Today’s SOFREP Pic of the Day features a member of the Gordon Highlanders, rockin’ a tam o’shanter, sitting on a child’s bike in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1977.
Upon careful examination of the photograph, it appears that the soldier is carrying what appears to be an L1A1 rifle. I’m not 100% sure; I wasn’t there, and I was only a little older than the kid in the red shirt when the photo was taken.
A Brief History of the Gordon Highlanders
The Gordon Highlanders, a noted regiment of the British Army, boasts a rich and storied history extending over two centuries. Established in 1794 by the 4th Duke of Gordon, Alexander Gordon, this regiment was initially named the “100th Regiment of Foot” but was later renumbered as the 92nd Regiment of Foot in 1798. The distinctive heritage and valor of the Gordon Highlanders are intricately woven into the military and cultural tapestry of Scotland and the United Kingdom.
In the early days, the Gordon Highlanders, like other Scottish regiments, were identified by their unique tartan, the Gordon tartan, featuring a dark blue, green, and yellow pattern. This tartan, along with their feather bonnet and the regimental badge featuring the stag’s head and the motto “Bydand,” meaning “steadfast” or “stand and fight,” became symbols of their identity and bravery. The regiment’s origins in the northeast of Scotland, particularly in Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, contributed to the robust and hardy nature of its soldiers, making them formidable in battle.