The 79th Cameron Highlanders






Pro rege et patria

For King and country

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We are a collection of people who are dedicated to living history and re-enacting life as it would have been in the 79th Cameron Highlanders Regiment during the Peninsular wars and up to the Battle of Waterloo. We try to recreate as authentically as possible the everyday life for the soldiers and their families within the regiment, using costume, muskets, drums and food cooked to authentic recipes and day to day routine life in the camp.

The regiment meets regularly at Fort Amherst, Chatham, Kent, a genuine Napoleonic Fort and is one of the best preserved Napoleonic fortresses in England; it was designed and built to protect Chatham Dockyard which is situated on the banks of the river Medway during the threat of invasion by our enemies.

Our uniforms, much of which we make ourselves and the drill are based on the regiment before the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. We participate in various re-enactments both in the UK and in Europe, organised by the Napoleonic Association plus other events organised from within by ourselves or by other re-enactment units or localities.

We are proud of our living history which aims to provide an insight into the camp life of a regiment of that period; and we were one of the first Napoleonic groups to do this. This aspect of our group provides opportunities to persons who may not want to portray the life a line infantryman, but still be actively involved in the group using their own unique skills.

Furthermore we also have our own Pipers and Drummers, in their distinctive reverse coloured tunics. We welcome any interested musicians, whether they be experienced players, or just wishing to learn.

Our unit caters for every member of the family, whether you would like to be a soldier, partisan, a camp wife or a musician, there will always be a place for you within the 79th.