7 SCOTS mark Burns Night with a new Honorary Colonel

Scots actor, James Cosmo MBE, takes up Honorary Colonel role with Perth-based Royal Regiment of Scotland Battalion

He has been Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, in Game of Thrones and Lieutenant Colonel Philip Drysdale, Commanding Officer of The King’s Fusiliers, in Soldier Soldier. However, this Burns Night, The Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Army in Scotland are proud to announce that Scots actor James Cosmo has been appointed Honorary Colonel of a real-life Army Battalion, the Perth- based 7th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (7 SCOTS).

James, who has also appeared in films and TV series such as Braveheart, Troy, Trainspotting, Ben-Hur, Outlander, Death in Paradise, Silent Witness and Sons of Anarchy, was first approached by the Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2018 and asked to take up the prestigious role of Honorary Colonel in 2019. He was confirmed in the appointment in late 2020. The responsibility for the appointment of the Honorary Colonel of an Army Reserve Unit lies with the Ministry of Defence.

The role of an Honorary Colonel is to foster esprit-de-corps and show a genuine interest in the unit and personnel to which they are appointed. They are there to represent the unit within both civilian and military communities whilst also taking on the role of a figurehead. Honorary Colonels do not need to have a background in the military but, are chosen to best represent the people they serve.

Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Mackinnon, Commanding Officer of 7 SCOTS, said: “We are truly delighted that Colonel James has accepted this appointment. We are really looking forward to having him visit, when restrictions allow, and meet his Battalion to see what we do. I have spoken with him on several occasions, and I am really struck by his sense of duty and desire to help raise the profile of the Battalion and the role Reservists play in the Army and society.”

Private Andy McLean, of 7 SCOTS, was delighted to hear of the appointment: “Everyone in the Battalion thinks it’s great news – he was Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch and now he gets to be the boss of the real Army of the North! We’re clearly much better and he’ll love being part of our Battalion!”

Lance Corporal David Bruce agreed, “I think its brilliant he has been made our Honorary Colonel – he was born in Clydebank so comes from our recruiting area. I think he will be great for us and help get more people to understand what the Army Reserve is and what we do.”

Major General Nick Borton, Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, and its most senior officer, commented: “I am delighted to add my welcome to the new Honorary Colonel of 7 SCOTS, to those of the rest of the wider Regiment, and wish him every success in his appointment”.