John Fraser, c1800

All the Guards bands employed black percussion players, see Time Beater 1829 of the Grenadier Guards and Jean Baptiste of the Scots Guards. They originated from the West Indies and were invariably bandsmen, although the Coldstream Guards did have one black man who 'carried arms as a private' around this time. The Turkish influence is seen in the style of head-dress but the rest of the outfit is of special design for this man. The practice of having 'exotic' bandsmen ceased in 1837.

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