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11th Light Dragoons 1795

Postby jf42 » March 1st, 2012, 8:15 am

Greetings all,

I'd be grateful to know what plume the 11th Light Dragoons might have been wearing in their caps in January 1795.

Thanks,

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Re: 11th Light Dragoons 1795

Postby trooper » March 2nd, 2012, 7:21 am

The regimental history shows white over red. Trooper
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Re: 11th Light Dragoons 1795

Postby unclearthur » March 2nd, 2012, 5:58 pm

trooper wrote:The regimental history shows white over red. Trooper


That's interesting.

Simkin gives plain white in 1785 and makes no mention of a change when the uniforms were re-vamped in 1796. But he goes on to say 'The uniform changed little at the turn of the new century although for a time the Tarleton was replaced with a lightweight watering-cap which now carried the plume in front - still in red and white but much larger.'

Bit of confusion there, then. Franklin (British Napoleonic Uniforms) gives white over red in 1799.

With a regimental history being available, you'd have thought it would be relatively straightforward to be specific, but apparently not.
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Re: 11th Light Dragoons 1795

Postby jf42 » March 10th, 2012, 11:58 am

Thanks for those. I checked Barthorp, who suggests they would have been wearing plumes of facing colour, which according to his chart in the appendices would have been buff. He does however say that regts with white plumes would have red tips.

I wondered whether buff in this instance might have come under the heading of white. That would tally with Franklin and Simpkin's later comment.

A baseless slander perpetuated many years later by some veterans of the 42nd, which we need not dwell on, refers to the 11th wearing a red plume that was changed to yellow tipped with red. Might that translate as 'buff tipped red'?
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