On this page are British Army Regiments listed as active in 1881 after the Cardwell Reforms. This page is part of the support material for tracing ancestors who were in the British Army. The British Army establishment comprised Regiments from Scotland , Ireland, England & Wales. Irish & Scots Regiments are listed in their own column. The figures in brackets indicate the seniority of the Regiment within the British Army Establishment.
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The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (91/93)
The Seaforth Highlanders (72/78) from the 72nd Highland Regiment & the 78th Ross-shire Buffs
The Gordon Highlanders (75/92) from the 75th Regiment of Foot and the 92nd Gordon Highlanders.
The Scotch Rifles (Cameronians) (28/90) from the 28th Cameronian Regiment & the 90th Perthshire Light Infantry.
The York Regiment (Kings Own Borderers) 25th.
The Lothian Regiment (Royal Scots) 1st
The Royal Scots Fusiliers 21st
The Highland Light Infantry (The City of Glasgow Regiment) (71/74) from the 71st Highland Light Infantry & 74th Highlanders.
The Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) (42/73) from the 42nd Royal Highlanders & 73rd Perthshire Regiment.
The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (79)
The Royal West Surrey Regiment (The Queen's) 2nd
The Kentish Regiment (The Buffs) 3rd
The Royal Lancaster Regiment 4th.
The Northumberland Fusiliers 5th
The Royal Warwickshire Regiment 6th
The City of London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) 7th
The Liverpool Regiment (The Kings) 8th.
The Norfolk Regiment 9th.
The Lincolnshire Regiment 10th
The Devonshire Regiment 11th
The Suffolk Regiment 12th
The Somersetshire (Prince Albert Light Infantry) 13th
The West Yorkshire Regiment 14th
The East Yorkshire Regiment 15th
The Bedfordshire Regiment 16th
The Leicestershire Regiment 17th
The North Yorkshire Regiment (Princess of Wales's Own) 19th
The Lancashire Fusiliers 20th
The Cheshire Regiment 22nd
The Royal Welsh Fusiliers 23rd
The South Wales Borderers 24th
The Gloucestershire Regiment (28/61) from the 28th North Gloucesters & the 61st South Gloucesters.
The Worcestershire Regiment (29/36) from 29th Worcestershire & 36th Herefordshire Regiments.
The West Lancashire Regiment (30/59) from 30th Cambridgeshire & 59th Nottinghamshire Regiments.
The East Surrey Regiment (31/70) from 31st Huntingdonshire & 70th Surrey Regiments.
The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (32/46) from 32nd Cornwall & 46th south Devonshire Regiments.
Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's) (87/89) from the 87th Royal Irish Fusiliers & 89th Regiment.
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (27/108) from the 27th Enniskilling & 108th Madras Infantry.
The Royal Irish Regiment 18th
The Connaught Rangers (88/94) from the 88th Connaught Rangers & 94th Regiment of Foot.
The Royal Irish Rifles (83/86) from 83rd County of Dublin & 86th Royal County Down.
The Royal Dublin Fusiliers (102/103) from 102nd Royal Madras Fusiliers and the 103rd Royal Bombay Fusiliers.
The Prince of Wales's (Royal Canadian) Leinster Regiment (100/109) from the 100th Regiment of Foot Prince of Wales's Royal Canadian & 109th Bengal Infantry.
The Royal Munster Fusiliers (102/103) from the 102nd Royal Madras Fusiliers & the 103rd Royal Bombay Fusiliers.
Other English & Welsh Regiments