Private 1742

This man from the battalion companies wears a tricorn hat with red coat, waistcoats and breeches, and an abundance of lace. The wide belts are worn over the coat. The fact that this is a print makes the colour of the facings subject to the accuracy of the colourist. But the descriptions all agree on yellow green as the colour of the early uniform facings. The date that they adopted green is not known. A letter from the Adjutant-General in 1769 orders that, ‘the colour of the facings of the 19th Regiment shall be changed to full green…’ This implies that the colour up until then was either yellow green or dull pale olive green as seen here. The lace around the button holes and edges had the regimental distinction of a yellow stripe and blue chain pattern.

Regimental Details | Uniforms


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