The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Cap Badge

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders cap badge, circa WW1; voided centre version; constructed in white metal depicting a circlet inscribed “ARGYLL AND SUTHERLAND”.  Within the circlet, the cypher “L” of the late Princess Louise, interlaced and reversed.  On the left of the cypher is a boar’s head and on the right is a cat-a-mountain (wild cat). Above the cypher and overlaying the top of the circlet is the Princess’s coronet (a Royal Ducal coronet), all within a wreath of thistles.  Complete with both lugs on reverse, in good condition.

Product ID: 4701

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The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise’s) was a line infantry regiment of the British Army that existed from 1881 until amalgamation into the Royal Regiment of Scotland on 28 March 2006.

The regiment was created under the Childers Reforms in 1881, as the Princess Louise’s (Sutherland and Argyll Highlanders), by the amalgamation of the 91st (Argyllshire Highlanders) Regiment of Foot and 93rd (Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment of Foot, amended the following year to reverse the order of the “Argyll” and “Sutherland” sub-titles.[1] The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was expanded to fifteen battalions during the First World War (1914–1918) and nine during the Second World War (1939–1945). The 1st Battalion served in the 1st Commonwealth Division in the Korean War and gained a high public profile for its role in Aden during 1967.

As part of the restructuring of the British Army’s infantry in 2006, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were amalgamated with the Royal Scots, the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, the Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret’s Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment), the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) and the Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) into the seven battalion strong Royal Regiment of Scotland. Following a further round of defense cuts announced in July 2012 the 5th Battalion was reduced to a single public duties company called Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders).