26th Regiment of Foot

Drummer, c1815

From the early 18th century the coats of drummers were in reverse colours to the regiment so that the 26th drummers had yellow coats with red facings. The coats were decorated with regimental lace which was white with a central blue line and two yellow lines near the edges. The fur cap, similar to that worn by the grenadier company, was usually worn only on parade or special occasions. The grey trousers look a little incongruous here because white breeches and black gaiters would be the usual form of leg-wear for parades etc. But in 1815 the 26th were stationed at Gibraltar, where they would have done more parading than fighting. Grey trousers were ordered to be worn when a regiment was on foreign service.

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