Victorian Officer’s 1855 Pattern, 1st Royal Lanark Militia Shoulder Belt Plate.
A very rare example of a 1st royal Lanark militia shoulder belt plate, comprising of a rectangular Victoria crowned gilt back plate, this mounted with a facetted silver background and this in turn mounted with a crosshatched St Andrew’s cross. To the domed centre is a three flower headed thistle surrounded by a rope edged strap carrying the regimental motto “Nemo Me Impune Lacessit”. To the bottom of the plate is a rope edged scroll bearing 1st Royal Lanark Militia. A now very hard to find example of a 1st Royal Lanark Militia Shoulder Belt Plate.
The reverse retains it’s original fixings comprising of two hooks and two studs.
1st Royal Lanark Militia: lineage goes back to the year of 1798. In 1802 it was renamed the Royal Lanark Militia and became the 1st Royal Lanark Militia in the year of 1854 and was based largely around Glasgow with their headquarters in Hamilton. The Regiment saw action during the Crimean War from the February of 1855 to the June of 1856. It also served in India’s First War of Independence “Indian Mutiny” during the period from the October of 1857 to the June of 1860. As part of the Childers reforms of 1881 militia regiments became reserve battalions of the new regiments. The 1st Royal Lanark Militia was designated as the 3rd (Militia) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. 1st royal Lanark militia shoulder belt plate
United Kingdom Militia: the militia of the United Kingdom were the military reserve forces. After the Union in 1801. of the former Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland the militia was transformed into the Special Reserve by the Territorial and Reserve Forces Act of 1907. Although muster rolls were prepared as late as 1820 the element of compulsion was abandoned, and the militia was transformed into a volunteer force.It was intended to be seen as an alternative to the army. 1st royal Lanark militia shoulder belt plate
Good Condition. this 1st royal Lanark militia shoulder belt plate has a tiny nick to the bottom edge and a very slight indentation to the top right hand corner.