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Glengarry516 May 2022 10:19 p.m. PST

Hello. Are there any 28MM figures of British Highlanders in 1860's home service campaign dress? I am interested in using them for the Fenian Raids/ British intervention Force. I assume it would be kilts, coatees or smocks, glengarries and Enfield rifle muskets and equipment.
thanks

42flanker17 May 2022 10:02 a.m. PST

It would be something similar to these men of the 93rd on campaign on the North-west frontier ca 1863, although they here, for reasons not wholly clear, they have exchanged their regulation Glengarries adopted in 1852 for the old Kilmarnock bonnet
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This is a modeller's rather smarter impression:
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These images of the 78th in Canada at the end of the 1860s will provide a general outline of glengarries, doublets etc as worn in garrison.
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Glengarry517 May 2022 4:19 p.m. PST

Yes, that's the sort of thing I'm looking for! Preferably with Glengarries. Perhaps the Kilmarnock bonnets were preferred on the NWF because they were warmer that Glengarries?

42flanker18 May 2022 6:50 a.m. PST

That hadn't occurred to me. Although, certainly not the way the NCOs cut theirs down!

I had considered the opposite, that the round bonnet allowed the fitting of a white cotton cover and neck curtain availsble to non-Highland troops. Other Highlander regiments besides the 93rd seem to have 're-adopted' the Kilmarnock during the Indian Mutiny, I suspect for that reason.

Glengarry518 May 2022 2:51 p.m. PST

The closest figures i seem to be able to find are Crimean War, in full dress with bearskins, or India Mutiny, smocks with bearskins.

42flanker18 May 2022 11:18 p.m. PST

'bearskins'

Do you mean the feather bonnet?

Whether Highlanders on the Great Lakes border in the 1860s might have taken the field in the feather bonnet is an interesting question. Historically it wasn't worn in the field after the Indian Mutiny, but I imagine it will be difficult to find Highlanders of the period wearing the Glengarry.

Also, it's worth noting that the photos of the 78th in Halifiax and Quebec only show them either in full dress doublet, red shell jacket or the white'drill' jacket. It is possible that at that date the red frock might only have been worn in India.

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