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    Gordon piper Royal Stewart?

    This photo just came up for sale on Ebay. It's dated 1913.



    His uniform is fascinating because it has several familiar Gordon Highlanders pipers' elements combined with Royal Stewart tartan and collar badges unknown to me. I wonder if it's a Volunteer or Territorial battalion.

    Here's the Gordon Highlanders pipers' uniform one usually sees; note that the sporran, crossbelt, crossbelt badge, waistbelt etc are the same. The crossbelt badge's position is different, caused by how the long plaid is worn.



    A different version with the undress frock often seen in India

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    i think they're called shoulder shells? Those look different between photo one and the others. Could that help date the uniform?

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    The usual militaria term for them is Swallow's Nests.
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    Good eye! Yes the shells are another difference between the Gordon-like piper in Royal Stewart tartan and the known Gordon pipers who of course are wearing Gordon tartan.

    Shells seen on piper's uniforms used to vary from regiment to regiment. I think nowadays only the Scots Guards pipers have distinctive shells.
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    as an assumption, could it be a Calgary Highlanders piper?
    They definitely wore Royal Stewart tartan in 1920s , they have a cap badge (we see it in the crossbelt) very similar with Gordons , and round collar badges too...
    But he has exactly 2nd Gordon's sporran???

    I was not able to find any photos of early Calgary Highlanders pipers...
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