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The Gordon Highlanders shown in historical art prints in military campaigns in Afghanistan and the Battle of  Waterloo. Military prints published by Cranston Fine Arts.

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Gordon Highlanders


Gordon Highlanders

Military uniform print showing the Gordon Highlanders during the late 1980s. The Gordon Highlanders Drummer and Piper are shown in full dress. These prints were produced in 1989 and we have less than 120 available of this sold out edition from the publisher.


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Gordon Highlanders by Richard Simkin


Gordon Highlanders by Richard Simkin

THe Gordon Highlanders uniform print showing an Officer, Soldier and Piper of the Gordon Highlanders around 1890 during the late Victorian period.


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Private Brown bombing the enemy from the top of a barricade.


Private Brown bombing the enemy from the top of a barricade.

Mounting a barricade in a captured German trench at great risks to himself, Private T Brown, of the 3rd Battalion (formerly of the 1st) Gordon Highlanders, began to hurl bombs among the enemy, and continued to do so until they retired. He was wounded, but remained at his post for more than six hours, only retiring when his supply of bombs were exhausted. He was deservedly rewarded with the D.C.M. for his conspicuous gallantry.


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The Defiant Highlander by Richard Caton Woodville.


The Defiant Highlander by Richard Caton Woodville.

A Gordon Highlander is shown with his captors, Napoleons Grenadiers a Cheval.


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Scotland yet onto Victory by Richard Caton Woodville.


Scotland yet onto Victory by Richard Caton Woodville.

The Battle of Waterloo.18 June 1815. The Scots Greys (The Royal North British Dragoons ), as the rest of the British heavy cavalry advanced against the French infantry, just after 1:30 p.m., Lieutenant-Colonel Hamilton witnessed Pack's Brigade beginning to crumble, and the 92nd Highlanders (The Gordon Highlanders ) were falling back in disorder. On his initiative, Lieutenant-Colonel Hamilton ordered the Scots Greys forward at the walk. Because the ground was muddy and uneven, The Scots Greys remained at the walk until they had passed through the Gordon Highlanders. The arrival of the Scots Greys helped to rally the Gordons, who turned to attack the French Infantry. Even without attacking at a full gallop, the weight of the Scots Greys charge proved to much for the French column attacking Pack's Brigade.


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Storming of Dargai Heights by the 1st Gordon Highlanders. The Wounded Pipers Gallantry by Richard Caton Woodville.


Storming of Dargai Heights by the 1st Gordon Highlanders. The Wounded Pipers Gallantry by Richard Caton Woodville.

Christmas, which is essentially the spirit of home, turns our thoughts more sympathetically then at any other season of the year to our kinsmen across the seas, especially to our soldiers in the lonely outposts of the Empire. This picture recalls a famous incident in the story of our Indian Frontier which was thrilling the Motherland about this time twelve years ago. On August 23rd, 1897, the warlike tribe of the Afridis attacked Ali Musjid and Fort Maude. In October a British force was despatched to punish them by invading Tirah, their summer home, and on the 20th of the month occurred the fight on the Dargai Heights, where the enemy had taken up a strong position. The Gurkhas were first sent up, but were met with a withering fire. Then the Derbys and the Dorsets tried to rush the entrenchments; but at last the (1st) Gordon Highlanders were told off for the perilous task. Headed by their pipers, and led by Lieut.-Colonel Mathias, they dashed through a murderous fire, and in forty minu.........


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Dargai by Robert Gibb.


Dargai by Robert Gibb.

The 1st Gordon Highlanders about to take the heights of Dargai which were held by the Afridis. During the engagement on the 20th October 1897, the regiment lost three Officers and thirty men.


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Gordons and Greys to the Front by Stanley Berkeley.


Gordons and Greys to the Front by Stanley Berkeley.

The charge of the Scots Greys with the Gordon Highlanders holding onto the stirrups. Although this is a point of argument as to the improbability, both regiments concur that this action did happen.


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92nd Highlanders at the Battle of Kandahar by Richard Caton Woodville.


92nd Highlanders at the Battle of Kandahar by Richard Caton Woodville.

The painting depicts the 92nd Highlanders (Gordon Highlanders) routing Ayub Khan tribesmen, on 31st August 1880, who had earlier on 26th July beaten the British at the battle of Maiwand and was now besieging the remainder of Primroses division in the citadel of Kandahar. Roberts with a force of 10,000 men (Gordon Highlanders, 60th Rifles, 72nd Highlanders, Sixth Gurka and Punjabi Infantry) marched out of Kabul to relieve Kandahar which was 300 miles away. The epic Battle of Kandahar made Roberts one of the great Victorian military heroes.


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Piper, The Gordon Highlanders by Harry Payne.


Piper, The Gordon Highlanders by Harry Payne.



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Officer Gordon Highlanders


Officer Gordon Highlanders



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The Gordon Highlanders by Richard Caton Woodville. (P)


The Gordon Highlanders by Richard Caton Woodville. (P)



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Gordon Highlanders Officer Review Order 1914 by Haswell Miller


Gordon Highlanders Officer Review Order 1914 by Haswell Miller



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Lieutenant Brooke Leading An Attack Under Rifle And Machine Gun Fire To Recapture A Lost British Trench.


Lieutenant Brooke Leading An Attack Under Rifle And Machine Gun Fire To Recapture A Lost British Trench.

On October 31st 1914, the day of the great German onslaught in the first battle of Ypres, Lieutenant James Anson Otho Brooke, of the 2nd Battalion The Gordon Highlanders, was sent across with a message from the right flank to the centre of the defence. He arrived just as the British were once more being driven back by the sheer weight of overwhelming numbers. Seeing that a general counter attack could not be organised to prevent the Germans breaking through, he gathered a handful of men, consisting of servants, coks and orderlies, from the rear: and amidst a storm of bullets from rifles and machine guns, dashed forward and recaptured a lost British trench. He and nearly all his men were killed, but for his most gallant conduct Lieutenant Brooke was awarded the V.C.


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The Fifty-First in France by Captain Robert B Ross.


The Fifty-First in France by Captain Robert B Ross.



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Grenadiers of the XLII or Royal, and XCII or Gordon Highlanders


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The Gordon Highlanders shown in historical art prints in military campaigns in Afghanistan and the Battle of  Waterloo. Military prints published by Cranston Fine Arts.

The regiment was composed of the amalgamated battalions of the 75th and 92nd regiments of the Line.  The former has had three of the same number, viz. the 2nd Battalion of the 37th (1756-63), the 118th Invalids (1763-69) and the Prince of Wales's (1778-83); as also had the latter, at first numbered the 100th in seniority, in regiments whose periods of existence were from 1760-63, 1778-83 and 1794-98.

Turning to the 1st Battalion, it was raised for service in India in 1878, and was then commanded by Colonel Abercromby as a Highland Regiment; but this was abandoned in 1807-8, owing to the paucity of the Highlanders in the ranks, and the Line uniform was substituted for it until 1881, when the "territorialisation" of the regiment led to its union with the Gordon Highlanders and the assumption of the Highland costume.  As this change was carried into effect at Malta, the regiment was at first laughingly called the "Strada Reale Highlanders", and this joke was further emphasised by the regimental conundrum, which went to state that the "difference between the 92nd and 75th" was that 
"one are real Highlanders, the other Reale Highlanders".

Its history in all three phases of uniform, whether kilted, trewed, or kilted again, is sufficiently glorious, and for years it shared in that portion of the making of India which began with the operations against Tippoo and terminated with the assault on Bhurtpore.  During this period, when often it was the only leaven of white troops the Sepoy army had, it shared in the severe skirmishes and storms of Chowghasset, Travangarry, amd the capture of Ferokabad; and in the operations which accompanied the attack on Bangalore it had to cover the retreat of Abercromby's column on Coorg as a rear-guard, which it did with distinguished success.  It was also present in the battle outside Seringapatam in 1792, which was followed by a peace broken again the following year, because of the aggressive action of the French Republic in declaring war against England and Holland.  Tippoo naturally sided with our ancient enemy, and in the operations which ensued Mahe was taken from the French and Seringapatam fell.  The regiment lost heavily in the attack and in the storm, where the forlorn hope of its own column was led by Corporal Roderick Mackenzie and Sergeant Graham.  Finally, after much continuous minor service against unruly chiefs and refractory natives, such as the capture of Fort Kerria and Baroda, it finished its active service for the time at Bhurtpore, where it lost heavily, among the killed being that same Sergeant Graham who had so distinguished himself at Seringapatam.  For this gallant work it bears "Seringapatam" and "India" among its badges, with the Royal Tiger.  Beyond the ordinary routine duty, it saw no further active service until the Kaffir rising of 1834, when it was employed continually under the severe and trying conditions of frontier warfare, rightly earning the title "South Africa 1835".  It may be noted that this is one of the first, if not the first, recorded regiments that saw the value of mounted infantry, for a "troop" was formed and did good work for more than two years.

The outbreak of the Mutiny saw it again employed on the scene of its former glorious successes.  It began well, by making a forced march of forty eight miles, and formed part of the column directed upon Delhi.  It met the mutineers at Badli-ke-Serai, and in the hard-fought action that carried by assault the enemy's heaviest battery, occupying the key to the enemy's position, though with a loss of eleven officers and sixty six men.

It completed the work begun outside the walls by the storm of the city on October 13th 1857, and was then transferred to Sir Colin Campbell's command in his advance on Lucknow, where it shared inthe fighting from the Alam Bagh until the end of the year, and finally formed the funeral party when Havelock died.

After these events the old 75th was posted to Sir James Outram's command, and took part in the difficult Oude campaign, Major Gordon displaying both gallantry and tactical skill in the defence of the advanced post of Dungapur.  It returned home to England in 1862 with its former Indian reputation enhanced, and with the authority to bear "Delhi", "Lucknow", and "Central India" among the regimental honours.  Three Victoria Crosses were also won during this campain; Private Green, Sergeant (afterwards Lieutenant and Lieutenant Colonel) Wadeson, and Colour Sergeant Coghlan were all conspicuous for saving life under fire, and the latter for "cheering and encouraging a party which hesitated to charge down a lane in Subzee Mundee, Delhi, lined on each side with huts and raked by a cross fire, then entering with the said party into an enclosure filled with enemy and destroying every man."  Though still clothed like an ordinary Line regiment, its national origin was recognised, in 1863, by the permission to wear a "diced border" to the Kilmarnock forge cap, and this was further altered to the Glengarry eleven years later.

The regiment had some trying frontier experience against the Kaffirs in 1872.  Next, as the1st Battalion of the Gordons, and kilted, it sharedin the Egyptian campaign of 1882, in Sir Archibald Alison's Highland Brigade; and at the storming of the lines of Tel-el-Kebir lost two officers and thirty three men killed and wounded.  For this "Tel-el-Kebir" and "Egypt 1882"  (and later "1884") were permitted to be worn on the appointments.

Finally transferred to the Eastern Soudan, the battalion formed the front face of the square at the battle of El Teb against Osman Digna, taking part also in the affairs of Tamai and Tamanieh, and after a brief period in garrison at Cairo, formed part of the Nile expeditionary force for the relief of General Gordon, adding to the list in the campaign roll the name "Nile 1884-5".  In this expedition the regiment ascended the great river 1,300 miles in sixty three days, doing the return journey in twenty eight days.

The 2nd Battalion, the original Gordon Highlanders, was formed in 1794, and commanded by the Marquis of Huntly, whose crest adorns the regimental badge, and whose fair mother was that beautiful Duchess of Gordon whose fascinations were freely used to recruit her son's regiment, to the extent - so legend has it - of placing the bounty money between her lips.  Be that as it may, the regiment was equipped as a kilted regiment with the Gordon tartan, the number "100" on the buttons, and armed with muskets and claymores.  It retained the number until 1798, when it became the 92nd, at the time when it was employed in checking an Irish insurrection which was assisted by French troops (who surrendered at discretion), and under its new designation took part in the expedition to Holland in 1799.  There it came under fire at Shagen, Alkmaar, and at Egmont-op-Zee, this being the second name in the list of regimental honours.

Returning to England the 92nd embarked for some coast service against the French at Belleisle and Quiberon, and sailed from Minorca to join Abrcromby's Egyptian expedition, landing at Aboukir Bay, and fighting a few days later at Mandora, outside Alexandria, whre their General fell, and they earned the right for their gallantry during the battle (when they captured a battery) to bear "Mandora" and "Egyot", with the Sphinx, on their colours. 

About this time a second battalion was formed, but, like many others similarly raised, it disappeared about 1814.  The 1st Battalion was present at the funeral of Lord Nelson, and, proceeding to Denmark in 1807, joined in the battle of Krioge Bay, close to Copenhagen, the site of one of the great admiral's victories; and the following year, joining Sir John Moore's army, it took part in Rolica, Vimiera, and Corunna, where it behaved with distinguished gallantry, and bears the name of the victory that was the one gleam of sunshine in that disastrous retreat on the regimental standards.  Nor was this the only honour the 92nd gained in the Great War, in which they took an active part until the close.  To tell their services is to tell the whole history of the campaign.  They fought at Badajoz, Fuentes d'Onor, Albuera, Badajoz again, Ciudad Rodrigo, El Bodon, Arroyo dos Molinos (where they charged to the tune of "Hey, Johnny Cope, are ye waken yet?" and greatly distinguished themselves); at the storm of Ciudad Rodrigo, and of Badajoz for the third time; at Almaraz (where two of their number swam the river to recover the pontoon bridge), Salamanca, Alba de Tormes, Vittoria, Almaraz, San Sebastian, and the Pass of Maya.  At the latter fight they lost nearly two thrids their strength, refusing, with a "stern valour that would have graced Thermopylae" to retire lest they should endanger the 50th, who were hardly pressed, and earning for their Colonel, Cameron, the addition of "Maya" to his escutcheon.  In all the affairs of the Pyrenees they took part, gaining especial mention at St Pierre, where they charged four times and lost13 officers and 171 men; and their bravery at Arriverete added that word, too , to Colonel Cameron's arms. 

They helped to check the last sortie from Bayonne, and no regiment in the whole army of Wellington came out of the Peninsular War with a grander or more honorable record.

They were early employed in the 1815 campaign, losing their gallant colonel and almost feudal chief at Quatre bras.  Too late to reward him, his father was made a baronet in recognition of the brilliant services of his distinguished son.  At Waterloo again, though reduced to 300 men, they checked, by a wild charge four deep, the advance of a French column, their own compatriots the Scots Greys finishing the work they had so well begun.

They went to the Crimea after the fall of Sebastopol, and were transferred from Corfu to India in 1858, where, under Sir Hugh Rose's command, they joined in the final suppression of the mutiny at Surat, Oojein, Rajghur, Rajpur, and Sepree.  In 1879 they joined the army of Afghanistan, escorting Cavagnari up the Shutargardan pass, holding the Sukar Khotal pass to cover Sir F Roberts's advance, taking part in the battles of Charasiab, Maidan, Arguirdeh, Asmai heights, and Takht-i-Shah, and were so hard pressed that it required all the bravery of Lieut Dick Cunningham and Major White to check the advance of a determined enemy with odds of eighteen to one in his favour.  Both these officers won the Cross for Valour, and if honour was then gained, so also was loot to the value of £90,000.  Finally they shared in the march to Candahar, losing at the battle there eighty killed and wounded.  

Their last service was in the disastrous campaign against the Boers in 1881.  In the affair on Majuba hill, where two companies, in all 120 men, represented the regiment, their loss amounted to ninety-nine officers and men. 

Of regimental pets only two are recorded.  One, "Juno, the dof of the regiment", was present at Tel-el-Kebir, and was decorated, for the march past at Cairo, with a silver collar inscribed "Presented to Juno, the heroine of Tel-el-Kebir, by English and Irish admirers".  the other lies in the pets' cemetery at Edinburgh, and was in life "Kate, the drummers' pet" of the old 92nd.

The red uniform has the usual yellow national facings and the kilt of the Gordon tartan.  The button bears St Andrew's Cross with "Gordon highlanders", the Sphinx over "Egypt" and the Royal Tiger.  On the head dress plate the crest of the Marquis of Huntly , within an ivy wreath, , and with "Bydand" below.  

The 3rd Battalion is the Royal Aberdeenshire Militia, raised in 1797: this, with the Militia Battalion of the Camerons only, is kilted.  The affiliated Volunteer battalions are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Aberdeen, the 1st Kincardine, and the 1st Banff.  All these wear the national scarlet except the fourth and fifth, which are clad in green.  Extract from "The British Army and Auxiliary Forces" Colonel C. Cooper King, R.M.A. , 1894  

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