Private, Marching Order 1831

The coat worn after 1830 was bouble-breasted with two rows of pewter buttons. The long tails at the back had pocket flaps with white lace loops. There were grenade badges on each side of the plain blue collar. The cuffs were plain blue with a red slash flap which is completely covered by white lace button loops and pewter buttons. His trousers are the dark coloured winter issue worn from 15th October to 30th April (all ranks wore white trousers in the summer). There was no stripe down the side but in 1833 a red welt was added to the outer seam of the trouser leg. The method of carrying the firearm upside down will be familiar to modern soldiers as a means of preventing rain running down the barrel. This painting is by A-J Dubois Drahonet and was painted from life as posed by Private John Reid.

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