Highland regiments stationed in hot or unhealthy surroundings often took to wearing simple white cotton trousers or tartan trews. For example, the 91st Highland Regt of Foot wore trews during the Walcheren campaign of 1809 and more famously, the 93rd Highland Regiment of Foot wore trews and round unfeathered Highland bonnets during the war of 1812–1815 against the USA, when taking part in the British campaign to capture New Orleans in January 1815 and during the disastrous Battle of Chalmette Plain itself.
Invisible officer wrote:The 71st wore normal trousers but a stove pipe with a central pompom and red-white-blue dicing.
The Kilt was still worn in 1815 at Waterloo by the 42nd, 79th and 92nd too. With feather bonnets. Close to home that was no problem.
In the Peninsula many Highlanders wore locally made trousers and caps. The long distance from UK bases caused that, not any official change in dress orders.
Officers wore grey trousers but many had to do with brown Spanish ones. Same reason. And lack of money. The diaries give some very good insights in the problems of Officers on canpaign.
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