18:33 19/12/2011 Tartans of Canada - 78th Fraser Highlanders Tartan

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78TH. FRASER HIGHLANDERS

DESCRIPTION

In 1754 Britain decided to raise more men to fight in North America in an effort to conclude the prolonged struggle with France. Authority was granted for the raising of two Highland Battalions, the 62nd Regiment of Foot (Montgomery’s Highlanders) and the 63rd Regiment of Foot (Fraser’s Highlanders), for service in the New World. Simon Fraser, Master of Lovat, son of the 11th Lord Lovat, who was executed for his part in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-46, was commissioned Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant. The 78th assembled at Inverness, and soon recruited to full strength.

The tartan worn by the Regiment has been an object of discussion throughout the years. Many believe that the Government Tartan would have been the only tartan available in large enough quantities and that it would have been the only officially endorsed pattern. The decision to use a simple red and green Inverness district type tartan was based on portraits and accounts, and having found a piece of this tartan in the possession of a descendent of the Regiment.

SETT

DG/64 R6 DG6 R6 OG48 R72 OG8 R72 OG48 DG52 R6 DG/6 (ITI No. 6389)