25th Regiment of Foot

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Also known as The Scottish Borderers


  • 1689 raised as Leven's Regiment by the Earl of Leven
  • 1746 known as Semphill's Regiment of Foot
  • 1751 became 25th Regiment of Foot
  • 1806 became King's Own Borderers
  • 1887 became King's Own Scottish Borderers
  • 2006 amalgamated with the Royal Scots to form the Royal Scots Borderers (1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland)

British India Service

In February 1855 the regiment received orders to return to Britain and men who wished to remain in India were given leave to transfer to the 43rd Foot (later 1st Oxfordshire Light Infantry).[1]

Regimental histories

  • A Short History of the King's Own Scottish Borderers 1923 (42 pages). Available at the British Library UIN: BLL01001096721
  • All the Blue Bonnets : the history of the King's Own Scottish Borderers by Robert Woollcombe 1980 (208 pages). Available at the BL UIN: BLL01009450319
  • The King's Own Scottish Borderers : a concise history by Trevor Royle 2008 (240 pages). Available at the BL UIN: BLL01013779256

External links

Historical books online

He joined the !st Battalion K.O.S.B. in January 1910, page 59, and subsequently went to India in 1911 with the 1st Battalion page 75 where he became involved with the Durbar, page 82.


  1. derekb. Charles ATKINSON, 25th Foot 1854-64, Indian service? Victorian Wars Forum 6 October 2012, now an archived webpage, quoting page 81 of The King's Own Scottish Borderers by Trevor Royle.