73rd Regiment of Foot

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  • 1756 2nd Battalion, 34th Regiment of Foot redesignated as 73rd Regiment of Foot
  • 1763 became a Regiment of Invalids
  • 1769 disbanded
  • 1777 raised as the 1st Battalion 73rd (Highland) Regiment of Foot (MacLeod's Highlanders)
  • 1778 2nd Battalion raised
  • 1782 became the 73rd (Highland) Regiment of Foot
  • 1809 became the 73rd Regiment of Foot
  • 1862 became the 73rd (Perthshire) Regiment of Foot
  • 1881 amalgamated with the 42nd Regiment of Foot to become the the 2nd Battalion, Royal Highland Regiment (The Black Watch)
  • 2006 merged with five other Scottish regiments - the Royal Scots, the King's Own Scottish Borderers, the Royal Highland Fusiliers, The Highlanders and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders - to form the Royal Regiment of Scotland

Service in British India

Transfer between regiments

In 1819, while still in Ceylon, one hundred and seventy-two men volunteered to the 73rd regiment from the 19th regiment, when that regiment went back to England

When the 73rd regiment went back to England in 1821, all the men fit for service in a tropical climate were permitted to volunteer, in the first instance, to regiments in Ceylon, and ultimately to His Majesty's regiments stationed in the territories of the East India Company. Refer Historical books online, below.

FIBIS resources

  • "The Melvill Family – Three Generations of Commitment to India (Part 1)" by David Williams – pages 3-17 FIBIS Journal Number 32 (Autumn 2014) contains a section on Philip Melville, an officer in the 73rd Regiment of Foot, who was captured following the battle near Pollilur in 1780, with quotes from his papers. See FIBIS Journals for information about accessing this article.

External links

Historical books online

Volume III transcribed edition lib.militaryarchive.co.uk.
  • Page 126, Archibald Don, a Memoir 1918. Archive.org. Archibald Don was a medical student who was commissioned as an officer of the 10th Battalion, Black Watch, which was sent to Salonika in November 1915. He died of malignant malaria September 1916.