... the Glengarry Light Infantry.
Recruited from Upper and Lower Canada and New Brunswick, and engaged in many actions throughout the War of 1812, only to be disbanded in June 1816. And I knew I had started a 20mm unit of them in the past. After a good root around, I found a rather dusty open box of them, with the beginnings of a paint job:
I'm not sure of the manufacturer (possibly 'Hat'), and, of course, they are meant to be British Peninsular light Bobs. The main difference is that although the Canadians were uniformed like the 95th, they were not (according to Rene Chartrand) issued with rifles, but muskets, to which they added sights. That means that the little fellows are a bit short in the musket, but I can live with that. And they are nicely posed too:
Very dark at the moment as they only have undercoat and base green, but you can see the nice light Bob poses. As for the Yanks, well they were undercoated this evening, but will wait their turn behind the Glengarry fellows.
Here in Old England, the signs of Spring are here, and I took this photograph of primroses in my little garden this morning, before heading to work:
A marvellously tough plant, the primrose. These two clumps have been bright with their pale yellow flowers for weeks now, but were soaking up the bright, cold, sunlight this morning. Apparently, the primrose was the favourite flower of the famous Imperialist, UK Prime Minister, and favourite of Queen Victoria, Benjamin Disraeli. As a result, when a new Conservative society was founded in the 1880s, it took the primrose as its symbol and name, the Primrose League. Within a decade it had over a million members, and an elaborate structure, with different grades of membership wearing different primrose badges, like this one:
In fact, the Primrose League wasn't finally disbanded until 2004, yet it is now another once famous name that is forgotten.