Atholl Highlanders

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The Atholl Highlanders is a Scottish ceremonial infantry regiment.wikipedia
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Duke of Atholl

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The regiment is not part of the British Army but under the command of the Duke of Atholl, and based in Blair Atholl.
The holder of the dukedom of Atholl also commands the only legal private army in Europe, the Atholl Highlanders, which is headquartered at Blair Castle.

George Murray, 6th Duke of Atholl

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More than 50 years later, in 1839, George Murray, 6th Duke of Atholl, as Lord Glenlyon, formed the regiment as a bodyguard which he took to the Eglinton Tournament at Eglinton Castle, Ayrshire.
As Lord Glenlyon, he formed the Atholl Highlanders in 1839 as his personal bodyguard.

John Murray, 11th Duke of Atholl

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It was feared that the regiment would be disbanded following the 10th Duke's death in 1996, until his successor, John Murray, 11th Duke of Atholl, wrote to the estate trustees insisting that he would continue his traditional role.
John Murray, 11th Duke of Atholl (19 January 1929 – 15 May 2012) was a South African-born hereditary peer of the Peerage of Scotland, hereditary Clan Chief of Clan Murray, and Colonel-in-Chief of the Atholl Highlanders.

Bruce Murray, 12th Duke of Atholl

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Bruce Murray, 12th Duke of Atholl inspected the regiment's annual parade in July 2013 and continues to do so.
As Duke of Atholl, he has the right to raise Europe's only legal private army, named the Atholl Highlanders (a unique privilege granted to his family by Queen Victoria after visiting Blair Atholl in 1844).

Blair Castle

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Three years later, in 1842, the regiment escorted Queen Victoria during her tour of Perthshire and, in 1844, when the Queen stayed as a guest of the Duke at Blair Castle, the regiment mounted the guard for the entire duration of her stay.
It was after this she gave permission to establish the Atholl Highlanders.

Iain Murray, 10th Duke of Atholl

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After 1933, there was little activity, and it seemed the regiment would disappear into obscurity until, in 1966, it was reformed by Iain Murray, 10th Duke of Atholl, who made the decision to revive the regiment's annual parade.
In addition, he resurrected the Atholl Highlanders, the ceremonial private army of the dukedom composed of estate workers and family friends, as a tourist attraction.

Lonach Highlanders

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Unlike the Atholl Highlanders, the Lonach Highlanders have never been presented with colours, and are not considered a military unit.

Transvaal Scottish Regiment

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Colonel-in-Chief, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, their allied regiment The Black Watch as well as the Atholl Highlanders and their clan chief, Iain Murray, 10th Duke of Atholl, at Blair Castle in Scotland.

Clan Murray

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Clan Murray
Although the Battle of Culloden was the last time the Highlanders of Atholl went to war, the Murray chief's ceremonial guard which became known as the Atholl Highlanders still has the unique honour of being Europe's only legal private army.

Military history of Scotland

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Atholl Highlanders

Charles Hay, 16th Earl of Kinnoull

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In June 2017 he was promoted to Lt Col and became commanding officer of the Atholl Highlanders.

Regiment

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The Atholl Highlanders is a Scottish ceremonial infantry regiment.

British Army

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The regiment is not part of the British Army but under the command of the Duke of Atholl, and based in Blair Atholl.

Blair Atholl

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The regiment is not part of the British Army but under the command of the Duke of Atholl, and based in Blair Atholl.
This army, known as the Atholl Highlanders, conducts largely social and ceremonial activities, and primarily consists of workers on the extensive Atholl Estates.

Perthshire

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Three years later, in 1842, the regiment escorted Queen Victoria during her tour of Perthshire and, in 1844, when the Queen stayed as a guest of the Duke at Blair Castle, the regiment mounted the guard for the entire duration of her stay. The regiment was raised in Perthshire by John Murray, 4th Duke of Atholl as the 77th Regiment of Foot (or Atholl Highlanders, or Murray's Highlanders) in December 1777.

John Murray, 4th Duke of Atholl

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The regiment was raised in Perthshire by John Murray, 4th Duke of Atholl as the 77th Regiment of Foot (or Atholl Highlanders, or Murray's Highlanders) in December 1777.

Ireland

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The regiment was formed as a relief for other regiments serving in North America, and spent most of its existence in Ireland.

Portsmouth

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However, the regiment was transported to England and marched to Portsmouth to be embarked for service in India.

India

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However, the regiment was transported to England and marched to Portsmouth to be embarked for service in India.

Berwick-upon-Tweed

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The regiment was marched to Berwick, where it disbanded in 1783.

Eglinton Tournament of 1839

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More than 50 years later, in 1839, George Murray, 6th Duke of Atholl, as Lord Glenlyon, formed the regiment as a bodyguard which he took to the Eglinton Tournament at Eglinton Castle, Ayrshire.

Eglinton Castle

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More than 50 years later, in 1839, George Murray, 6th Duke of Atholl, as Lord Glenlyon, formed the regiment as a bodyguard which he took to the Eglinton Tournament at Eglinton Castle, Ayrshire.

Ayrshire

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More than 50 years later, in 1839, George Murray, 6th Duke of Atholl, as Lord Glenlyon, formed the regiment as a bodyguard which he took to the Eglinton Tournament at Eglinton Castle, Ayrshire.

Queen Victoria

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Three years later, in 1842, the regiment escorted Queen Victoria during her tour of Perthshire and, in 1844, when the Queen stayed as a guest of the Duke at Blair Castle, the regiment mounted the guard for the entire duration of her stay.