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It is thought that the use of Scottish clan crest cap badges surrounded by the strap and buckle closely resembling the insignia of the Order of the Garter (a practice for which there is no evidence until the second half of the 19th century), was first introduced by the British military regiments whose regimental cap-badges often included the Garter-style surround.

Among certain Scottish military regiments such as the 5th Territorial Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, raised by the Duke of Sutherland in 1859, miniature silver eagle's feathers were worn behind the regimental cap badge to indicate the officer's rank; with a single feather designating a lieutenant, two a captain, three a major, and four feathers a colonel.  This style seems to have later been adopted by civilians in the wearing of miniature silver eagles feathers to indicate whether the wearer was an armiger, a chieftain, or a clan chief.  "The use of feathers is one of custom and convention, and has no legal basis" 

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