THE KING'S DIVISION
No. 41. The Royal Irish Rangers
Lieutenant: No. 2 Dress (Ceremonial).
Lance Corporal Piper: No. 1 Dress.
Background: The Watergate, Enniskillen Castle.
From a watercolour painting by Douglas N. Anderson.
Postcard No. 41 THE ROYAL IRISH RANGERS
The Regiment was formed in 1968 by the amalgamation of The Royal
Inniskilling Fusiliers, The Royal Ulster Rifles and The Royal Irish
Fusiliers. These had previously been the products of the 1881
amalgamations of, respectively, the 27th (Inniskilling) and 108th
Regiments; the 83rd (County of Dublin) and 86th (Royal County Down), and
the 87th (Royal Irish Fusiliers) and 89th (Princess Victoria's).
The Lieutenant wears ceremonial No. 2 Dress. an unusual regimental feature
is the piper green trousers which are worn with black Highland pattern
shoes or George Boots. His headdress is the distinctive Irish caubeen in
piper green with regimental badge and green feather hackle. A blackthorn
stick is carried. The blackthorn grows in Irish hedges and has long been
carried by locals.
The Commanding Officer's (CO's)Piper shown here is a lance Corporal. He
wears the "Bonnet, Irish" a caubeen with a large bi-metal
regimental badge and green hackle. The green jacket has dark blue collar,
shoulder straps and cuffs. The special badge if the CO's Piper is worn
above the rank chevron. The saffron kilt has three green cloth
shamrock-shaped patches on the apron with the superimposed cap badges of,
from the top, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, The Royal Ulster Rifles
and The Royal Irish Fusiliers. At the neck of the cloak is the traditional
Celtic pattern Tara Brooch with chain fastening. A competition is held
annually to pick the CO's Piper. It is open to Corporals and below in the
pipe band. The appointment is for one year.
The Watergate of Enniskillen Castle is shown in the background.
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