13th June 2021

Uniform Buttons

58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot

Coutesy “Russell Carter: The circle was inscribed ‘Gibralter’, ‘Egypt’ and ‘Maida’. The tunic buttons issued in 1855 had two types of numeral, one large and one small.


With thanks to Sheryll.








This regiment only served in New South Wales from November 1843, taking over duties from the 80th Regiment, until they were needed in New Zealand, and left to serve there from 1845-47. Those not wishing to settle in New Zealand left for ‘home’ in 1859.

The Australian (Sydney), 27th May 1847 page 3.


99th (Lanarkshire) Regiment of Foot

This button from Cultman Collectables is described only as Victorian.

The 99th (Lanarkshire) Regiment of Foot formed in 1824. It amalgamated with the 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot in 1881 to form the Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire regiment).

They served in the colonies from 1842 to 1856, although from 1845-51 contingents were sent to the wars in New Zealand. Throughout 1842 and into 1843, ships of convicts arrived in Hobart under guard of the 99th . On one ship several soldiers of the 99th were involved in an attempted mutiny.  Another ship of soldiers was wrecked with the loss of life of around 300 persons. Detachments were also sent to Sydney, Newcastle and Morton Bay. They got into trouble in 1847, and the 11th Regiment had to be deployed to settle things down …

Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney), 18th August 1900 page 34. A story from 1845.

The Mercury (Hobart), 15th July 1939 page 10.

The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser, 25th October 1905 page 1049. This was the first war memorial to be erected in Australia.

When they sailed for home in 1856 over 400 men stayed behind in the colonies, transferring to other units.

Australian War Memorial #REL/18964.001. Officer of 99th full dress coatee, made c1842-48. According to the AWM: all  the buttons are marked Jennins & Co, London, are convex closed gilt buttons and bear a Queen Victoria crown and the number ’99’. 


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