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Officer, 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot, 1768-1784

Officer, 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot, 1768-1784

This man wears the full dress uniform of an officer in a Highland regiment of the British army, as established in 1768. The 42nd Foot stationed in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia during the final years of the American Revolution. Highlanders often wore more prosaic uniforms when on campaign in North America. Trousers would replace the kilt, if supplies of tartan cloth were unavailable. This uniform, altered in small details such as the pattern of buttons, was also worn by officers of the Royal Highland Emigrants. The two battalions of the Emigrants, raised in Quebec and Nova Scotia in 1775, wore the kilt and red coat from 1776 onward. Reconstruction by Gerald A. Embleton. (Parks Canada)