74th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot [UK]
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Page created 1 August 2000. Corrected and updated 15.12.2003
74th (Highlanders)
Regiment of Foot
United Kingdom 
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1787.10.12 74th (Highland) Regiment of Foot
raised by EIC for service in India when war with the French was imminent, but, the danger having passed, EIC refused to support or embark the regiment, whereupon Parliament passed the East India Declaratory Act requiring that troops deemed necessary for the security of overseas territories be supported by revenues from those territories (see also 75th Foot, 76th Foot and 77th Foot)
1816 74th Regiment of Foot
1845 74th (Highland) Regiment of Foot
1881.07.01 united with 71st (Highland) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry) to become 
2nd Bn, The Highland Light Infantry
74th Foot Timeline, by Michael S.Young et al. (British Light Infantry Regiments)
  A Brief History of the Regiment (Regimental site)
    [1st Battalion] [1787-1881]
Depot and Reserves:
  ? Depot Battalion [1856-1871]
  59th Brigade Depot at Hamilton [1873-1881]
Mysore, Assaye1, Busaco, Fuentes D'Onor, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Orthes, Toulouse, Peninsula

1. the Elephant badge superscribed "Assaye".

1787.10.12 Maj-Gen. Sir Archibald Campbell of Inverneil, KB
1791.04.01 Gen. Charles O'Hara [also 22nd Foot]
1802.03.24 Gen. John (Hely-Hutchinson), 2nd Earl of Donoughmore, GCB [also 18th Foot, 57th Foot]
1806.09.08 Lt-Gen. Sir John Stuart, Count of Maida, GCB [also 20th Foot]
1809.12.29 Gen. Sir Alexander Hope, GCB [also 14th Foot, 47th Foot, 5th West India Regt]
1813.04.26 Lt-Gen. James Montgomerie [also 30th Foot]
1823.06.13 Gen. Hon. Sir Charles Colville, GCB, GCH [also 5th Foot, 14th Foot]
1834.12.12 Maj-Gen. Sir James Campbell, KCB, KCH [also 94th Foot]
1835.05.20 Gen. Sir Phineas Riall, KCH [also 15th Foot]
1846.04.24 Maj-Gen. Sir Alexander Cameron, KCB
1850.08.15 Lt-Gen. Alexander Thomson
1856.11.24 Gen. Charles Augustus Shawe
1876.04.05 Lt-Gen. Sir Percy Egerton Herbert, KCB
1876.10.08 Gen. Walter Douglas Phillips Patton Bethune

  • Band History, by Gordon Turner and Alwyn W. Turner (Droit Music Ltd)
  • Bandmasters, by Gordon Turner and Alwyn W. Turner (Droit Music Ltd)
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:


Museum of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, Glasgow (Regimental site)
Museum of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, Glasgow (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Museum of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, Glasgow (Simonides listing)
Regimental Journal:
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