Anthony (Tony) Partington grew up in St Catharines, Ontario, and obtained an honours BSc in civil engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from York University. As a construction manager, Tony supervised major projects in Calgary, Toronto, and New York, and lastly Canary Wharf in London, England. His 20 years in London piqued his interest in British and European history.

Early in his career, Tony served in the Toronto Scottish Regiment. After retirement, he became president of its regimental association and was often asked: “Why is solid-colour hodden grey classed as a tartan?” and “Why is brown called ‘grey’?” He realized that the modern, multicultural regiment should learn about the cloth’s ancient, multicultural origins. Nine years later…

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Some volunteer units wearing Elcho-grey uniforms, from J. M. Grierson, Records of the Scottish Volunteer Force 1859 - 1908 (Edinburgh and London: W. Blackwood, 1909)

7th Middlesex (London Scottish) Volunteer Rifle Corps
3rd (Dumfries) Volunteer Battalion, The Kings Own Scottish Borderers
1st Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers / 5th Bn The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
2nd Volunteer Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders
5th Volunteer Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders
1st Volunteer Battalion, The Cameron Highlanders
4th (Stirlingshire) Volunteers Battalion, Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
Lord Elcho

Image: Francis Richard Charteris (Lord Elcho, MP), in the loose-fitting uniform of the LSRV, designed to be comfortable, economical, and practical. An 1867 engraving by D.J. Pound from a photograph by J&C Watkins, Parliament Street, London