On this day in 1689 David Leslie 3rd Earl of Leven, by command of the Scottish Parliament, raised a regiment of foot in Edinburgh to defend that city against the Jacobites. Eight hundred men were recruited by beat of drum in a space of four hours. The regiment, originally known as Leven's or the Edinburgh Regiment and eventually The King's Own Scottish Borderers, were granted the privilege of recruiting by beat of drum on the Royal Mile and parading in the City with bayonets fixed and Colours flying without first asking permission. This will be the Regiments' last birthday as they are shortly to be amalgamated with the remainder of Scotland's infantry regiments. 317 years of unbroken, unamalgamated service to Scotland! XXV Best wishes to all Borderers XXV.