3538RE: [scottish_military] Fencible Sword Belts
- Jan 10, 2008
I’ve been researching the regiments raised and in existence during the
American War of Independence, 1775-1784-6ish, for about the last three
years. The answer, like most uniform issues during that period, is not
so clear cut. Some had black sword belts, some had white, and some
had buff. A letter from Normal MacLeod in 1786 to the 2nd/42nd’s new
commander mentions the men having buff belts and straps in India .
The Northern Fencibles , 1778-83, per an inspection return, mentions
white swordbelts. While the 77th Atholl Highlanders, 1777-83, seems
to have had all black swordbelts. Given that the fencibles were equipped,
in general, the same as the marching regiments, it really came down to
what the Colonel or Lt Col Commandant of the regiment wanted.
The artwork of the period shows the same kind of variation between white,
buff, and black belts amongst the officers depicted. Though there was a
general uniformity amongst regiments for their gear in general, it can
be maddening trying to establish any kind of complete uniformity amongst
the different corps.
For the Napoleonic period, some fencible regiments seem to have
used black swordbelts initially, and then switched to white, after
the Warrant was changed. I think the Strathspey Fencibles was one
Did you get what I think you got off of Ebay? FYI, some think that this
was an early 84th RHE item. You might want to talk to 84th guru Kim Stacey,
who has photos of similar items.
Shoot me a private email for contact info.
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Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2008 5:34 PM
Subject: [scottish_military] Fencible Sword Belts
Greetings and Happy New Year to all,
Officers and Sergeants of Scottish fencible regiments in the 1790s
carried their swords on shoulder belts with a small oval belt plate.
Can anyone tell me whether the sword belts were white or black leather?
Uniform descriptions tell almost everything except the color of the
Baltimore , MD
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