The Proud Trooper: The History of the Ayrshire (Earl of Carrick's Own) Yeomanry from Its Raising in the Eighteenth Century till 1964 - W. Steel BrownlieLondon: Collins, 1964, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with the price clipped.
Black & white photographs; Colour plates; Maps; Colour frontispiece; Roll of honour; Glossary; Appendices (9);
From the cover: “This book tells the story of the Ayrshire (Earl of Carrick’s Own) Yeomanry, the senior regiment of Scotland’s auxiliary forces.
In the Ayrshire of Robert Burns, one day towards the end of the eighteenth century, a few local farmers visited the Earl of Cassillis. They said that, if he would take command of them, they would form a troop of horse for the defence of the district, free of all expense to government.
That was the beginning. In the intervening years the Yeomen have served as cavalry, mounted infantry, infantry, gunners, and tank and reconnaissance troops. Having acted as riot police in the turbulent Radical days, they fought through three wars, in South Africa, Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine, Flanders, Tunisia, Italy, Normandy, Belgium, Holland and Germany. This book follows all these campaigns in full detail, with a wealth of maps and illustrations, and an ample index including references to some 300 units and formations with which the Yeomanry has been associated.
Going far beyond the scope of the usual regimental history, The Proud Trooper will prove of interest to the military and social historian, and to the general reader who appreciates the importance of the auxiliary forces in the nation’s defence structure. A major factor enabling Great Britain to dispense with a large standing army and with permanent conscription is its highly trained and vigorous auxiliary force. In this force, both before and after the Territorial Army was formed in 1908, the Ayrshire Yeomanry has played a prominent part, as this account vividly demonstrates.”