British Infantry Uniforms of the 19th Century: #10

10. The Gordon Highlanders

The Gordon Highlanders were formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of the 75th Stirlingshire Regiment and the 92nd Highlanders. The Duchess of Gordon played an active part in the recruiting of the regiment by bestowing a kiss on each intending recruit. The drawing depicts a private of the regiment about 1840.

Number 10 of 25 from “British Uniforms of the 19th Century” – a cigarette card series issued by manufacturer Amalgamated Tobacco (Mills).

2 thoughts on “British Infantry Uniforms of the 19th Century: #10

  1. Interesting. I thought that they had been raised in the 1700’s only to find out that they had be officially labeled the Gordon Highlanders in 1881. Were they called the Gordon Highlanders when they fought at Waterloo or was it just a nickmame that the 92nd just had?

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  2. Yes, it was an informal name. At Waterloo it was officially the 92nd Regiment of Foot although it had changed names a few times with “Gordon Highlanders” or something similar occasionally appearing in brackets before then. So I guess that the name may have endured as a nickname at that time at least? It only became known actually as the “The Gordon Highlanders” after the 1881 army reforms and a merger.

    Likewise, the Scots Greys were formally the “2nd Royal North British Dragoons” during the battle of Waterloo and not the “Scots Greys” until many years later! But popular imagination knows both regiments by what at the time were their informal names.

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