Quartermaster Sergeant 'Foxy' Paton

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Postcard of Quartermaster Sergeant 'Foxy' Paton.
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Quartermaster Sergeant 'Foxy' Paton

Photograph of Quartermaster Sergeant Paton of the 79th Highlanders, c. 1850, nicknamed 'Foxy'. He is shown holding the military broadsword.

Because they controlled supplies such as food, quartermasters often had opportunities to exercise entrepreneurial talents, which encouraged others to regard them as particularly cunning. This may have been the origin of his nickname.

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Online ID: 000-000-100-285-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0207: The Thistle at War
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  M.1953.539.12
Date: c. 1850
Material: Paper
Dimensions: 130 mm H x 96 mm W
What: Photograph
Subject: Photographs
Who: 79th Highlanders (British land forces)
Quartermaster-Sergeant Palin
Description: 79th Highlanders - Photograph of Quartermaster-Sergeant Paton, known as 'Foxy', c. 1850.
  • McCorry, Helen (ed.) The thistle at war: an anthology of the Scottish experience of war, in the services and at home. Edinburgh, NMS, 1997 
  • Wood, Stephen The Scottish soldier. Manchester: Archive Publications in association with the National Museums of Scotland, 1987 
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