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John Waller

Blue Pantaloons?

So should you chaps be wearing blue pants? (and have green packs, according to Mr Phillips latest theory!)

Treatice on Military Finance 1809

IX. In the 5th battalion of the 60th regiment and the 95th regiment of foot or rifle corps each serjeant shall have for clothing annually a jacket the sleeves unlined a waistcoat with serge sleeves a pair of pantaloons and a pair of military shoes and once in every two years a cap as above Each corporal drummer and private man shall have for clothing annually a jacket lined but not laced the sleeves unlined a kersey waistcoat with serge sleeves a pair of blue pantaloons made of cloth of the same quality as the jacket and a pair of military shoes and once in every two years a cap as above The men are to be stopped the extraordinary charge of two shillings and three pence on this clothing in consequence of receiving pantaloons instead of breeches.

Sorry for the missing punctuation. A facsimilie can be viewed at

http://books.google.co.uk/books?i...&q=milled%20serge&f=false
Ben Townsend

This information appears in some clothing regulations at the TNA under the reference WO26/39.  It also appears I think in one of the versions of the extracted regs published by Carman as the '1802 regs'. When you see the context and the constant iterations that Rifle legs are to be green in descriptions contained in the rest of the doc it appears that is an error and the blue pantaloons are just for the 5/60th. I suspect the root is the same for these notes.

I haven't heard about the Green packs yet Smilie_PDT Please tell
John Waller

Best ask Sean about the knapsack thing. Something to do with the paint colours used in a painting he recently viewed. The pigment used to depict the clothing and pack had both faded in the same way but the black used on the leather work was still black.
Ben Townsend

Ah yes, the D. Dighton 'Fuentes d'Onoro' sketch. What is interesting about the backpack is that of the two period images that show the back (not including Dighton's post-period sketch) one show s a bugle horn and one not...

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