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SELL ME YOUR HIGHLANDERS
The King of Afghanistan, Shier Ali, was so impressed by the 92nd Gordon Highlanders in 1859 that he offered to buy the entire regiment from the British Government. When his offer was refused, he ordered scarlet jackets, pith helmets and "kilts", worn over trousers, and dressed some of his own men in them. When the Gordons helped capture Kabul in 1879 they found a warehouse filled with the Afghan version of kilts. These "kilts" proved popular with Indian servants and camp followers with the British occupation force. Earlier, in 1852, the King of Nepal, Jung Bahadoor, was so impressed by the guard of honour provided by the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders for his visit to Edinburgh that he asked if he could buy the regiment.  The offer was politely refused.

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