LXXIVth Regiment of Foot
In the center of each colour is to be painted, or embroidered, in gold
Roman characters, the number of the rank of the regiment, within the
wreath of roses and thistles on the same stalk. The second Colour to be
the colour of the facing of the regiment, with the Union in the upper
canton; except those regiments which are faced with red, white, or black.
"The 74th Regiment of Foot, or Argyll Highlanders, was one of the
regiments raised in order to help bring the American Rebellion to a
speedy end. In December of 1777, His Majesty, King George III, granted
letters of service to John Campbell of Barbreck, Scotland. These letters
gave Campbell of power to raise a regiment of foot, 1,082 men strong.
There were to be eight (8) battalion companies with 1 captain, 2 lieutenants,
1 ensign, 5 sergeants, 5 corporals, 2 drummers and 100 private soldiers each;
one (1) light infantry and one (1) grenadier company each with 1 captain,
3 lieutenants, 5 sergeants, 5 corporals, 2 drummers, 2 pipers and 100 private
soldiers each. The recruits were to be at least 5'4" tall and aged 18 through 30.
Courtesy of Stephen Belyea of the re-created 74th Regt of Foot.
The front [of the drums] 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.
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