42nd Royal Highland Regiment of Foot (British)

Living History Days at N-YHS
42nd Royal Highland Regiment of Foot (British)
Sat, February 25th, 2012 | 10:00 am

Event details

History comes alive for the whole family with Living History Days at the New-York Historical Society! Do you want to know what life was like in the 18th century? Please join us as re-enactment troops and Living History actors recreate the world of Revolutionary America. Living History Days will feature appearances by troops of the Colonial, Loyalist, British and Hessian armies and, on select days, actors portraying Revolutionary heroes, including George Washington, Benjamin and Deborah Franklin, and the Marquis de Lafayette. Living History Days are produced in conjunction with the exhibition Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn.

Living History Days are free with Museum admission.

Speaker & Group Bio(s)

The 42nd Royal Regiment of Foot was raised in the Scottish Highlands in 1740 and landed in Long Island, NY, in 1776 to serve under General Howe during the capturing of New York. Soldiers of the regiment wore a full plaid (or belted plaid) uniform, which served a variety of purposes: as an article of clothing, as a sleep roll, and as a knapsack for carrying food and other items. However, Highlanders were not permitted to wear plaid unless they enlisted in the regiments of the crown army. The uniform coat served as an identification of the army to which its wearer belonged. As a result, the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment wore a typical British regimental coat and uniform of the day with a slight alteration, without the coattail to accommodate the full plaid. The Regiment played a role in the defeat of George Washington in the Battle of Long Island. They also saw action in the battles of Harlem, Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth.


The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

For More Information:
Please contact the Department of Public Programs at (212) 485-9205 for more information about this program.

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