Thursday, May 12, 2016

Uniforms of the Foot Guard Regiments

King's Regiment of Footguards


Often in regimental museums little space is given to the early part of unit histories. Perhaps a plate or some sketches, occasionally a musket, hat or coat.


Scots Regiment of Foot Guards


Not so the regiments of Scots and English Foot Guards!

Coldstream Guards


In their museum plenty of space is dedicated to the first 50 years of their existence. Lots of original documents, facsimiles, plates, equipment, mannequins paintings and explanation are on display.


King's musketeer and Coldstream pikeman

different view


Effectively the three regiments of Foot Guards are the nucleus of the British Army and they have been involved in almost every campaign since 1660 in some form or another.



a grim visage


These pictures show some of the fine pieces on show in the museum.

Coldstream Guard

7 comments:

  1. I believe that the foremost reason for having that much info on those units depends on the fact that England didnt see too many invaders that plundered the land, devastated their Cities or burned their Historc Monuments, Amories and such.

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  2. Any idea when the pikemen would have stopped wearing green coats ? Think they would look mighty fine with a mix of red & green coats if you could get away with it during the Nine Years War.

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  3. Any idea when the pikemen would have stopped wearing green coats ? Think they would look mighty fine with a mix of red & green coats if you could get away with it during the Nine Years War.

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  4. Never knew about the pike coat colours!

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  5. Never knew about the pike coat colours!

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  6. Nor did I until I saw the illustrations and uniforms above. Looks like reverse colours for the Pike armed men.

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  7. I believe the reversed colours for the pikemen were used into the 1670s but perhaps not into the 1680s

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