Private 1742

The Black Watch were embodied as a regiment in 1739 and wore the red coats and waistcoats that had become recognised as the uniform of the English army.' This was an important aspect of the uniform as the Scottish were divided between those who supported the Stuarts and those who supported the Hanoverian monarchs of Britain.' The coat has buff facings which was their colour until they were given royal status in 1758. The kilt is part of the belted plaid and has no resemblance to the dark green government tartan worn some years later.' All the prints of the early uniform of this regiment show light coloured tartans, mostly dull yellow with a red check. The details of the weapons are sketchy in this print which was one of a series in the Cloathing Book of 1742.'

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