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The 93rd Sutherland Highlanders

Introduction

The 93rd was raised in April 1799 from the estates of Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland.

In 1861, its regimental title changed to The 93rd (Sutherland Highlanders).

On 1 July 1881, the 93rd amalgamated with the 91st (Princess Louise's Argyllshire Highlanders) Regiment of Foot to form the 2nd Battalion of The Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland) Highlanders.

In 1921, the regimental name was altered to The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's).

The 93rd Sutherland Highlanders

1854 93rd Highlanders

8 Mar 1854 The 93rd arrived from England on its way to the Crimea. It was placed under canvas on the Horn Works of Floriana. Through a rigid interpretation of orders, the officers were debarred from taking more than 90 lbs of baggage each. Many did not take beds, canteens and mess traps, and were horrified when they were politely invited kilt and all to pitch tents on St Francis and Notre Dame Ravelin outside Valletta, and make themselves as comfortable as they could.1

7 Apr The 93rd embarked for Turkey and the Crimea. The 93rd fought at the Alma (20 September 1857). It is the only infantry regiment to win the battle honour Balaklava.

Nov 1854 The regiment had 26 officers and 717 men serving in the Crimea. In November, the regiment occupied more sheltered positions than the rest of the army. The only cases of cholera and the worst cases of bowel complaints occurred in two companies of the regiment that occupied the high ground near the 79th Highlanders. The surgeon blamed the cold, insufficient shelter and scanty rations with no means of cooking them as the main cause of illness.

1855 93rd Highlanders

1856 93rd Highlanders

19 Jan 1856 Burial of Pte Joseph Kelly 93rd Regiment.

Bibliography

  • Farmer J. S., 1984. The regimental records of the British Army Reprint Edition, Trowbridge, Wiltshire: Crecy Books.
  • Edwards T. J., 1980. Regimental Badges First Edition, Tonbridge, Kent: Ernest Benn Ltd.
  • Famous Units. The National Army Museum. Available from http://www.nam.ac.uk/research/famous-units.
  • 1Russell W. H., The war from the landing at Gallipoli to the death of Lord Raglan. (London, 1855).
  • TNA:WO 156/113. Register of burials September 1853 to June 1862.