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    Highland regiments sporran chart

    As we know only five kilted Highland regiments survived the 1809 reassignments: the 42nd, 78th, 79th, 92nd, and 93rd Foot.

    Under the 1881 Cardwell reforms these became

    The Black Watch
    The Seaforth Highlanders
    The Cameron Highlanders
    The Gordon Highlanders
    The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders


    Their sporran traditions are a bit confusing because they weren't consistent from regiment to regiment.

    For example in some regiments officers wore the same sporran for Full Dress and Levee Dress while in others they didn't.

    Being the visual person that I am, I decided to come up with a chart of sorts, showing the situation according to the 1911 dress regulations.

    The regiments are shown in the above order.

    The right three columns are commissioned officers.

    I've not included the Pipes & Drums and Military Band sporrans except when these overlap with others. (Most regiments had dedicated pipers' sporrans, not shown here.)



    Here's each column labelled. Unfortunately the add-text site also reduced the image size.

    The Camerons made do with two styles while the Argylls required four, having a completely different sporran for certain Senior Sergeants such as the Drum Major, Pipe Major, Colour-Sergeant, and I'm not sure who all else.

    Last edited by OC Richard; 21st January 24 at 01:16 PM.
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    thanks

    pretty interesting

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    about Gordons NCO sporrans

    John Malcolm Bulloch in "The Gordon Highlanders Uniform" in the "Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research", Vol. 15, No. 59 (Autumn, 1936) writes that the members of the Sergeants' Mess wear the same pattern of sporran top as the officers, but without the outermost band of engraving.
    I have never seen such cantle...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OC Richard View Post
    the Argylls required four, having a completely different sporran for certain Senior Sergeants such as the Drum Major, Pipe Major, Colour-Sergeant, and I'm not sure who all else.
    Dear OC Richard, I think the highlighted sporran is specific only to the drum major, another similar sporran with 3 tails is unique to the pipe-major, the rest SNCOs wore the standard badger head sporran.

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    Last edited by blackwatch70; Yesterday at 05:16 AM.

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