Bonnet badge of the 78th Regiment of Foot

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Postcard of Bonnet badge of the 78th Regiment of Foot.
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Bonnet badge of the 78th Regiment of Foot

Rank and file bonnet badge of the 78th Regiment of Foot, worn at the front of a feathered bonnet, 1830 - 1882.

The elephant denotes service in India: large numbers of Scottish soldiers served there during the 18th and 19th centuries. 'Cuidich N RI' (Cuidich 'n Righ) is the motto of the 78th: it can be translated as 'Tribute to the King' or 'Help the King'.

The Regiment was raised by Lieutenant-General Francis Humberston Mackenzie of Seaforth, 1st Baron Seaforth and Mackenzie (1754-1815) in 1793.

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Online ID: 000-000-100-231-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0207: The Thistle at War
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  M.1930.1275
Date: 1830 - 1882
Material: Metal
Dimensions: 70 mm Dia
What: Bonnet badge
Subject: Badges and insignia
Who: 78th Regiment of Foot (British land forces)
Where: India (place where worn)
  • 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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