Regiments
Of the Malta Garrison
The 90th
(Perthshire Volunteers
Light Infantry)

The 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry)

The 90th Regiment was raised in 1759, but disbanded in 1763. It was reformed in 1794 by Colonel Thomas Graham during the French Revolutionary War (1792–1802). In December 1794 the 1st/90th Regiment of Foot trained in the Light Infantry role.

Prior to 1815, the 90th Foot was known as the 90th Perthshire Volunteers. In 1815 it absorbed the Perthshire Volunteers to become The 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry) Regiment.

On 1 July 1881, The 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry) Regiment amalgamated with The 26th (The Cameronians) Regiment of Foot to form the Second Battalion of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).

The 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry)

1801 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry)

9 Oct 1801 The 90th arrived from Egypt. It marched to Fort Manoel and formed part of the Malta garrison.

1 Nov Total Officers and Men: 767, Sick: 29, Rank and File Fit for Duty: 626.

1802 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry) (Graham's Regiment)

1 Jan 1802 Strength: 24 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 75 NCOs, 570 rank and file fit for duty, 79 rank and file sick, 761 total officers and men, 712 establishment.

25 Feb The 90th embarked for England.

The 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry)

1820 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry)

27 Oct 1820 A detachment of 175 men arrived at Malta on the transport Aurora. The rest arrived on 5 December 1820. Ophthalmia prevailed to a considerable extent a short time before the troops had sailed from England.

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1821 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry)

25 Oct 1821 A Division of the 90th Regiment embarked for Corfu on the Clasman transport. On 30 October, the remainder of the 90th embarked on board the Star transport for Zante.

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Apr 1821 Pte Michael Burns, 30 years. was admitted to the Ophthalmia Hospital in the General Hospital Valletta with impaired vision. In 1813, he had been an inpatient in Limerick Hospital for seven months and should have been discharged from the service as unfit. He had a nebulous and prominent right cornea with an invisible pupil. His left cornea was also nebulous and his pupil obscured.

1822 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry)

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1823 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry)

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The 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry)

1830 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry)

24 Dec 1830 233 men, 14 women and 43 children of the 90th Foot arrived from the Ionian Islands.

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1831 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry)

Jan 1831 The 90th embarked for England.

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The 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry)

1855 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry)

14 Dec 1855 The 90th Light Infantry arrived from England.

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1856 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry)

The 90th (Perthshire Volunteers – Light Infantry) served in the Crimean War (1854–56) where it fought at Balaclava (1854) and Sevastopol (1854 – 55).

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