Seaforth Highlanders Sgian Dubh – Hand made by the regimental silversmith, with solid brass Seaforth style St Andrew overlaying a hand carved star insignia. Top thistle mount is stone set with a real smoky quartz gem stone. The Seaforth Highlanders sgian dubh pattern was used by 78th Highlanders Regiment of Foot in the 19th century and was then adopted by the newly formed Seaforth Highlanders in 1881.
When the 72nd Highlanders of Canada was formed in 1910, they then became the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada regiment 1911. They also adopted the pattern from the Seaforth Highlanders of the Imperial service. In addition the 78th Highlanders of Canada also adopted the same pattern.
The Seaforth Highlanders (The Duke of Albany’s and Ross-shire Buffs) was a historic line infantry regiment of the British Army, mainly associated with large areas of the northern Highlands of Scotland.
When the regiment was formed in 1881 by merging the 72nd ( Duke of Albany’s Own Highlanders ) Regiment of Foot and the 78th Highlanders Regiment of Foot ( The Ross-shire Buffs ) they became the new unit’s 1st and 2nd Battalions respectively. It was made the county regiment for seven northern Scottish counties, including the Orkney Islands.
Both battalions were in India at the time of the merger, with 1st Battalion returning to Britain in 1882 and 2nd Battalion in 1895. In 1883 1st Battalion was posted to Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight and received new Colours the following year from Queen Victoria at Osborne House. Her son, Prince Leopold, the Duke of Albany, was made its colonel-in-chief.
In 1898 1st Battalion was sent to the Sudan. A year later 2nd Battalion was sent to southern Africa to serve in the Boer War (1899-1902), fighting throughout the conflict. 1st Battalion moved to India in 1903 and stayed there until the outbreak of the First World War (1914-18), receiving new Colours from King George V during the 1911 Delhi Durbar.
The regiment existed from 1881 to 1961, and saw service in World War I and World War II, along with many numerous smaller conflicts.
In 1961 the Cameron and Seaforth Highlanders were amalgamated to form The Queens Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons). In 1994 the regiment was merged with The Gordon Highlanders to become The Highlanders. In 2006 The Highlanders became part of The Royal Regiment of Scotland and known as 4 SCOTS The Highlanders.
Our range of fine hallmarked sterling silver skean dubh’s and dirks made by the Regimental silversmith and Royal silversmiths Hamilton & Inches in Edinburgh and our regimental silversmith in Scotland. We can engrave many of these skean dubhs for presentation gifts. Many of these skean dubhs complement the silver buckles, kilt pins and Scottish silver buttons we have available from our highland jewellery page.
We have a passion for fine antique and collectible sgian dubh’s and Highland dirks. We source antique Jacobite styles of the 18th century, high Victorian styles and regimental patterns of WW1 – WW2. Our sgian dubh and dirk range make wonderful addition to any Highland dress collection.
The Gaelic sgian dubh meaning “black knife”, where “black” may refer to the usual colour of the handle of the knife. It is also suggested that “black” means secret, or hidden, as in the word blackmail. This is based on the stories and theories surrounding the knife’s origin and the meaning of “Dubh” in Gaelic, in particular those associated with the Highland custom of depositing weapons at the entrance to a house prior to entering as a guest. Despite this practice, a small twin edged-dagger, (‘Mattucashlass’), concealed under the armpit, combined with a smaller knife, (‘Sgian dubh’).
Seaforth Highlanders Sgian Dubh