Lovely framed set of cap badges discovered in our reserve collection of the 5th (Sutherland and Caithness) Seaforth Highlanders.
Large oval cap badge, to the centre the wildcat of Sutherland. Within the oval celtic strap is the motto SANS PEUR (without fear) which is also the motto of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
From the top of the strap are feathers. A single silver feather denotes a commissioned officer with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant or Lieutenant. A Captain had two feathers, a Major three and the Commanding Officer and Colonel had four feathers.
This pattern of cap badge differed to the normal Seaforth Highlanders stags head as this unit was a Territorial Battalion. The tartan worn was also the Sutherland tartan, of black, navy blue and green similar to that worn by the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
The battalion became the 5th (Sutherland and Caithness) Seaforth Highlanders in the Territorial Force under the Haldane reforms of 1908. It was previously known as the 1st Sutherland (Sutherland Highland) Volunteers Rifle Corps.