A History of the 9th (Highlanders), The Dandy Ninth

The Dandy Ninth kilted regiment of the Royal Scots was raised after the Boer War’s Black Week. The Great War was to see the Dandy Ninth in action and of 6,000 to enter their ranks, 1,000 never returned . – Very Highly Recommended.

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The Royal Scots is the oldest regiment in the British Army and the author, in 
providing a detailed history of the Dandy Ninth, has also provided insight into what 
the British Army is and how it is raised. This extensively illustrated volume will be 
important to any interested in Scottish regiments, but it is also important in the wider 
sense of explaining how the British Army is structured.

The Dandy Ninth was established after the Boer War's Black Week and many a 
British regiment has been raised in similar circumstances. Many assume that the 
British Army is a monolithic structure with a central commend and a uniform training 
and operation. The reality is somewhat different. Regiments are raised, usually within 
a geographic area, for a specific purpose and develop a fraternity that reflects the 
society of the area in which it has been raised. It develops its own variation of 
uniform, holds its battle honours and traditions and develops its own regimental 
training system. There may be many similarities between British regiments and there 
are also important differences. This came out strongly in the early 1990s when the 
British Army was attempting to develop a data dictionary. Most will think that the 
thing that goes bang in a gun is a bullet, but the British Army has a wealth of names 
which makes it interesting in trying to digitize the object for computer systems.

The Dandy Ninth were the kilted 9th Royal Scots, a battalion that was part of the 
Territorial Force that sent volunteers to South Africa. In 1914 it was mobilized as part 
of the Lothian Brigade to defend Edinburgh from invasion, being then mobilized for 
France and Flanders, serving in many of the major actions on the Western Front.

Having been raised, the Dandy Ninth has not died but lives on today in the Royal 
Regiment of Scotland.