HC Deb 28 June 1881 vol 262 c1488

asked the Secretary of State for War, Why the headquarters of 71st Highland Light Infantry, embodied in April 1778 at Elgin under the denomination of "Macleod's Highlanders," are to be transferred from Fort George to Lanark, a town with which they have no connection?


Sir, in reply to the hon. and gallant Gentleman, I have to state that the 71st Highland. Light Infantry will not be localized at Lanark, but at Hamilton. The reason for the battalion being separated from the 78th is that the 72nd and 78th, both in their own opinion and in that of the district, naturally form one regiment, being both Mackenzie Highlanders, and the 71st, being thus displaced from Fort George, is joined with the 74th, another trews regiment of the same character, and will recruit from the large Highland population in Glasgow and its neighbourhood.