MuseumRoyal Scots Dragoon Guards
About the museum
Take a tour of the museum with 3 of our famous horses: Grey Lady, Rattler and Ramilies.
Grey Lady: Welcome to the tour, I’m Grey Lady, your equestrian tour guide.
Rattler: and I’m Rattler
Ramilies: …and don’t forget me - I’m Ramilies. Rambo if you prefer.
Grey Lady: We’re here to guide you round the Scots Dragoon Guards Museum.
Ramilies: Royal Scots Dragoon Guards – don’t forget the royal bit.
Grey Lady: It’s a museum that's all about a Scottish regiment. But what I think is most special, and of course I’m biased, is that ours is a cavalry regiment. Us horses are very much part of its history.
Rattler: They couldnae have done it without us.
Grey Lady: Are you doing this or me?
Grey Lady: That’s why us horses are here to show you our
museum highlights, our favourite things.
Rattler: Ooh, my favourites are apples,
Ramilies: And music, that’s very important to me.
Grey Lady: Oh, and don’t forget shoes!
Ramilies: Enough! Tell them Grey Lady, this is a serious museum about brave people and battles and war.
Rattler: It is. But it’s jam-packed with good stories, and the best thing is that us horses feature in lots of them.
Ramilies: Before we go any further Grey Lady, do remind them we’re nothing to do with Dragons.
Grey Lady: Dragons! What! Where?
Rattler: Dinna be daft - there’s no such thing as
dragons – they know that. It’s no dragons, its dragoons
Grey Lady: I wish I could feel so sure. I’ve seen such awful things. But yes, now I think of it, you’re right, dragoons is a just an old word for soldiers who travel on horseback and climb down to fight.
Ramilies: Not strictly true: I think you’ll find it comes from the name of a special type of gun that a French dragoon regiment used to carry, that’s if we’re going to be precise about the original etymology of the word.
Ramilies: So you really believe in Dragons Grey Lady?
Grey Lady: I do. Oh did you say you had some oats on you?
Rattler: Boring, boring. Come on let’s get on wi’ it.
Grey Lady: Oh, sorry, one of us should probably say that if they are interested in something us horses don’t know about they can always read what’s in the cases or ask a human.
Ramilies: As if human knowledge could surpass this trio of fine equine minds.
Rattler: They ken a’ that. Get on wi’t.
Plan your visit
- Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Old Town, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 2NG, United Kingdom
Exhibits featured with audio
Rattler and Waterloo
The French Flag
Roman pattern helmet
Albert pattern helmet
Tsar Nicholas II
Wooden carved picture
Trooper Tommy and Villeselve
The Battle of Salerno
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