Royal Highland Emigrants
Camp Colours marked the streets in British army campsites so that the soldiers from each regiment would know where to pitch their tents. Recruited in North America in 1775, the Royal Highland Emigrants played a leading role in the defence of Quebec City.
Scottish soldiers carried long daggers known as dirks. This one belonged to John Nairne of the Royal Highland Emigrants. Nairne was one of the soldiers at the Sault-au-Matelot Barricade who climbed the ladder into a house occupied by the Rebels.
Militia Officer's Gorget
Officers wore gorgets as a badge of rank. The markings on this gorget commemorate the successful defence of Quebec City in 1775-1776.
Badge of Loyalty
Pouch Plate, Butler's Rangers
Loyalist soldiers wore badges bearing a crown and the King's initials. The G.R. on this cartridge box plate stands for Georgius Rex, Latin for King George. George III was King of Great Britain during the American Revolution.
Officer's Coatee, Light Infantry Company
Officer's Breeches, Light Infantry Company
Officer's Waistcoat, Light Infantry Company
In 1779, Loyalist soldiers received scarlet uniforms, similar to those worn by British regulars. This one belonged to Lieutenant Jeremiah French of the King's Royal Regiment of New York. The gold buttons bear the regiment's initials. They are arranged in pairs to indicate that French belonged to the 2nd battalion of the regiment. This is one of the oldest complete uniforms in Canada.