Atholl Highlanders

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

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.

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.

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).

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 title also commands the only legal private army in Europe, the Atholl Highlanders, which is headquartered at Blair Castle.

Lonach Highlanders

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

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.

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.

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.


Although Scotland has a long military tradition predating the Treaty of Union with England, its armed forces now form part of the British Armed Forces, with the exception of the Atholl Highlanders, Europe's only legal private army.

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.

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While Monro and Houghton were at Portsmouth, Monro witnessed the mutiny of the 77th Regiment of Foot, who refused to go to India, maintaining that their term of enlistment had expired.

Harriet Mordaunt

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Sir Thomas Moncreiffe served in the Grenadier Guards and become a captain in the Atholl Highlanders.

Outline of Scotland

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Scotland had its own military until 1707. Now merged with British Armed Forces except for the Atholl Highlanders.

1839 in Scotland

George Murray, 6th Duke of Atholl, revives the Atholl Highlanders as a personal bodyguard.

Blair Stewart-Wilson

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He joined the Scots Guards on 14 July 1949, three days before his 20th birthday, and in 1952 was commissioned as a lieutenant into the Atholl Highlanders (the Duke of Atholl's private regiment).

David Stewart (major-general)

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He was given a commission as ensign in the 77th, (Atholl Highlanders) on 21 April 1783, but that regiment was disbanded soon afterwards.

Clan Stewart

This is maintained today with the Atholl Highlanders, Europe's only legal private army.

Dorothea Ruggles-Brise

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A 6/8 pipe march commemorating her wedding was composed by Aeneas Rose, pipe-major of the Atholl Highlanders.

Merlin Hay, 24th Earl of Erroll

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The Earl of Erroll has been a lieutenant at the Atholl Highlanders since 1974, and is a Member of the Royal Company of Archers.