Upper Canada Military Re-enactment Society
The Royal Scots Grenadiers
First of the first of the first.
Scots 1st battalion, emulating in the New World the martial prowess of its sister battalions in the Old, was plucking
Canadian laurels with the point of the bayonet; and in particular at the storming of Fort Niagara, the Royal Scots
carried all before them. "I have to express my admiration", wrote Colonel Murray to General Drummond, "of the valour of the
grenadier company of the Royal Scots under Captain Bailey, whose zeal and gallantry were very conspicuous
. . . Their instructions were not to fire, but to carry the place at the point of the bayonet. These orders were punctually
obeyed, a circumstance that not only proves their intrepidity, but reflects great credit on their discipline."1
A History Of The Grenadiers
1st Regiment - 1st
Scots are the oldest, and therefore most senior, infantry regiment of the line in the British Army, having been raised
in 1633 during the reign of Charles I of England.
in France in the 1630s the Royal Scots earned the nickname “Pontius Pilate’s Bodyguards.”
The French Regiment of Picardy asserted that their regiment was the older regiment, having been on guard at the Crucifixion.
The Royal Scots claimed they were there too, as bodyguards to the governor!
Battalion of the Royal Scots sailed from the West Indies to Canada in the summer of 1812 and landed
at Quebec City. Because of the years spent in service in the Islands nearly everyone was suffering from one sort of
sickness or malady to the extent that the Regiment was unfit for duty until the following January.
Scots 1st Battalion was very active in Upper Canada in the War of 1812, being present in eight major engagements
and many minor skirmishes against the forces of the United States. These included Sackett’s Harbour, the
capture of Fort Niagara and the burning of Buffalo in 1813, and the Battles of Longwoods, Chippewa, Lundy’s Lane, and
Fort Erie in 1814. The campaign in Upper Canada earned the battle honour “Niagara” which is displayed on
the Regiments colours.
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NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT
me with impunity)
Motto of the 1st (Royal Scots) Regiment
The Order of the Thistle
According to legend, the "guardian thistle" has played its part in the defense of the ancient realm of Scotland against
a night attack by the Danes, one of whom let out a yell of pain when he stepped on a prickly thistle, thus alerting the Scottish
defenders. In the motto "No-one provokes me with impunity" (Latin: "Nemo me impune lacessit"), "me" was therefore originally
the thistle itself, but by extension now refers to the Scottish crown and the Scottish regiments which have adopted it.2
The British Grenadiers
The Upper Canada Military Re-enactment Society
Royal Scots Grenadiers
The 1812 Royal Scots
Grenadiers are a recreated re-enactment unit of the War of 1812 created by the Upper Canada Military Re-enactment Society.
The Upper Canada Military Re-enactment
Society's Royal Scots are based in south-western Ontario. Members of the Royal Scots Grenadiers regularly participate in re-enactment
events throughout Ontario, New York, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana and have appeared in historical movies and television programs.
To see where we might be next check out our Calendar of Events page. The group has many members from all walks of life and age groups with both single members and families.
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If you enjoy history, travel, camping and visiting interesting places and
think you may be interested in re-enacting contact us today to join the 1st Regiment of Foot, the Royal Scots Grenadiers.
Membership is available to all members of a family and there are many roles which can be portrayed. Take the King's Shilling and join today. We are a green hobby as we recycle more than just our soldiers. For more
information, join us at an event to learn more.
I Swear to be true to our
Sovereign Lord King GEORGE, and to serve Him honestly and faithfully, in Defence of His Person, Crown, and Dignity, against
all His Enemies or Opposers whatsoever: And to observe and obey His Majesty's Orders, and the Orders of the Generals and Officers
set over me by His Majesty.