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Glengarry503 Oct 2019 12:25 p.m. PST

Did Canadian troops wear Kilmarnock and/or Glengarry bonnets during the Riel Rebellion?

Redblack03 Oct 2019 1:57 p.m. PST

You are talking about the Canadian Militia at the end of a very long and expensive supply line. As to your question as there were no highland units in Saskatchewan I would suggest that there were few if any but …?




willthepiper03 Oct 2019 2:04 p.m. PST

For the 1885 Rebellion, there were several different types of headress, however glengarry bonnets were I believe the most common.

Like this chap, QoRofC:


but I've also seen cowboy hats (e.g., Steele's Scouts, Rocky Mountain Rangers, NWMP)


I've also seen photos and sketches with fur busbys, something that looked like a havelock and other things.

For 1870, I'd just use the Perry BIF!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2019 4:11 p.m. PST

I suspect slouch hats and glengarrys were common, but some of the troops did have helmets (probably only worn for inspection) and others had pillbox caps and the Queen's Own Rifles wore busbys






epturner Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2019 5:08 p.m. PST

All lovely stuff.

This is one period I'm actually determined to do.

Thanks for sharing these photos.


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