An officer of the 9th Regiment
An officer of the 9th Regiment

JOHN DONALDSON F.S.A (1737-1801)

An officer of the 9th Regiment

c. 1810 United Kingdom

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Wearing scarlet uniform with yellow facings and silver paired buttons.
Set in gilt-metal mount with plaited hair on the reverse

The crown on the epaulette, and the fact that he has it on the left presumably in addition to another on the usual right side, indicates the sitter was a Lieutenant Colonel

In August 1782 the 9th were designated the "9th or East Norfolk Regiment of Foot". During the Napoleonic wars the Regiment was at the forefront of the fighting and gained the nick names of the "The Fighting Ninth" or the "Holy Boys". The latter nickname apparently resulted from the Spanish and Portuguese peoples mistaking the Britannia badge on the soldier's crossbelts for the Virgin Mary . The 9th were sent to Canada in 1814 to defend Lower Canada against attack by American forces. They saw no action in Canada before the peace treaty between the United States and Britain was signed. The 9th were recalled from Canada when Napoleon regained the throne of France but arrived too late to take part in the Battle of Waterloo.
Height 6.50 cm (2.56 inches)
Stock Code
watercolour on ivory
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