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).
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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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
First World War
Second World War
ARRAS 1917, 1918
CANAL DU NORD
France and Flanders 1916-1918
Verrieres Ridge - Tilly-la-Campagne
North-West Europe 1942, 1944-1945
The Battle Honours in italics and bold are authorized to be emblazoned on the Regimental Colours .
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 -|
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 -|
The Role of the Regimental Senate
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.
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.