Officer, 92nd Highland Regiment, 1854


Uniforms of the Scottish Regiments 1730-1959

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Since 2006: The Royal Regiment of Scotland. When the 92nd was joined with the 75th in 1881 to form the Gordon Highlanders, there was considerable indignation, as indeed there was throughout the infantry at these unpopular amalgamations, and the number ’92’ was buried with full military honours. However, by next morning the grave had sprouted a tombstone with the inscription ‘Ninety-twa, not deid yet’. And the regiment is still very much alive. Here is an officer of the 92nd in the dress in which Highland Regiments went to the Crimean War. The coat has developed since 1814 along the lines of those of the rest of the army. The collar, previously open in front, has been closed in the Prussian fashion, and the epaulettes have grown from the small and rather elegant fringes of 1814 to the cumbersome and heavy ornaments which were abandoned by the Army in 1856 but which were retained by the Navy until 1939, and now survive only in a few orders of dress, such as that of the Gentlemen at Arms, and the officers of the Yeomen of the Guard. The short and handsome tails behind the jacket were worn instead of the longer tails, reaching nearly to the knee, worn by the rest of the army, but which would not have suited the kilt. The sash, sword belt, bonnet, kilt, and claymore differ very little from those worn in 1939.

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Dimensions24 × 37.5 cm