97th Foot

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised in Scotland on August 20 1760 by Colonel James Stewart. It was ordered to assemble at Aberdeen.

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

  • from August 1760: Colonel James Stewart
  • from 1762 to 1763: Forrester

The regiment was disbanded in 1763.

Service during the War

From March to June 1761, the regiment took part in the expedition against Belle-Isle. On June 8, the British took possession of Le Palais, the main town on the island. The regiment then garrisoned the island.


No details are known of the uniforms of this regiment.


No details are known of the colours of this regiment.


Fortescue, J. W.: A History of the British Army Vol. II, MacMillan, London, 1899

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

Reid, Stuart: Highland Regiments in the Seven Years War - Part One: Keith's [87th] and Campbell's [98th] Highlanders, 18th Century Military Notes & Queries No. 4

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 the information provided on this junior regiment.