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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.

French & Indian War
British Regiments
in North America,
1755 - 1763
Click time period
American Revolution
British Regiments
in North America,
1775 - 1783

Click number of Regiment at right.

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



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