These "Records" are designed as a contribution to the army annals of Scotland — to " the warlike reputation of our history." it truly is precise that the documents of the volunteer military cover—with the exception in their prone, as a rule in small our bodies connected to standard devices, through the battle in South Africa—no floor of warlike exploits, but they unfold over nigh upon part a century of the nationwide existence, and that, too, a interval within which the common forces of the Crown were put upon a wholly new foundation, and switched over from a long-service military of the previous kind right into a short-service, principally territorialised strength, with targeted neighborhood institutions, and with an ever and ever expanding reference to the second one line or auxiliary forces of the kingdom. To this connection, to this raise of the facility of the forces of the Crown, to this nationwide —as exceptional from only professional—military spirit, no issue has been stronger than the " volunteer movement," and in no a part of His Majesty's dominions has the circulate been extra enthusiastically taken up — and maintained — than within the northern element of the uk. The Scottish volunteers have proved by means of the massive share which their numbers have continually borne to the male inhabitants, by way of the excessive measure of potency to which they've got attained, as attested by means of the Royal approbation fre-
quently bestowed upon them, and through the beneficiant help which they've got afforded in instances of pressure to their nationwide usual regiments, that the previous warlike spirit runs as excessive as ever in Scotland, and their chronicles can't for this reason fail to be of curiosity to all patriotic Scots.
The current turns out a in particular acceptable time while a few list of the starting place and historical past of the strength might be compiled, as, to begin with, its personality and business enterprise were replaced and it has supplied the cadres for the territorial military of the longer term; and secondly, in many years' time any try and arrive at info as to the earliest formations of the volunteer corps will be in useless. From the checklist appended to this Preface it is going to be obvious how few are the efforts that have been made to decide to paper the histories of volunteer corps ; certainly within the previous days no files in any respect have been saved generally. these days, for this reason, the naked evidence disclosed by means of a research of military lists and different reliable files can commonly be in basic terms amplified by way of the private reminiscences of these who took half within the move in its early days. these males at the moment are passing clear of between us, and with them their wisdom should be buried within the grave; so it turns into a pious army accountability to gather up to attainable of what they must inform and to checklist it in an enduring form.
In half I. of those " files " an try is made to offer a common cartoon of the increase and development of the volunteer flow with detailed connection with Scotland. the majority of this component is of necessity derived from legit files, returns, military orders, manuals, laws, and reviews of commissions, yet targeted consciousness has been paid to money owed of the 3 nice reports of Scottish volunteers held via her late
Majesty Queen Victoria in 1860 and 1881, and through his current Majesty in 1905, as common of the country of the strength at those classes, and basic information as to the strength were summarised within the Appendices. half II. needs to be learn in reference to half I., because the common account within the latter is usual to the entire person files of corps within the former.
Deprived of the main points of agency, education, apparatus, and ancient gatherings, amassed jointly partly I. and the Appendices, the person documents of corps lessen themselves to summaries in their specified foundation, formation, uniform, adjustments in power and distribution, the numbers provided for energetic carrier, and the names in their commanding officials. a few documents, the place released histories or inner most memoranda have been accessible, are fuller than others,