John Jenkins JRCAV-03 The Prince's Lifeguards with Standard, Jacobite Army
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Unlike nearly all the other Jacobite units, the Lifeguards had an elaborate formal uniform, which were blue coats with red facings, laced waistcoats and a tartan sword belt.
The blue coats turned with red, cocked hats and laced waistcoats as well as the famous tartan belts are based on a description contained in a letter written in Leith shortly after Culloden which stated that, "the pretender's lifeguard, have suffered greatly... 26 lying in heap with the lace cut of their coats and their tartan belts lying beside them".
The blue coats are believed to be of French origin, and had probably been some of the military supplies carried to Scotland on the "Le Du Teillay"
Tracing the movements of this unit at Culloden is complicated by the fact that while the greater number stood on the right under Lord Elcho, and helped defend that flank against Hawley's dragoons, another smaller troop led by Lord Balmerinoo may have served on the left wing brigaded with what remained of Lord Strathallan's Horse.
Of course a small detachment formed part of the Pretender's bodyguard under the command of Captain Shea, an officer in Fitzjames's Horse.
The Prince raised the Stuart standard at Glenfinnan, west of Fort William on the Scottish mainland, on 19th August 1745, which was the official signal that the Jacobite rising had begun.
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Released Date: June 2022
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