Drummer, 92nd Regiment, 1808


Uniforms of the Scottish Regiments 1730-1959

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Since 2006: The Royal Regiment of Scotland. The regiment was raised in 1794 by the Marquess of Huntley as the 100th Regiment of Foot (Gordon Highlanders), renumbered the 92nd in 1798. This plate shows a drummer of the 92nd Regiment, which in 1881 became the 2nd Battalion, the Gordon Highlanders. Like the fifer, he wears a coat of the facing colour of the regiment, yellow, with red collar and cuffs, and lace of regimental pattern. The tartan is of a pattern like that of the Black Watch, with a yellow stripe added. The feathers on the bonnet have increased in size and number and have attained almost the proportions of the final model, current after the Crimean War. The drum carriage hangs in front of the body (not over one shoulder and under the other arm, as now) a method of carrying a drum which seems to be awkward and inducive of fatigue. It was not altered until after the Crimean War. Drummers, like fifers, were recruited from specially selected boys, often sons of the regiment, at about the age of fourteen. After fourteen it was found difficult to teach them, but before that age they were not strong enough to carry the drum on long marches or on active service. They were under the personal supervision of the Drum Major, who was specially selected for his physique and character. Apparently, it was the custom for him to carry out the duties now carried out by the post-corporal, supervising and delivering mail in the regiment, and he had to be fit to be entrusted with the money which would in consequence pass through his hands. The dress of the drum major was decided by the colonel and the officers of the regiment and was often more magnificent than that of the officers.

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Dimensions 24 × 37.5 cm