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Royal Warrants mandated that the drums were to be of wood, and the front part of the wooden shell to be painted with the colour of the facing of the regiment with the King's Cypher and Crown, and the number of the regiment under it.
Warrants also 'laid down' that the 'First Colour' of every infantry regiment was to be 'the Great Union throughout'. The second colour was to be 'the colour of the regimental facings, with the union in the upper canton'. Regiments with white or red facings were to have the cross of St. George on a white field and the union in the upper canton. Regiments with black facings were to have the cross of St. George on a black field with the union in the upper canton. In addition, in the center of each colour was to be in 'Gold Roman characters, the Number of the Rank of the Regiment with a wreath of Roses and Thistles on the same stalk'. Regiments having 'Ancient Badges' or 'Royal Devices' were allowed to display them on their colours.
Drummers wore coats of the facing colour of their regiments with cuffs, lapels and linings of red. Drummers of regiments with red facings wore white coats faced with red. Drummers of the Royal Regiments and Foot Guards wore coats of red, faced in blue. The Drummers coat was decorated with regimental lace ' . . . as the Colonel shall think fit'.
Actual flags, drums, or uniforms from the period remain scarce. The interpretations presented here are based on the language of The Royal Warrants, period and contemporary artwork, and educated guesswork. Every effort shall be made to update these images, as documentation becomes available.
If upon review the reader can provide superior evidence as to authenticity, I would be pleased to be so advised. Thank You.
Please direct all questions and/or comments to: Ron Aylor