Posted by George A. Bray III on July 05, 1999 at 19:52:50:
In Reply to: Robert Rogers posted by Parker on July 03, 1999 at 16:57:37:
: I know that Robert Rogers was of Scottish descent, and have recently learned that I am somewhat Celtic myself. I know that Rogers used the thistle as part of his unit's insignia, and I understand that the thistle is the emblem of Clan Stuart, from which I hail (doesn't everybody?), but also commonly used as an all-around symbol of Scotland itself. I was wondering if anybody (perhaps Maj. Bray?) could tell me what Clan Rogers claimed as his own? Perhaps if there were any paintings showing him wearing a tartan, it could be determined from that, but I didn't know the first place to look, so I came here first.
: PS- Thanks Caitlin for the photo of the bridge, it's beautiful!
My apologies for my late reply to this inquiry, but I was on duty at Fort Niagara (commanding the 20th anniversary of the F&I War event there) and just returned from that outpost today.
I am sorry to relate that there is no documented original unit badge for Rogers' Rangers or back to back R buttons as you sometimes read about or see worn by reenactors. This is all a contrivance of modern design lacking any documentary or archaeological evidence.
Regarding the clan question, one could refer to a newly published work by Robert J. Rogers entitled "Rising Above Circumstances, The Rogers Family in Colonial America." In this book, Mr. Rogers says the origins of the Rogers clan remains unknown. Sorry I cannot shed more light on that subject, but as a direct decendent I would have to trust the author in his evaluation.
George A. Bray III
Major, Rogers' Rangers
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