GREY DOUGLAS TARTAN
In the early 1930s, the only Auxiliary Air Force Units in Scotland were 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron and 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron. In common with other Scottish military units, these 2 Squadrons established their own Pipe Bands. Because of the close family links which each Squadron had with the family of the Duke of Hamilton, the bands wore the family Tartan, the Grey Douglas, when performing.
Angus, Duke of Hamilton The Grey Douglas Tartan
In March 1935, 602 Squadron’s Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader The Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale, AFC, MP, wrote to his superior, the Air Officer Commanding No 2 Bomber Group at Andover, requesting that formal approval be given for “the wearing of grey Douglas tartan mess kit by Auxiliary Officers of Scottish Auxiliary Squadrons”. His request went upline to the Air Member for Personnel in London who gave the non-
Later that month, His Majesty King Edward 8th gave the requested approval following which the Air Council wrote to the Air Officer Commanding-
Approval having now been granted, a kilt design was commissioned. This included not only the tartan but also the detail of the sporran, the centre of which was that of the Edinburgh Castle Crest while the five tassels were surmounted with the Glasgow coat of arms. The length of the gold flashes and design of the blue and white diced hose were very accurately specified. The full specifications can be seen below..
The Royal Auxiliary Air Force Kilt Dress Uniform
The late Fg Off Neil Pearson (603 Sqn), the late Lord Monro ( former HAC 2622 Sqn andHIG),
Lord Selkirk (former HAC 2 MHU / 603Sqn -
Gp Capt Bob Kemp (former OC 2 MHU / 603 Sqn, and Inspector RAuxAF and Foundation Trustee).
GREY DOUGLAS TARTAN MESS KIT SPECIFICATIONS
(Copied from 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron letter dated 28 June 1937
RGK and RTWM
RGK & RTWM -