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The jackets appear to be grey, which suggest a Volunteer unit of the 1860s or 70s. The tartan has a white overstripe, and thus might be McKenzie, which suggest a Volunteer battalion attached to the HLI , possibly the 6th.

ButI'm guessing , and a Highalnd specialist needs to see this : might I suggest posting it on the Victorian Wars Forum ?

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Tony - thankyou for those suggestions to DJT. We do prefer questions to be answered 'in-house' - let's hope one of our Scottish

experts will be able to assist. I see that you are a fairly new member - did we welcome you to GMIC ? Mervyn

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Identifying uniforms from old photographs can often be tricky. This, after some research through my uniform library, seems to suggest that this could be a group belonging to either the 2nd or 6th Inverness Rifle Volunteer Corps in the 1860s or 70s. Their uniforms were grey with blue collars. At the approximate time of the photo, the 2nd Inverness RVC was HQd in Fort William and the 6th in Kingussie. They became B and F companies of the 1st Administrative Battalion of the Inverness RVC in 1879. Both these units were attached as Volunteer Battalions of the Seaforth Highlanders in 1881 but became the 1st Volunteer Battalion of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in 1883 and later the 4th Battalion of the regiment in 1908 as part of the Territorial Force. At the approximate time of the photo, the 2nd Inverness RVC was HQd in Fort William and the 6th in Kingussie. They became B and F companies of the 1st Administrative Battalion of the Inverness RVC in 1879. I attach an illustration from the excellent work of Sir James Grierson in 1908.

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