101st Foot

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Origin and History

The regiment of Highlanders was created on October 28 1760 by the regimentation of independent companies of infantry raised in Argyle and Rossshire. In 1761, it was transferred to England, and its other ranks drafted to the 87th Keith's Highlanders and 88th Campbell's Highlanders. The officers were returned to Perth to assemble another six companies in 1762.

During the Seven Years' War, the regiment was under the command of:

  • from June 1761 to 1763: Major-Commandant, Sir James Johnston of Westerhall.

The regiment was disbanded in 1763.

Service during the War

The regiment did not take part in any campaign during the Seven Years' War.


The only information found about the uniform of this regiment is that facings were pale yellow or buff. We can also reasonably assume that the tartan was the “Government Set Tartan”, aka Black Watch, (dark blue with dark green cross-hatching). If that is so, the overall appearance of this regiment would have been quite similar to the one of the 42nd (Highland) Regiment of Foot in 1756 (before it became a royal regiment).


The only information found about the coulours of this regiment is that pale yellow or buff was the distinctive colour of the regiment.


Fortescue, J. W.: A History of the British Army Vol. II, MacMillan, London, 1899

Mills, T. F.: Land Forces of Britain the Empire and Commonwealth (an excellent website which unfortunately does not seem to be online any more)

Schirmer, Friedrich: Die Heere der kriegführenden Staaten 1756 - 1763. Edited and published by KLIO-Landesgruppe Baden-Württemberg e.V., Magstadt, 1989

Wikipedia - 101st Regiment of Foot (1760)

United Services Magazine 1863, Issue 3


Digby Smith for the information provided on this junior regiment.