Bonnie Prince Charlie Royal Highland battalion 1744

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Bonnie Prince Charlie Royal Highland battalion 1744

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Wargaming synergy David posted flags from an unknown unit at the battle of Culloden and I found reference to a Scottish Highland unit in the dusty tomes of the Tiberian military library, with a cross reference to a grenadier hat worn by a Royal Ecossais officer at the battle of Culloden. I have discovered that Bonnie Prince Charlie had raised a Royal bodyguard infantry battalion of highland troops in September 1744, this unit fought throughout the Jacobite rebellion of 1744 - 45. However all references to the battalion were lost after the battle of culloden, in no small part due to its canny colonel who was tasked with protecting the gold bullion of Prince Charlie using it to smuggle himself and the battalion out of Scotland.

Flags by David at "Not by Appointment". The figures are Spencer Smiths converted from AWI figures.

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Here is the battalion with the Royal standard (made by me) which is only flown when the Prince is in attendance

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Very nice! 👍
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Very clever Willz!
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Nice work, Willz. I like the Prince's standard, mate.
with a cross reference to a grenadier hat worn by a Royal Ecossais officer at the battle of Culloden
You mean like the one below, which is in Edinburgh? Sorry for the poor photo, but taking a photo through glass in a darkish room, without flash, is not a skill I've got the hang of. The very dark blue is probably a result of the dye pigments decaying over the last 279 years.
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Spanner wrote: Thu Mar 28, 2024 10:20 am Nice work, Willz. I like the Prince's standard, mate.
with a cross reference to a grenadier hat worn by a Royal Ecossais officer at the battle of Culloden
You mean like the one below, which is in Edinburgh? Sorry for the poor photo, but taking a photo through glass in a darkish room, without flash, is not a skill I've got the hang of. The very dark blue is probably a result of the dye pigments decaying over the last 279 years.
Yep that's the one where I got the idea from, there is a colour picture in one of Charles Grant books showing the cap.
Thanks for all your kind comments.

Just dusted off the Spencer Smith's I bought yesterday, the seller hand delivered them last night :-D .
Excellent ebay seller. I have enough to build at least 18 x 24 man battalions about 430 figures :) , sadly some of the marching infantry
are suffering from (BPS) brittle plastic syndrome but I will treat them with PVA glue and varnish.

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So does that mean a separate thread to debate which varnish.....?
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Willz the Wargamer wrote: Thu Mar 28, 2024 11:12 am
Yep that's the one where I got the idea from, there is a colour picture in one of Charles Grant books showing the cap.
Thanks for all your kind comments.
There's a Charles Grant book I don't own? :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Anything in a kilt always appeals to me. Such an "unknown" unit even more so. There's so many fragments & suggestions about the Jacobite army, it is an enigma.
And thanks for the photos of your lovely unit.

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Spanner wrote: Fri Mar 29, 2024 10:13 pm
Willz the Wargamer wrote: Thu Mar 28, 2024 11:12 am
Yep that's the one where I got the idea from, there is a colour picture in one of Charles Grant books showing the cap.
Thanks for all your kind comments.
There's a Charles Grant book I don't own? :shock: :shock: :shock:
Here is the book the pictures in.
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Thanks, Willz. I think I have that book, but it will be in storage with the others. If I do have it then remembering the photo in the book was beyond my braincell's abilities.
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