The Massie Collection of Medals to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

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Date of Auction: 17th September 1999

Sold for £520

Estimate: £200 - £250

Pair: Private Robert Brand, 93rd Highlanders
Crimea 1854-56, 2 clasps, Balaklava, Sebastopol (2784., 93 Sutherland Highlanders) regimentally impressed naming; India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Umbeyla (2784., H.M. 93rd Highrs.) suspension post repaired on the first, contact marks and edge bruising, otherwise nearly very fine (2) £200-250


‘Robert Brand enlisted for the 93rd at Montrose on 31 May 1852, and served with the regiment for the full term of twenty-one years, being discharged at Aberdeen on 8 August 1873. He accompanied the regiment to the Crimea and landed at Eupatoria Bay with it, but did not take part in the battle of the Alma owing to illness. His baptism of fire was received in the glorious episode in which the regiment took part at Balaklava. He also took part in the expeditions to Kertch and Yenikale, and in the siege and capture of Sebastopol, and was one of the volunteers who accompanied Lieutenants Fenwick and Macbean into the Redan; was with the regiment when it proceded to take part in the Indian Mutiny Campaign, serving at the relief of Lucknow, battle of Cawnpore, siege and capture of Lucknow, battle of Bareilly and various other actions of the campaign. Served also in the Eusofzai Campaign of 1863-64, and at the Umbeyla Pass.’

Sold with copy discharge papers and a copy from a regimental journal from which the above was extracted and which also shows a portrait of Brand wearing his medals.