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Kenny Andrew posted a topic in Helmets and HeadgearIn this thread I will list the different dice colours used by Scottish regiments of the British army. Although the Glengarry is recognised as a traditional form of Scottish headdress, the Glengarry was also worn universally by most British Regiments from 1874 to 1895. The Glengarry bonnet was made part of the uniform of the Glengarry Fencibles when they were formed in 1794 by Alasdair Ranaldson MacDonell of Glengarry, who has been described as having invented the cap, but it may have originated earlier when Balmoral bonnets were bent and creased. In his Dictionary of Military Uniform, W.Y. Carman notes that that first recorded military use of the Glengarry may have been that of a piper of the 74th Foot. It is not clear whether earlier pictures of civilians or fencible infantry show a true Glengarry or simply a folded highland bonnet. Capable of being folded flat the Glengarry became a characteristic part of the uniform of the Scottish regiments of the British Army. By 1860 the Glengarry, without a diced border and usually with a feather, was adopted by pipers in all regiments except the 42nd (Black Watch), who retained the feather bonnet. By 1914 all Scottish regiments were wearing dark blue Glengarries in non-ceremonial orders of dress, except for the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) who wore it in Rifle green, and the Scots Guards who wear peaked forage caps instead, albeit with a diced band. The diced bands were usually in red and white but the toories on top could be red, Royal blue or black according to regiment. For a period from 1868 to 1902, the Glengarry was adopted as an undress cap for ordinary duty and walking out dress for most British soldiers. A cap described in a 1937 amendment to the Dress Regulations for the Army as "similar in shape to the Glengarry" became the Universal Pattern Field Service Cap of the British Army in World War II. In the 1930s, Percy Sillitoe, the Chief Constable of the City of Glasgow Police, replaced the traditional police helmet with peaked caps featuring black and white chequered cap bands based on those featured on the military's Glengarry headdress, popularly known as the 'Sillitoe Tartan'. The diced band was subsequently widely adopted by British and other police forces around the world on their caps. Gordon Highlanders Glengarry The Gordons wore a dark blue glengarry with red ,white and very dark green dice with a red toorie. The Gordon Highlanders were a line infantry regiment of the British Army that existed for 113 years, from 1881 until 1994 when it was amalgamated with the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) to form the Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) In March 2006 they became the 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS) Their cap badge comprised of a white metal badge, with a stags head within a wreath of ivy, with a coronet and small scroll with the motto 'BYDAND' (Steadfast) Three officers of 1st Battalion The Gordon Highlanders photographed in France during the early months of the First World War