WSS British Cavalry Headgear

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WSS British Cavalry Headgear

Post by Bernhard » Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:04 pm

Front Rank manufactures WSS British Dragoons with fur hats. does anyone know something about which regiments wore them. Someone on the 18th Century board had suggested that it was probably for the Horse Grenadier Company of the Guards or simply the grenadier troop of a Dragoon regiment. Furthermore, did the Scots Greys wear caps or tricornes during the Marlburian period?
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Re: WSS British Cavalry Headgear

Post by Graf Bretlach » Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:09 pm

Scots Greys - hats or tricorne till after Ramillies (1706) given permission to wear grenadier cap (so late 06 or early 07 or maybe even later)
Bearskins came in with the 1768 regulations.
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Re: WSS British Cavalry Headgear

Post by Churchill » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:23 pm

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Post by Prince Henry » Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:15 am

Beautiful figures, Ray! (as usual). Now I ned inspiration for French cavalry... :wink:

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Re: WSS British Cavalry Headgear

Post by Bernhard » Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:10 am

Thank you all for the help. I am still tempted to give the Scot's Greys a cloth cap similar to the one they wore later in the century but with a simpler design. Front Rank makes such a figure in their earlier range. I will also add a Horse Grenadier figure to my regular Dragoon units as you suggested. Thank you again.
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Post by Russian James » Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:27 pm

His Majesty’s Regiment of Dragoons, later to be known as the Scots Greys, originally wore grey coats with blew bonnets or possibly reddish brown fur caps. They were known as the 'Grey Dragoons' at this time by their opponents, the Covenanters...
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From 1685 onwards they were supposed to change to red coats, probably with white facings as the rest of the Scottish units even though they were on the English establishment.

The first mention of grey horses appears at a parade in 1693:

"In 1693 they were inspected in London by King William III - on this occasion the whole regiment was mounted on ‘greys’ (horses with white or dappled-white hair). This gained them the nicknames ‘Grey Dragoons’ or ‘Scots Regiment of Grey Dragoons’, though this only became part of their official name in 1877, when they were renamed the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys)."

I intend to model my Dragoons in grey coats, white facings and a mixture of bonnets and fur caps. Officers will be in floppy hat.
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