upjohn CD  1949 – 1951
   Lieutenant-Colonel William W. Drinkwater CD  1951 – 1952
   Major Wilfred R. Moffatt CD  1952
   Lieutenant-Colonel William S. Rutherford ED  1952 – 1954
   Lieutenant-Colonel John M. Rutherford ED  1954 – 1956
   Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth E. White CD  1956 – 1958
   Lieutenant-Colonel E.Burtch Morgan CD  1958 – 1960
   Lieutenant-Colonel Robert H. Hilborn MBE CD  1960 – 1963
   Lieutenant-Colonel J. Donald Learment DSO CD  1963 – 1965
   Lieutenant-Colonel Peter M. Eshelby CD  1965 – 1967
   Lieutenant-Colonel Donald J. Vance CD  1967 – 1970
   Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh P. Stewart CD  1970 – 1973
   Lieutenant-Colonel Donald C. Johnston CD  1973 – 1976
   Lieutenant-Colonel Walter M. Godsoe CD  1976 – 1979
   Lieutenant-Colonel James E. Parker CD  1979 – 1982
   Lieutenant-Colonel John D. Nosotti CD  1982 – 1985
   Lieutenant-Colonel Jeremiah R. Chowzun CD  1985 – 1989
   Lieutenant-Colonel John Glaysher CD  1989 – 1992
   Lieutenant-Colonel J. Paul de B. Taillon CD  1992 – 1995
   Lieutenant-Colonel Donald J. Beveridge CD  1995 – 1998
   Lieutenant-Colonel Julian C. Chapman CD  1998 - 2002
   Lieutenant-Colonel J. Michael Trayner CD  2002 - 2005
   Lieutenant-Colonel Dwayne K. Hobbs CD  2005 - 2008
   Lieutenant-Colonel Justin Neil CD  2008 - 2011
   Lieutenant-Colonel Fred A. Moore CD  2011 - 2014
   Lieutenant-Colonel Garry Moore CD  2014 - 2017
   Lieutenant-Colonel Graham Walsh CD  2017 - 2020
   Lieutenant-Colonel R. Jason Kearney CD  2020 -

Regimental Senate

The Role of the Regimental Senate

The role of the Senate is to provide leadership, assistance, and direction in matters of business that affect members of the Regimental Family outside the Canadian Forces chain of command. 
While the Commanding Officer is the ranking officer in the Serving Regiment, the Senate and by extension the Chairperson of the Senate, is the overall head of the Regimental Family.


The Senate is responsible for:

  • consulting with the Commanding Officer on their selection and approval of Honorary appointments ie the Colonel-in-Chief, the Honorary Colonel and the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel.
  • consulting with the Commanding Officer any change to dress policies relative to the wearing of our traditional highland uniforms and accoutrements.  By definition, this excludes the wearing of Canadian Forces uniforms, authority for which comes under the auspices of the Commander of the Land Staff.
  • approving the nominees for  The Queen Mother’s Dish .
  • approving the establishment of any organization which uses the Regimental name in its title.
  • ensuring that Regimental customs, traditions, and history are maintained.
  • maintaining the security of the Hutcheson Victoria Cross, and any other valuable chattels not in the care of the Museum, or the Officers’, or Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Messes.
  • the Senate may authorize the creation and administration of such committees as it deems necessary to maintain and promote the Regiment, its traditions, and to further its interests.
  • dealing with any other matters affecting the Regiment that may surface from time to time, including reviewing the activities of the Foundation , and the Unit Fund.

Senate Membership

The following shall be Senators automatically:

  • Former Commanding Officers of serving battalions.
  • Honorary appointments both serving and retired.
  • The serving Commanding Officer is ex-officio a member of the Senate.

Any other person may become a member of the Senate whose nomination is passed by a majority of Senators present at a duly constituted meeting of the Senate.

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