Highland Society Medal for Egypt 1801 in bronze. From the London Highland Society to the Black Watch.
The obverse with a bust portrait of head of Sir Ralph Abercromby facing right; the reverse with a Highlander with drawn sword capturing the standard of the French Imperial Legion, crocodile behind. The medal was intended for presentation to the officers and men of the 42nd Regiment from the London Highland Society as a token of their regard for the valor shown by the regiment in Egypt.
Medals in gold were presented to the Prince Regent and Abercromby’s sons. Silver and Bronze medals were later struck and awarded to senior officers of the expedition as well as soldiers who had distinguished themselves in the campaign.
The rim engraved “O’n Choumun Chaeleach D’ON Fhreiceadan Dubhna XLII Rt.” (translate – From the London Highland Society to the Black Watch or 42nd Regt.).
Obverse Inscription: ABERCROMBIUS DUX IN EGYPTO CECIDIT VICTOR . 28 MAR . 1801 (translates – Abercromby led in Egypt and became victorious 28 March 1801)
Reverse Inscription translation: NA FIR A CHOISIN BUAIDH SAN EPH AIT : 21 MAR .1801 (translates – The heroes who gained the victory in Egypt.).
It was the 42nd Foot who rescued Abercromby when he was mortally wounded in the battle of Alexandria.
Designed by: G F Pidgeon – 50mm – Bronze. London Highland Society Sir Ralph Abercromby Bronze Medal, Commemorating His Victory at the Battle of Alexandria, Egypt 1801.
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