Officer 1799

In 1784 the facings colour of the Queen's Bays was changed from buff to black. This followed an application by the Colonel of the regiment, the Marquis of Townshend, to the King. His Majesty gave permission and at the same time the lace and buttons were changed from gold to silver. The regimental history gives no reason for this. The figure in this print from the Military Library of 1799 shows the uniform with the coat now fastened to the waist so that the waistcoat has become redundant. He has an epaulette on each shoulder following authorisation in 1787. The bicorn hat has no laced edge but is adorned with a white over red plume. The style of the uniform is very much more early 19th century than 18th century.

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