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alan L26 Jan 2018 11:40 a.m. PST

I presume that those regiments designated as Highland Regiments such as Black Watch, Seaforths and Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, wore the regimental tartan kilt in the field, perhaps with a khaki apron (is this correct or did that only come with WWI?).

What about the Royal Scots Fusiliers, Highland Light Infantry and Cameronians (Scottish Rifles): did they wear tartan trews, rather than the kilt?

Any help will be appreciated as I am making up an order for figures and need to know many kilted figures to order.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2018 4:51 p.m. PST

Yes on the apron and kilt. I need to check my references on the trews. I know the trews were worn on the Northwest Frontier in 1897.

GreenLeader26 Jan 2018 6:49 p.m. PST

The apron was certainly in use in the Boer War and before the Highland Brigade advanced against the Magersfontein position, sporrans were also removed:

'Every precaution was taken: there was to be no smoking, sporrans were not to be worn, and khaki aprons were donned over kilts. Ropes were run from the front to the back of the brigade to delineate the left flank and help maintain order in the darkness. Buttons were smudged and officers were ordered to leave their swords in campóWauchope was the only officer to carry his claymore into action.'

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2018 7:21 p.m. PST

Just checked my Ospreys. Tartan trews, early war, yes. Later replaced with khaki.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2018 8:33 p.m. PST
alan L27 Jan 2018 2:58 a.m. PST

Many thanks.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2018 12:59 p.m. PST


You can just make out the khaki apron.

rdg112520 Feb 2018 8:09 p.m. PST

Here's a link showing painting techniques and a list of tartans for Scottish regiments in the late 1800's.


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