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The English Brigade in the French Service 1672-1678


Douglas's / Dumbarton's / The Royal Scots

This Scottish Rgt had been in the French Service since the first part of the 17th C, but had returned to England at the Restoration. With the raising of the English Standing Army in 1661 it was unnecessary for the regt to remain in England, and so it returned to France in 1662. It was again recalled to England for the 2nd Dutch War, but back to France in 1667. There it continued until 1678 when it was finally summoned home to serve on the English establishment as the First Royal Regt of Foot, or the Royal Scots. Twelve companies of 100 men each.


Services

1673-4 Rhine Theatre under Turenne

1674 Battle of Sintzheim

1675 Siege of Dachstein, Siege of Treves

1676 Siege of Philippsburg

1677 Siege of Freiburg


The Royal English Regiment

Sometimes referred to as Monmouth's Foot or the 'Old Battalion of Monmouth's Foot. It was raised in England in 1672 and sent over to France, where it remained until recalled into England in 1678. Sixteenth companies, totaling 2,000 men.


Services

1673 Siege of Maestricht

1674 Rhine Theatre under Turenne,Battle of Sintzheim, Battle of Entzheim

1675 Battle of Altenheim

1676 Siege of Philippsburg


Skelton's / 2nd Battalion of the Royal English

This bn was drawn from the standing regts in England. It went over to France in 1672 to replace the eight companies of the Royal English which had been disbanded. Once across the Channel, Skelton's was retained as a seperate unit and acted as the 2nd Bn The Royal English. In 1673 this bn was granted seniority over the original battalion as it was composed of guardsmen. This caused great jealousy betwen the two formations.

The companies of Skelton, Daniell and Sackville were recalled to England in Apr 1674. John Churchill assumed command of the remaining five companies and amalgamated them with the Earl of Peterborough's Regiment to form a new regiment which continued in France until 1677.


Services

1674 Rhine Theatre under Turenne, Battle of Entzheim

1675 Battle of Altenheim

1676 Siege of Philippsburg


The Life Guards

On 10 feb 1673 a composite troop of cavalry was taken from the three troops of the Life Guards and sent to France under the command of Louis de Duras, Marquis de Blanquefort. This special troop remained in France until 1674, although Duras stayed in France to command the English Brigade after that date.


Services

1673 Siege of Maestricht


Sir Henry Jones's Light Horse / Monmouth's Horse

A company of English Gens d'Armes was rasied for the French service by Sir George Hamilton in 1667 from the catholic officers who had been dismissed from the English establishment following the purge of 15 Sept 1667. Sir Henry Jones, a capatin in the Royal Horse Guards, was a lieutenant of this company, with Lord Morpeth as cornet. In 1671 Jones replaced Hamilton as commander when the company was expanded to a full size regiment. Total of 505 men.


Services

1673 Siege of Maestricht

1674 Rhine Theatre under Turenne, Battle of Entzheim, Battle of Waldheim

1676 Siege of Philippsburg


The Irish Regiment / Hamilton's / Dongan's

Sir Geroge Hamilton rasied this regiment in Ireland during 1671 especially for France. It was disbanded in France in 1678, returned to Ireland, and was then reformed under Thomas Dogan in the same year. Under Justin Macartie it returned to France as a mercenary regiment in 1679. Fifteen companies of 100 men each.


Services

1673-4 Rhine Theatre under urenne, Battle of Sintzheim, Battle of Entzheim

1675 Battle of Altenheim

1676 Siege of Philippsburg, action at Saverne


Roscommon's Irish Regiment

This Irish regt was rasied for French service in 1671 by Wentworth Dillion, Earl of Rosccommon, but it enjoyed a very short life. In 1672 it was disbanded in Lorraine by the French and the soldiers drafted into Hamilton's Regt. Twelve companies of 100 men each.


Sir William Lockhart's Scottish Regiment

Lockhart's went to France in 1673 and was used to recruit the Old Battalion of the Royal English.


John, Lord Vaughan's Regiment

Vaughan's was sent to France in 1673 and was again used to fill the ranks of the Old Battalion of the Royal English.


Earl of Peterbourgh's Regiment

This regiment went to France in 1673 and was amalgamated with the remnants of Skelton's Battalion to form Churchill's Foot.


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