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.
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Table of Contents
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