Origin and History
This Irish regiment was raised on February 27 1698 from the remnants of other Irish regiments.
During the War of the Polish Succession, the regiment served on the Rhine from 1733 to 1735.
During the War of the Austrian Succession, the regiment fought at Dettingen on June 27 1743. It was then transferred to Flanders where it served from 1744 to 1748.
The regiment counted only 1 battalion.
During the Seven Years' War, the regiment ranked 99th and was under the command of:
- since August 3 1720: Comte de Thomond
- from September 20 1761 till March 24 1769: Vicomte de Thomond
Service during the War
By August 1 1757, the regiment was stationed at Landerneau in Bretagne.
In 1758, the regiment defended Cherbourg.
In 1760, the regiment joined the French armies operating in Germany. By May 23, it was part of the first line of the infantry centre of Broglie's Army. By December 30, the regiment had taken its winter-quarters in Giessen.
To do: details of the campaign of 1762
|Coat||red lined white with 12 copper buttons grouped 2 by 2 and 12 yellow buttonholes on one side of the coat down to the waist and 1 copper button on each side at the small of the back
|Waistcoat||red with copper buttons and yellow buttonholes on one side down to the waist|
|Gaiters||white fastened with a black strap|
Armaments consisted of a musket and a bayonet. Fusiliers carried a sword (brass hilt) while the grenadiers had a sabre.
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Drummers wore uniforms similar to those of the privates but with laces on the cuffs and arms of the coat.
- Colonel Colour: white field with a red cross bordered white superposed on a red cross of St. Patrick.
- Ordonnance Colours: green field with a red cross bordered white superposed on a red cross of St. Patrick.
Évrard, P.: Praetiriti Fides
Funcken, Liliane and Fred: Les uniformes de la guerre en dentelle
Menguy, Patrice: Les Sujets du Bien Aimé (a website who has unfortunately disappeared from the web)
Mouillard, Lucien: Les Régiments sous Louis XV, Paris 1882
Pajol, Charles P. V.: Les Guerres sous Louis XV, vol. VII, Paris, 1891, pp. 210-211
Rogge, Christian: The French & Allied Armies in Germany during the Seven Years War, Frankfurt, 2006
Service historique de l'armée de terre: Sommaire des forces armées Françaises à l'intérieur et à l'extérieur de la France - 1er Août 1757
N.B.: the section Service during the War is mostly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.