71st Regiment of Foot

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Crest of the Highland Light Infantry


  • 1758 raised from 2nd Battalion 32nd Regiment of Foot
  • 1763 became a Regiment of Invalids
  • 1768 disbanded
  • 1775 raised as 71st (Highland) Regiment of Foot (Fraser's Highlanders)
  • 1786 redesignated as the 71st (Highland) Regiment of Foot (MacLeod's Highlanders)
  • 1809 became 71st (Glasgow Highland Light Infantry) in 1809 then 71st (Highland) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry)
  • 1881 united with the 74th (Highland) Regiment of Foot to form the 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
  • 1959 amalgamated with the Royal Scots Fusiliers to form the Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment)
  • 2003 amalgamated with the other regiments of the Scottish Division to become part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland
  • 2006 known as the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS)

Regimental Journal

A regular regimental journal can be a valuable source of information. The Highland Light Infantry Chronicle was published quarterly, from Volume 1, no. 1 January 1893 to Volume 54, no. 3, December 1958. Some editions are available online, see below. The British Library has this publication in its catalogue. Another source may be the National Army Museum, or the Regimental Museum.

External links

71st (Highland) Regiment of Foot Wikipedia
Highland Light Infantry Wikipedia
Royal Highland Fusiliers Wikipedia
Royal Regiment of Scotland Wikipedia
71st (Glasgow Highland Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot including deployments Regiments.org, an archived site
The Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) including deployments: 1st Battalion, 2nd Battalion Regiments.org, an archived site
The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum, Glasgow, Scotland which includes a Library. Covers the 21st, 71st and 74th Regiments rhf.org.uk
The Highland Light Infantry British Light Infantry Regiments at Britisharmedforces.org
"Notes on the Tartan of the Highland Light Infantry" by A.N.E. Browne. Scottish Military Historical Society website, now archived.
Highland Light Infantry Memorial at Peshawar: deaths 1888-1891 from Soldiers Memorials

Historical books online

The Highland Light Infantry (the 71st H.L.I. and 74th Highlanders) by L B Oatts 1969. Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library. A book in the series Famous Regiments. (113 pages)