Uniforms and accouterments of Scottish militia, fencibles and yeomanry regiments from the 18th-19th centuries.

1-3. Officers jacket of the Royal Glasgow Volunteers, 1794. Like many volunteer units, the Glasgow volunteers had little government support and Officers served without pay and were elected from the men in the regiment.

4. Tarleton Helmet of the Edinburgh Troop of Volunteer Cavalry from 1805. This regiment was made up of the wealthier members of Edinburgh society at the time including Sir Walter Scott.

5-6. Drummer’s jacket and drum of the Edinburgh Town Guard from the end of the 18th century. Before the introduction of police these regiments existed in most Scottish towns to ensure a very basic level of law and order.

7. Sabre presented to Corporal James Chrystal in 1829 by the Officers of the Stirlingshire Yeomanry for his skill as a swordsman. In April 1820 this regiment was called out to disperse armed men from Glasgow in what was thought to be an attempt to seize the artillery stored at the Carron Ironworks near Falkirk.

8. Pipe Banner of the Breadalbane Fencibles, raised in 1793 by the Earl of Breadalbane, whose crest appears on the banner.

9. Soldiers knapsack of the 10th Regiment of the North British Militia, 1708. The term “North British” for Scotland comes from the Highland Clearances where the majority of Scottish culture was made illegal by the government. Scottish culture survived in secret or in the military regiments where it was kept alive.

These are on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.


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