Constable, Royal Irish Constabulary, 1884
The RIC had its origins in the rural Irish
constabulary of Ireland from the 1820s. It appears to have always been a
paramilitary force used to maintain peace in the turbulent Irish provinces,
and to enforce the will of the ruling classes. As a result of its
performance during the Fenian Rising of 1867 Queen Victoria bestowed the
title Royal to the organisation. The RIC provided many officers to the
emerging colonial police that were needed around the Empire, and its
organisation and capabilities were mirrored around the globe.
Headdress Dark green felt covered shako with black leather chin strap and
front and rear peaks. The Constabulary badge was fixed to the front of the
Tunic Plain dark green item with the only embellishment being lace on the
pointed cuffs and badges attached to the ends of the collar. Closed with
blackened metal buttons down the front.
Legwear Plain dark green trousers worn over ankle boots.
Equipment Marching order consisting of black leather waist belt,
supporting straps and ammunition pouches. The belt is closed with a brass
union buckle. Over the right shoulder is carried a canvas haversack
containing necessary items such as food, spare socks, etc. The frog holding
the bayonet hangs from the waist belt behind the left hip.
Weapon Calibre 0.577 Enfield short rifle with sword bayonet.