Spot Quiz - the 10 Oldest Regiments...

#1
Folks - here's one for real anoraks.

Based purely on the passage of time since inception, list the 10 Oldest British Regiments, from oldest to (relative term) youngest. This is not a question about seniority...

Or if you like, just list some and bold Regiments and where you think they place in the Top Ten.

Good luck! :D
 
#2
The royal scots

the black watch

honourable artillery company

blues and royals

life guards

grenadier guards

green howards

Royal green jackets (better said its predecessors ie KRRC etc)

Sharpes rifles

royal engineers/arty
 
#3
me n bee said:
The royal scots Yes - wrong place
honourable artillery company Yes - right place (3rd)
the black watch No
blues and royals Yes - wrong place
life guards Yes - wrong place
grenadier guards Yes - wrong place
green howards No
Royal green jackets (better said its predecessors ie KRRC etc) No
Sharpes rifles No - lol!
royal engineers/arty No - but half a mark for 'Engrs' - which mob?
 
#4
Darth_Doctrinus said:
royal engineers/arty No - but half a mark for 'Engrs' - which mob?
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Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers

How about one of the Yeomanry units, e.g. Sherwood Foresters?
 
#6
the household cavalry

honourable artillery company

royal monmouthshire royal engineers

royal scots

grenadier guards

any of those ????
 
#7
updated for Carpe's and Knocker's input:

  • 1. The royal scots Yes - wrong place
    2. The Honourable Artillery Company (1537)
    3. the black watch No
    4. blues and royals Yes - wrong place
    5. life guards Yes - wrong place
    6. grenadier guards Yes - wrong place
    7. green howards No
    8. Royal green jackets (better said its predecessors ie KRRC etc) No
    9. Sharpes rifles No - lol!
    10. Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) Yes - wrong place

No Yeomanry units are in the Top Ten...
 
#8
King's Own Royal Border
 
#9
Are the Royal Scots the oldest Infantry Regiment? I only ask because I recall a Soldier magazine *cough* years ago stating it on its front cover?

Edited to add - or was it the Queens? head now proper muddled
 
#11
Darth_Doctrinus said:
updated for Carpe's and Knocker's input:

  • 1. The royal scots Yes - wrong place
    2. The Honourable Artillery Company (1537)
    3. the black watch No
    4. blues and royals Yes - wrong place
    5. life guards Yes - wrong place
    6. grenadier guards Yes - wrong place
    7. green howards No
    8. Royal green jackets (better said its predecessors ie KRRC etc) No
    9. Sharpes rifles No - lol!
    10. Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) Yes - wrong place

No Yeomanry units are in the Top Ten...
As near as I can figure

1. Royal Militia of the Island of Jersey 1337 (TA RE unit??)
2. Honourable Artillery Company 1537
3. Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers 1539
4. Buffs 1572 (now Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment)
5. Royal Scots 1633
6. Coldstream Guards 1650
7. Royal Horse Guards 1650 (now Blues and Royals or HCR to the pedantic)
8. Grenedier Guards 1656
9. Life Guards 1658
10. Scots Guards 1661
 
#12
Wedge_not_Sapper said:
Are the Royal Scots the oldest Infantry Regiment? I only ask because I recall a Soldier magazine *cough* years ago stating it on its front cover?
The Royal Scots are the oldest Regiment in the Regular Army...

Edited to add - or was it the Queens? head now proper muddled
Now then...I believe they amalgamated with someone...possibly someone w-a-a-a-a-a-y down south! :D
 
#14
Latest:

  • 1. Royal Militia of the Island of Jersey (1337)
    2. Honourable Artillery Company (1537)
    3. Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) (1539)
    4. Buffs (now Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment) (1572)
    5. Royal Scots (1633) Yes - wrong place
    6. Coldstream Guards (1650) Yes - wrong place
    7. Royal Horse Guards (1650) (now Blues and Royals) Yes - wrong place
    8. Grenadier Guards (1656) Yes - wrong place
    9. Life Guards (1658) Yes - wrong place
    10. Scots Guards (1661) [No[/b]

To save much headscratching, there is a unit missing at No. 5 - lose the Scots Guards and everyone else shifts down into the right order...

I also have to say that I'm being slightly sneaky as the British Army wasn't even formed by Warrant until all these Regiments were already in existence.
 
#18
Wedge_not_Sapper said:
Boll***s to it - I will Google it like everyone else

The Connaught Rangers / Scots Brigade (1568-1922). in at number 5
Correct Wedge! :D

Well that killed off an hour or so - what would we do without Google?

Here's a link to the respective histories - click here.

Well played all.
 
#19
The Royal Militia of the Island of Jersey (1337)
Honourable Artillery Company (1537)
Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) (1539)
The Buffs (1572)
The Connaught Rangers / Scots Brigade (1568-1922)
The Royal Scots (1633)
Coldstream Guards (1650)
Royal Horse Guards (1650)
Grenadier Guards (1656)
Life Guards (1658)

http://www.regiments.org/about/faq/oldest.htm
 
#20
1. HAC - 1537
2. PWRR (The Buffs - 1572)
3. Royal Scots - 1633
4. Coldstreams - 1650
5. Grenadiers - 1656
6. Scots Guards - 1660
7. Life Guards - 1661
8. The Blues - 1661
9. RSDG (The Greys - 1678)
10. Kings - 1680

Edited to add - B*ll*cks! Spent so long scratching my head I missed about ten posts and it was all over. Arrse!
 

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