Sergeant 1815

Sergeants of Highland regiments wore their sash of office over their left shoulder at this time while other infantry sergeants wore theirs around their waist. It is red with a blue stripe which matches the blue facings of the jacket as it had been a Royal regiment since 1758. The feather bonnet at this stage had less black ostrich feathers than the latter day version. The red hackle was the special distinction of the Black Watch and has remained so up to the present day. The tartan of his kilt is the government sett known as Black Watch tartan. As a sergeant he is armed with a claymore sword and spontoon (spear) rather than a musket and bayonet. He carries a valise and rolled greatcoat on his back.

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