THE SCOTTISH REGIMENTS
No. 50 Queen's Own Highlanders
Formed in 1961 by the amalgamation of the Seaforth Highlanders and The
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
Major: Mess Dress.
Sergeant: No. 2 Dress (Trews).
Background: Cameron Barracks, Inverness.
From a watercolour painting by Douglas N. Anderson.
Postcard No. 50 QUEEN'S OWN HIGHLANDERS (Seaforth and
The Regiment was formed in 1961 by the amalgamation of the Seaforth
Highlanders and the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. The forebears of the
former had been the 72nd and the 78th Highlanders raised respectively in
1778 and 1793, both by Mackenzies of Seaforth, and united as Seaforth
Highlanders in 1881. The 79th was raised by Alan Cameron of Errecht and in
1873 designated The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
The Major's dark blue bonnet has an officer's badge on a black silk
rosette and a small hackle of Royal blue feathers behind the badge, the
latter being a Camerons' distinction dating from 1940. The scarlet mess
jacket is derived from the 19th century shell jacket which replaced the
full dress coatee for dining in mess in the late 1850's. The waistcoat is
of 79th tartan cut on the cross with Seaforth gilt cairngorm-mounted
buttons. Field officers wear a gilt-mounted dirk. The kilt is Mackenzie
tartan. A kilt pin is worn. The sporran is the old Cameron pattern with a
gilt cantle. The shoes are brogues with straps and buckles and a sgian
dubh is carried in the stocking.
The Sergeant's glengarry has a three piece badge. The Scottish Division
pattern No. 2 Dress jacket has Regimental buttons. The white waistbelt has
a polished brass plate with former Cameron bonnet badge in white metal.
Trews of 79th or Cameron Erracht tartan are worn with Highland shoes. The
stick has a crested silver thimble top.
The figures are shown in Cameron Barracks, Inverness which houses the
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