81st Foot

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised in 1757 by Colonel Lindores as an invalid regiment with veterans from the Flanders campaigns.

During the Seven Years' War, the regiment was under the command of:

  • from 1757: Colonel Alexander Lord Lindores

Service during the War

The regiment seem to have assumed garrison duty in Germany.

In August 1758, garrison duty in Emden was assumed by 400 Invalids arrived from Great Britain but we do not know which regiment it was (41st, 81st or 82nd).

On September 25 1761, in East Frisia, M. de Conflans, at the head of his light troops, summoned Emden to surrender. The inhabitants refused to join the garrison (200 British invalids) in the defence of the place who surrendered. Once more, we do not know which British regiment it was (41st, 81st or 82nd).


Very few information is available about the uniform of this regiment: its distinctive colour was blue and no lace were used.


no information available


Mills, T. F., Land Forces of Britain the Empire and Commonwealth (an excellent website which unfortunately does not seem to be online any more)

Schirmer, Friedrich: Die Heere der kriegführenden Staaten 1756 - 1763. Edited and published by KLIO-Landesgruppe Baden-Württemberg e.V., Magstadt, 1989

United Services Magazine 1863, Issue 3


Digby Smith for information provided on this junior regiment.