Queen Victoria’s Highlanders

Queen Victoria’s Highlanders

Men-at-Arms 442
  • Author: Stuart Reid
  • Illustrator: Gerry Embleton
  • Short code: MAA 442
  • Publication Date: 3 Oct 2007
  • Number of Pages: 48
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In 2006 the title 'Highlanders' finally disappeared from the British Army's list of infantry regiments after nearly 270 years. Throughout this period Scottish Highland units distinguished themselves in battle, but it was in the 19th-century heyday of the British Empire that they acquired an elite reputation and their colourful uniforms evolved to their full complexity. This book traces and explains the identity and appearance of the individual regiments throughout Queen Victoria's reign, illustrating a wide variety of their home service uniforms with engravings, paintings, photographs, and full colour plates specially researched and prepared for this tribute to a unique military tradition.

Biographical Note

Stuart Reid has worked as a librarian and a professional soldier and his main focus of interest lies in the 18th and 19th centuries. This interest stems from having ancestors who served in the British Army and the East India Company and who fought at Culloden, Bunker Hill and even in the Texas Revolution. Previous works for Osprey include titles about King George's Army 1740-93 and the British Redcoat 1740-1815. Gerry Embleton has been a leading illustrator and researcher of historical costume since the 1970s, and has illustrated and written Osprey titles on a wide range of subjects over more than 20 years. He is an internationally respected authority on 15th and 18th century costumes in particular. He lives in Switzerland, where since 1988 he has also become well known for designing and creating life-size historical figures for museums.


The Scottish regiments post-Waterloo: dramatic increase in public reputation - restoration of the kilt (previously forbidden on political grounds since Jacobite rebellion) to unkilted units Chronology of campaigns - e.g. South Africa, Canada, Crimea, Indian Mutiny, Persia, North-west Frontier, Afghanistan Unit organization and evolution throughout the century, culminating in Cardwell reforms of 1880s and granting of formal title 'Highlanders' Uniform evolution throughout the century, with increasing introduction of romantic 'clan' distinctions

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