79th Cameron Highlanders, officer’s Georgian period gilt button, 20mm


An attractive 20mm officer’s button with the added interest of having an old attached label connecting it to an individual officer who served in the 79th Cameron Highlanders from 1811 until the early 1840s. The button has the standard design of the regiment  but with the initials G R . The backmark is C. JENNENS LONDON and the button retains a considerable amount of the original gilt finish. The old vellum label reads: This Button was worn at the Battle of Waterloo by WILLIAM RIACH who carried the Colours of the 79th Regiment (now the 1st Battn. Royal Cameron Highlanders) at that Battle. He was my Great Grandfather Margaret S. R. Reed.      sep12/1

William Alexander Riach was commissioned Ensign in the 79th on 17th October 1811, Lieutenant 17th  June 1813, Captain 7th April 1825, Brevet Major 28th June 1838, although in the 1840 Hart’s Army List he was the senior Captain and the only officer still serving in the regiment, apart from the Paymaster, who is still shown as being a veteran of Waterloo [denoted in Army Lists by the bold gothic W against a Waterloo veteran’s name]. He fought throughout the Peninsula War and was  present on 18th June at Quatre Bras, and was severely wounded by a grape shot on the right side of the abdomen. He has disappeared from the active list by 1844. The coatee he wore at Waterloo is in the Museum of  the Queen’s Own Highlanders but from an illustration on the internet it does not appear to retain any of its buttons. One of our illustrations shows the entry in our reference copy of  Hart’s Army List 1840. 

1 in stock