1742 - 1742: 24th Regiment of Foot Uniform
1742: 24TH REGIMENT OF FOOT UNIFORM
The Cloathing Book, published in 1742, marked a significant point in documenting the uniform of the 24th Regiment. Prior to this publication, there is limited information available on the regiment’s uniform. The book provided valuable insights into the regiment’s dress regulations, outlining specific details such as the material, colour and design of their uniforms.
The tricorn hat, characterised by its three-cornered shape, was typically made of black felt material. To add a contrasting detail, the edge of the hat was adorned with white tape. This white tape served both a decorative and functional purpose, providing a visual accent while also reinforcing the edge of the hat, helping to maintain its shape and durability.
Soldiers would have worn a large broad-skirted red coat with willow green facings and white skirt linings. This was a distinction of the 24th because it was more usual for the skirt linings to follow the colour of the facings. We know that it is not a mistake because the Army List of 1758 also states that the 24th had white linings. The lace around the edge of the green lapels and cuffs had a green stripe. The breeches and waistcoat were red. In the era of black powder firearms, a red uniform was a practical choice for visibility and identification on the battlefield.
The buttons were made of white metal and had a plain design, devoid of any regimental insignia or distinctive markings.
The belts, worn over the coat, were light buff in colour. The waist-belt was used to hold the soldier’s sword and bayonet on the left side, allowing for easy access during combat or other operational requirements. On the right side of the waist-belt, the soldier would carry a black ammunition bag, which provided a convenient and accessible storage solution for ammunition and other essential supplies.
Breeches would be worn, ending below the knee and fastened with buckles or buttons. These knee-length red trousers allowed for ease of movement during military exercises and engagements. Soldiers were required to wear white knee-high stockings for formal parades but on campaign they would have worn black stockings. Made of wool or cotton, these stockings provided warmth and comfort while complementing the overall appearance of the uniform. The soldier would wear low-heeled shoes made of leather, usually in black. The shoes would have a simple design, with laces or buckles for fastening.