72nd Regiment of Foot

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Known as The Seaforth Highlanders


  • 1778 raised by the 1st Earl of Seaforth as the 78th Highland Regiment of Foot
  • 1823 renamed the 72nd Regiment of Foot, or 78th Highlanders (Duke of Albany's Own)
  • 1881 amalgamated with 78th Highlanders as 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders
  • 1961 combined with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders to form the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons)
  • 1994 1st Battalion Queen's Own Highlanders was further amalgamated with 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders to form 1st Battalion The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons)
  • 2006 amalgamated with the other Scottish infantry regiments into the single large Royal Regiment of Scotland and called The Highlanders, 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS)

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Part 1. David Douglas Mackie enlisted at the age of 19 at Edinburgh with the 72nd Highlanders in 1867, and sailed for India 1871. Included is an advertisement placed by a wife who was not “on the strength” seeking passage to India.
Part 2. 72nd took part in 2nd Afghan War, and were next deployed to Egypt.
Part 3. 72nd returned to England and James Douglas Mackie, son, enlisted 24 November 1885 age 14, for 12 years, with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, which later sailed for India November, 1891 on the troopship Malabar.
Part 4. David Mackie kills himself.

Historical books online


  1. Garen. Kidnapped by the Afghans! 72nd Highlander 1874/75 Victorian Wars Forum 8 May 2008, now archived.