The 78th Highlanders who did they become.

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  1. Hello eveyone
    After reading a bit about the battle of assaye in 1803 india one of Sir Arthur Wellsleys first commanded and the one he was most proud of, the regiment that distinguished itself the most that day was the 78th regiment of foot.
    I'm just wondering who did the 78th get changed into over the years and which of the Scottish battalions today has the closest link to them.
  2. Seaforths, then QoHldrs, then Highlanders, now 4 Scots.
  3. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    In 1881 they amalgamated with the 72nd, becoming the 2nd Bn, Seaforth Highlanders

    In 1961 1st Bn seaforths merged with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders to become the Queen's Own Highlanders

    In 1994 they amalgamated once more thsi time with the Gordons to become the Highlanders

    In 2004 The Highlanders became 4th Bn Royal Regiment of Scotland
  4. Thank You Gents
    I see they are on tour this summer good luck to them.
  5. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

  6. The 78th may not have been at the battle, but they were moved up to Afghanistan from India when news arrived there of the attack on the British column at Miawand. They spent a very cold winter in tents at Kandahar before returning to India in May 1881. The 78th were awarded the campaign honour Afghanistan 1878-80.
  7. AlienFTM

    AlienFTM LE Book Reviewer

    Nobody ever mentions the cavalry.

    Battle of Assaye - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Wellesley ordered a detachment of British cavalry under Colonel Patrick Maxwell consisting of the 19th Light Dragoons and elements of the 4th and 5th Madras Native Cavalry into action.[43] From their position at the rear, the cavalry dashed directly towards the 74th's square, crashed into the swarming attackers and routed them.

    19th were disbanded in the 1821 Options for Change. In 1862, the 19th Royal Hussars were created and given permission to inherit the battle honours of the 19th Light Dragoons.

    19th Light Dragoons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    19H amalgamated with 15H in the 1922 OfC, creating 15/19H, who wore the Assaye elephant on the regimental belt. 15/19H amalgamated with 13/18H in the 1992 OfC to become The Light Dragoons who continue to do so (though the belt design is radically altered).
  8. Because fractions don't count...
  9. google is your friend :)
    :- 78th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    :- Seaforth Highlanders History with pictures of McKenzie tartan
    :- Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    :- The Highlanders: 1st Battalion The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) our current regular battalion part of the UKLF
  10. Pipers wore a elaphant coller dog, not sure if it has vanished or still kept.
  11. Oh yes they do
  12. I don't know about the rest of the battalion, but the lads of the Mortar Pl toured the world very sucessfully as the Tiller girls!


    Phew what a bunch of stonkers!
  13. So they fared better than the 4th and 5th Madras Native Cavalry who appear to have been disbanded after the Mutiny, despite the fact that the Madras Army remained loyal.
  14. Seaforths, then QoHldrs, then Highlanders, 4 Scots, now a few hundred Fijians.
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