Alan Clayton put on a row of commemorative medals and posed for a photograph with the First Minister at a Remembrance ceremony in the Capital.
But it is claimed Mr Clayton, who works as a cook in Leith’s South African-themed Shebeen bar, borrowed the medals from the Reverend Bill Mackie, an ex-soldier who now runs on-line Bible classes.
When confronted, Mr Clayton admitted the medals where not his but said he wore them “to show remembrance for others”.
Mr Mackie, 58, of Lochend, Edinburgh, said: “He wanted to borrow some commemorative medals for a remembrance ceremony so I said he could borrow mine. This is perfectly innocent.”