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QUICK MARCH 1ST BATTALION ROYALS. Scottish, March (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. James Aird dedicated his compilation to the various ‘volunteer and defensive bands’, a reference to the British militia units locally raised for defense of the home islands during the wars with the French. The title, however, refers to the 1st Royal Regiment, 1st Battalion, Royal Scots, the oldest line regiment in the army, raised in 1633. In the 18th century the 1st Battalion saw service in Flanders and in the War of the Austrian Succession at the Battle of Fontenoy (1745). Garrison duty at Gibraltar kept them occupied from 1768–75 (where they were reunited with the regiment's 2nd Battalion). The 1st was sent to the West Indies in 1781 where, later the same year, they fought in the capture of Saint Eustatius,. The tables were turned the next year and the battalion itself was captured at St. Kitts (January, 1782). They were exchanged later in the year. The regiment's motto was "First of foot, right of the line, and the pride of the British army."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs), vol. II, 1785; No. 59, p. 22.

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