In defence Find out more about the defenders of Scotland on the home front. While many Scots chose a life of military service, much of their duty lay overseas expending or defending the British empire. So who was left to defend Scotland in time of war or danger? Follow the story of how Scots became involved in part-time or temporary military service as volunteers, or as required by law in defence of the state. Find out how war gradually came to touch the lives of everyone in Scotland. Things to see In this gallery you'll find medals, mementoes, souvenirs and photographs that tell the personal stories of the men and women who protected Scotland on the home front. Lance Corporal Roberts, Edinburgh Home Guard. Regimental drum dating from 1778-1783.