Partido do Porto Horse

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Origin and History

In Portugal on the eve of the Seven Years War, the term “Auxiliary Infantry” designated militia units. In 1762, at the beginning of military operations, the northern provinces and the province of Alentejo were requested to raise a few auxiliary companies or regiments of horse and foot.

The horse unit raised in the Partido do Porto counted 3 companies.

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

  • in 1762: no information found yet

The unit was disbanded at the end of the conflict.

Service during the War

No information available yet about the service of the regiment during the Seven Years' War

Uniform

Privates

Uniform Details as per the Direcção-Geral de Arquivos
Headgear black tricorne laced yellow with a blue and white cockade
Neckstock white
Coat medium blue lined light white with yellow buttons
Collar white
Shoulder straps none
Lapels white, each with 7 yellow buttons
Pockets none
Cuffs white with 3 yellow buttons
Turnbacks white
Waistcoat white with 1 row of yellow buttons
Breeches medium blue
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt natural leather
Waistbelt natural leather
Cartridge Pouch black
Scabbard brown
Footgear black boots
Horse Furniture
Saddlecloth no information available
Housings no information available
Blanket roll n/a


Officers

Officers wore uniforms similar to those of the privates with the following differences:

  • white collar edged gold
  • white waistcoat edged gold with 2 rows of yellow buttons
  • officer stick of natural wood with a silver handle with a silver cord and tassel

Musicians

no information available yet

Colours

The exact pattern of the Portuguese colonel colours during the Seven Years' War is unknown (Kirby's article illustrates a simple white standard with the crowned arms of Portugal as centre device, but we do not know the exact date of this illustration).

The ordonnance colours were chosen by the colonel of the regiment. For the moment, we have found no source depicting specific colours for this regiment.

References

Ribeiro Rodrigues, Manuel A.; 300 Anos de Uniformes Militares do Exército de Portugal 1660-1960, Exército Portugués and Sociedade Historica da Independéncia de Portugal, 1998

Acknowledgment

Manuel Ribeiro Rodrigues and Joseph O'Neill for the information and counseling provided for this article.