Record

CodeNA7388
Dates1862-1908
Person Name2nd.Volunteer Brigade of Royal Highlanders; 1862-1908
ActivityVolunteer Brigades were made up of groups of volunteer corps, mostly in mainland Scotland Rifle Volunteer Corps. Local Rifle Volunteer Corps were raised in the 1850s in a national movement to encourage volunteer movements to assist the regular army. They grew out of local rifle clubs, had very strong local identities, and were often linked with a particular trade or a particular village. Though many already were organised into Brigades related to their regimental district, hey came under military control, with regulated uniforms and drills, in 1877, but it was not until the Cardwell Reforms of 1881 that they were given formal parent regiments. The local regimental district, covering Fife and Angus as well as most of Perthshire, was that of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) regiment, newly formed from the old 42nd and 73rd Regiments of Foot. Rifle Corps officially disappeared along with all other volunteer units at the formation of the Territorial Army in 1908, but often held on to their local identity in the name of their territorial unit at least until the First World War.
Corporate Name2nd.Volunteer Brigade of Royal Highlanders
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