Regimental Sergeant Major’s Message
Congratulations for selecting the newly upgraded website of the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's ). Contained within this site are numerous articles, facts and information that pertain to the Battalion and our Regimental Family. The Regiment and the family that surround it bring together the serving members and all those who support it from the youngest members of our affiliated Cadet Corps to the oldest members of our Regimental Association. This diverse group of volunteers and serving members maintain the heart and soul of the Regiment and ensure that we are ready to meet the challenges of the next 100 years of service to our country.
The Canadian Scottish (Can Scots) is an infantry battalion located on Vancouver Island. We maintain permanent locations in Victoria, Nanaimo and Courtenay where our soldiers gather and train. Some of our soldiers commute up to an hour so they can join their fellow soldiers and train together as a team. I am constantly impressed by the dedication displayed by our soldiers and the efforts they undertake to keep their skills sharp. For most service in the military is a second career they have undertaken and many maintain a commitment to serve throughout their adult working life. Retirement often involves further commitment to the Regimental Association and the rewards of staying part of the Regimental Family.
The Regiment maintains the Highland Traditions that were adopted when the Regiment was formed in 1914. At this time many members of the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) were of Scottish origin and the highland traditions were adopted as a common bond for the soldiers that were recruited from Victoria, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Hamilton. The 16th proudly wore the kilt throughout the First World War even though the original Scottish members of the Battalion were few in numbers by wars end. In the Second World War the 1st Battalion Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's) returned to Europe wearing battle dress trousers instead of kilts. Kilts were reserved for the pipe band and non combat members. Every soldier wore a small square of tartan behind his cap badge as reminder that they were part of Scottish Regiment. This tradition continues to this day. Kilts are still worn for parades and formal events while the balmoral with tartan behind the cap badge is worn for field operations.
The contents of this site present the Can Scots in all its forms. Each entry and page contains information that paint a unit of one that maintains the traditions of the past, but is always looking towards the future. As the demands placed on us by our country evolve the Scottish adapt to keep pace. More than one visit may be required to view all the unit options. Enjoy.