A very rare officer 9th Volunteer Highlanders Royal Scots shoulder title as worn by officers of the battalion from 1900 until 1908 when the battalion became transferred to the territorial force.

Major Gordon was one of the co-founders of the battalion and was appointed Captain on 6 August 1900 and was the first commander of A-company. In  May 1905 he was appointed Major and became Brigade-Major a month later. He served the battalion until 1906 when he was appointed Secretary of the Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley. However, he will reunite with them overseas during the First World War where he one day run into the co-founder Honorary Major and Quartermaster Andrew Gordon.

There is no doubt that Major Gordon had a pair of similar shoulder titles on his uniform while serving the battalion. The title was bought from an esteemed badge collector and dealer.


Soon after the establishment of the battalion, many trophies and cups were introduced. One of these cups was called the Captain A. A. Gordon Cup, later Major A. A. Gordon Cup. This cup was for the best volunteer in A-Company under the command of Captain A. A. Gordon. 

The medals are all silver marked and bear the officer's badge on the front. The medal is unnamed and has a plain backside. The date stempel shows the year 1908.


A scarce 9th Volunteer Highlanders Royal Scots officers belt plate as worn by Then Captain and later Major Gordon. The belt plate has the maker's stamp of Stewart & Sons, 88 George Street, Edinburgh. It has silvered and gilded die-cast fittings. The same belt plate can be seen on Major Gordon's cross belt in his 9th Volunteer Highland Battalion Royal Scots uniform. 


The certificate appointed A. A. Gordon to the rank of Captain under Queen Victoria's reign but was signed by crown prince (the Prince of Wales) Edward VII. Queen Victoria died in January 1901 in the arms of her grandson, later the German Emporer Wilhelm II of Germany

The certificate was signed by Edward VII and St. John Brodick (Former Secretary of State) and later 1st Earl of Midleton. Major Gordon was commissioned on August 6, 1900, while his certificate is dated August 17, 1900. Major Gordon is given the title of Esquire to his name as he was serving as a Justice of the Peace during the time. In the upper left corner, the royal seal is attached.



The Royal Company of Archer's sash badge was placed on the lower end of the sash which all members whore. The badge, having a ceremonial purpose is made in the style of a British order and has a small resemblance with the order of the thistle the badge is placed on a Saltire and a star. In the middle, we find a thistle with the motto Nemo me Impune Lacessit in a green enameled circle which contains threated circles. On the star, the words Kings Body Guard of Scotland are placed with a crown on the top. Today the company is renamed the Queen's bodyguard of Scotland. The badge holds a structural backplate on the back.

The sash badge is not from Major Gordon's personal collection and was bought by the society as a genuine replacement from the era he served the regiment.

CAP BADGE (Middle)

The Royal Company of Archer's cap badge consists of an oval belt where a Saltire (or st. Andrews cross is placed upon with in the middle the royal crown crossed with two arrows. On the bottom of the belt, a medallion is placed with the Scottish thistle surrounded by the slogan Nemo me Impune Lacessit, which was the Latin motto of the Royal Stuart dynasty of Scotland from the reign of James VI. On the belt, the name of the company is placed in a round circle: "Royal Compy of Archers.

The badge is not from Major Gordon's personal collection and was bought by the society as a genuine replacement. 


The Victorian cross belt plate of the Royal Company of Archers holds the motto "in Peace and War". The motto is placed on a Scottish belt. The badge has the Queen's crown of Queen Victoria on the top and has two crossed arrows with a ribbon in the middle. On the back, the badge is attached with three loops onto the cross belt.

The cross belt comes not from the personal collection of Major Gordon but was bought by the society as a genuine and exact example that Major Gordon got during his service in the Company.


"My Royal .... Brassards as used by me, as Belgian King's Messenger, from .... 1914, unit late in .... during all the Escorts ... (?). I was appointed above, after taking part in the siege of Antwerp, in ... (?) with the staff of the Royal Naval Division"



BELGIAN ROYAL BRASSARD I (Possibly October 1914/Siege of Antwerp)

This royal brassard of Major Gordon is the one we identified as the one he was wearing during his involvement in the Siege of Antwerp in October 1914. During the early days of the war, Major Gordon organized the Belgian Relief Fund and was later his former rank of Major back to serve as Colonel Jack Seely's Ordinarily Officer.

Major Gordon was later personally awarded twice by King Albert I for his involvement in evacuating the hospitals and the men of the Royal Naval Division. First, he received the Belgian Civic Cross and later the Croix de Guerre (Belgium) after King Albert read his report of the siege and retreat.

The Brassard holds the royal cipher with a gold treat in the middle and on the Belgian state flag.


This royal brassard of Major Gordon is the one we identified as the one he is wearing in his portrait picture of 1916. During this time Major Gordon was acting as Kings Messenger and involved in the establishment of the hospital L'ocean at La Panne, escorting the Belgian princes and princess from England to Belgium and back as well as countless important people to the front. For example Mrs Margot Asquith, Lord Curzon, The princess de Bourbon-Parma, Eugéne Ysaÿe and his band. 

The picture of Major Gordon wearing his Royal Brassard (see below) shows him in his cuff rank uniform together with his ribbons among with the Member of the Victorian Order and the Chevalier in the Legion d'Honneur. The royal brassard is seen on his left arm. It is believed that it is this brassard wich King Albert mentioned in his visit to the castle of Edinburgh and said: "Major Gordon, you are the blame for this! Your brassard has given me away!"


This royal brassard is considered Major Gordon's formal and dress own and possibly made after the armistice as it has a very distinct quality which during the war was not possible to acquire.

The brassard is a more narrow design and has a similar design to those we see in pictures during the armistice and celebrations afterward. For this, it is believed he has worn it on the occasion of guiding Admiral Beatty and later Queen Mary during their trips to Belgium. It was also probably used during the visit of the Silver Jubilee (918) in which Major Gordon had a great attribution in getting a suitable present for the British Royal Family.

Badge: "Oeuvre Du Vêtement Des Soldats/Belges Londres/1914-1917"

The badge was designed by the Belgian Sculptor Victor Rousseau in 1917. It measures 4 x 2,9 cm and has the initials R V (Rousseau Victor) on the back. The number 29 is the individual number given to each recipient. The badge was found together with Victor Rousseau's guestbook signature (see section paper items) and therefore most certainly the personal one given by him to Major Gordon for his involvement in the Belgian Relief Fund.

In England the organisation was called "The Lonely Belgian Soldiers' Fund". A similar badge is held by the Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.


WILLIAM HYDE EAGLESON GORDON was the oldest son of Major Gordon, a student of Haileybury College and a Cambridge undergraduate.

William was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the 8th Gordon Highlanders at the First World War outbreak and went overseas in May 1915. At the front, William was promoted to Lieutenant and served with gallantry.

On September 25, 1915, William became involved in the Battle of Loos, where he suffered a headshot. He was evacuated to Etaples Military Hospital and succumbed to his wounds on September 30, 1915. William is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery. In honour of his service and sacrifice, the cap badge of the Gordon Highlanders commemorates him!


EDMUND ROBERT ADAM GORDON was the youngest son of Major Gordon and a student at Haileybury College. Like his brother, he has commissioned a Second Lieutenant into the 7th Seaforth Highlanders. Both brothers mainly served together after going overseas. He survived the Battle of Loos but contracted Jaundice and Neurostania and was repatriated to England. After his recovery, he was an instructor in Machine gun courses. Later in the war, he returned to France and got wounded in 1918, suffering first from a leg wound and afterwards, a bullet struck his right hand. After several operations, the doctors amputated a portion of his hand and several fingers. After he got married he was diagnosed with TBC and died in 1932. 

In commemorating Edmund's service, we dedicated this silver three-piece cap badge to him. The piece was made by the silversmith Henry Tatton.