Wednesday, October 1, 2008

42nd Foot "Black Watch" Lord John Murray

At Ticonderoga the 42nd wore buff facings, the flag is from warflag is for the later uniform change in 1758 after becoming a Royal Regiment and becoming a blue faced regiment.

The 42nd arrived in North America in 1756 and was garrisoned in Albany, New York. On July 8, 1758 during the Battle of Ticonderoga, the 42nd participated in the famed charge on the French lines and attempted to storm the breastworks on Ticonderoga Heights, losing over half its number. On July 22, 1758 the 42nd Regiment of Foot was given 'Royal' designation, becoming the 'Royal Highland Regiment'. King George also authorized the raising of an additional battalion. This 'second battalion' was sent to the West Indies, seeing action at Martinique, and the capture of Guadeloupe in 1759. Later that year, the 'second regiment' joined forces with the 'Old 42nd' at Fort Oswego. Albeit speculation, perhaps this 'regiment' was simply reinforcements, clad in the new 'blue-faced' uniform, and carrying the new Colours. In 1759 the 42nd 'Royal Highland Regiment' took part in the siege of Ticonderoga and the capture of Crown Point, and was present for the French surrender of Montreal in 1760.

I am embarrassed to say that due to time constraints, I had to have my Highlanders painted by a good friend (and saviour) the good Cardinal, otherwise they would not of reached the demo table in time for Moab, these are the first figures i have ever commissioned so I am happy to say that I am very happy with the result.

I really hoped to have a crack at these lovely Front rank figures from the Jacobite rebellion range. I have as yet to due a grenadier company perhaps in the future I will do some myself.


The 42nd highlanders wore the black watch (government set) full plaid pinned on the left shoulder with a brooch, red short jacket with buff facings and white lace with plain metal buttons, blue bonnets with a white feather, black belts and cartridge pouch a brown leather sporran , a short broadsword hang from a black belted baldric from the left shoulder, the hose were red and white diced (they probably wore Indian cloth leggings at Ticonderoga though)black shoes and brass buckles, metal fittings on the musket with a brass butt plate, buff or plain leather sling. Officers were marked by red sashes and gold Aiguillettes and lace and buttons. The Grenadiers of the Highland Regiment were allowed to wear Bearskin-Fur Caps, with the King's Cypher and Crown over it, on a Red ground in the Turn-up, or Flap The drummers possibly also wore the bearskin too, the drum had a buff body with the royal cypher with red hoops and white cords.

There are a few a arguements that surround a number of issues in FIW for this regiment, the first is that the Pipers wore the Royal Stewart, this is how I had the cardinal paint him, as musicians were paid for by the colonel.

Finally a red vertical pin stripe in the in the original plaid for all ranks not just the Grenadiers.


1 comment:

J.Morgan said...

What is the primary source for the red stripe being added to the tartan? I've read this elsewhere and I believe it is accurate but I want a primary citation to use when people inevitably disagree on it. Thanks!