the Devil's Own!
As a volunteer regiment the Inns of Court can trace
its lineage back to the 16th century, to the reign of Queen
Elizabeth I. The 'Inns' are Lincoln's Inn, Gray's Inn, the
Inner Temple and the Middle Temple which represent the hub
of the legal profession in Great Britain, acting as a centre
for legal education and controlling admission to the Bar.
They set the standard for legal practice in Britain.
They owe their nickname, The Devil's Own, to King George
III, that being his quip when told that the regiment consisted
entirely of lawyers! Naturally the regiment changed through
the years, both in function and title but in 1908 it became
part of the Territorial Army and took on the role of an
officer training corps which it maintained throughout the
First World War.
In 1940 the Inns of Court became an armoured car regiment
in the Royal Armoured Corps and it spent the next four years
learning its trade and taking part in major exercises in
different parts of Britain.
Tank Museum photo No. 4838/D/3
When C Squadron landed on Juno Beach on D-Day it was the
only true armoured car unit on shore. It faced a daunting
The Inns of Court and City Yeomanry Museum,
10, Stone Buildings,
London WC2A 3TG (by appointment only).