llan's view towards the breach
shows the formidable triple defences of bastions ditches
and cavaliers constructed by
the French for Haider Ali; the Cauvery's rocks and watery
channels described by Beveridge,
and British and sepoy regiments streaming out of the trenches.
Allan fought at Seringapatam and accurately depicted the
uniforms: there were no kilts.
Contrary to the convention of many 19th-century artists,
no regiments wore kilts in the Mysore wars. The 1st
Battalion of the 73rd Highlanders, embodied at Elgin,
were wearing their kilts when they arived at Madras
in 1780. Indeed, the kilts attracted much comment
among the curious crowd assembled to welcome them
. However, the kilt was very soon discarded, 'as it
was not them considered a suitable dress for tropical
or semi-tropical climates.' The dress was resumed
on return to North Briton, as the contemporary Scots
often addressed their native land.