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ID Scotland 1880-1910 Military Uniform(s)

ID Scotland 1880-1910 Military Uniform(s)

Posted: 31 Dec 2012 4:47PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 31 Dec 2012 5:00PM GMT
Surnames: Auld
The attached picture (printed on tin) is in an old family photo album, but it does not include any identifying information besides the uniforms themselves. We have reached a point where we are at a loss for identifying the two individuals and hope that some of the experts in this community can help identify the units involved and the timeframe of the picture.

The photograph is from a family line from Edinburgh, Scotland. We have a known ancestor from that line named Lance-Corporal John Auld that served in the 1/7th Royal Scots before he died in service in 1915. However, we believe that the photo was taken before our direct ancestor immigrated to the U.S. in the 1890s. Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: ID Scotland 1880-1910 Military Uniform(s)

Posted: 2 Jan 2013 12:22AM GMT
Classification: Query
The uniforms are definitely not British Army regulars, volunteers or Militia and all Scottish regiments became part of the British Army following the Act of Union in 1707.

Re: ID Scotland 1880-1910 Military Uniform(s)

Posted: 2 Jan 2013 2:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for the quick response!

Re: ID Scotland 1880-1910 Military Uniform(s)

Posted: 2 Jan 2013 7:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Further to my last.

The process of printing a photographic image on tin was invented in the USA in 1856 and was introduced into the UK from the 1870’s but were much smaller than in the US. See http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/1_early/1_early_photography_-_pr... for more details.

Personally I’m of the opinion the uniforms and sash look more American style and typical of many town, church or other organisations’ fife and drum bands, I recall seeing a photograph showing similar style uniforms on a web site showing historical pictures of Woodsmen of American organisation; each branch had their own uniform variation.

Try and identify the various insignia on the sash and cap badge, it should help.

Good luck
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