42nd Foot (Royal Highland) Private Grenadier Company (1812-1815)

The 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot was a Scottish infantry regiment in the British Army also known as the Black Watch. Originally titled Crawford’s Highlanders or the Highland Regiment and numbered 43rd in the line, in 1748, on the disbanding of Oglethorpe’s Regiment of Foot, they were renumbered 42nd and in 1751 formally titled the 42nd (Highland) Regiment of Foot. The 42nd Regiment was one of the first three Highland Regiments to fight in North America.

The 2nd battalion was disbanded in 1814 and some of its number transferred to the permanent 1st battalion. The now single battalion 42nd fought at the chaotic Battle of Quatre Bras on 16 June 1815 under Lieutenant-colonel Sir Robert Macara, who was killed by French lancers. The 42nd was one of four battalions mentioned by Wellington in despatches after the battle. Two days later at the Battle of Waterloo, the 42nd and also the 2nd/73rd Highlanders, which was later to become the new 2nd Battalion, Black Watch, were both in some of the most intense fighting in the battle.


This is one of our collection of replica uniforms for the 42nd Foot (Royal Highland) Private Grenadier Company (1812-1815) . Wherever possible, all fabric, lace and braiding and buttons used in the construction of this uniform are exactly the same as use in the original manufactured uniform. In this illustration we have shown the Brown Bess Musket and bayonet. These are available for hire as deactivated or replica film props through our Gun Hire Department. We can also supply Blank Firing Muskets through our UK Gun Hire Company, http://www.gunhire.co.uk/?product=british-tower-armoury-long-land-pattern-musket-brown-bess-75cal-live-firing

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