Origin and History
This Irish regiment was initially supplied by France and entered into the Spanish service at Saragossa on November 1 1709 as the "Duque Tadeo Mac Auliffe" regiment.
During the War of the Spanish Succession, the regiment fought at the battles of Saragossa (August 20, 1710), Brihuega (December 8, 1710) and Villaviciosa (December 10, 1710) and took part to the siege of Barcelona (1714).
During the War of the Austrian Succession, the regiment fought against the Austrians in Italy from 1742 to 1748.
During the Seven Years' War, the regiment was under the command of:
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Service during the War
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|Coat||red with yellow buttons on the right side
|Waistcoat||blue with yellow buttons|
Armaments consisted of a musket, a bayonet and a sword (brass hilt).
The colonel, lieutenant-colonel, sargentos mayores and officers carried a spontoon and an officer stick. They used to hang this stick at the second button of the coat. The type of handle of the officer stick was different for each rank:
- gold for the colonel
- silver for the lieutenant-colonel
- silver (but only one finger wide) for the Sargento Mayor and the captains
- ivory for assistants, lieutenants and for the chaplain
- wooden with a silver ring for sub-lieutenants
Sergeants carried a halberd instead of a spontoon. Furthemore, their officer stick had no handle.
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Since 1709, the coronela (colonel) and sencilla (battalion) colours of all Irish regiments were identical. At the beginning of the 1750's the coronela was altered and became slightly different for each regiment (with the name of the regiment written in the lower part of the colour). In most Spanish regiments the practice of writing the name of the regiment on the coronela seems to have been suppressed around 1759. However, the sencillass remained unchanged.
Coronela: White field with a red Burgundian cross; in the upper left corner, a medaillon carrying the arms of the regiment (blue field with a golden harp) surmounted by a golden crown; beneath the medaillon, a scroll with the motto "IN OMNEN TERRAM EXHIVIT SONUS EORUM".
Sencillas: Blue field; centre device consisting of a golden Irish harp.
N.B.: the field of the arms is often represented as blue which could simply be a faded green
Album de Taccoli, 1759
Clonard, Conde de, Álbum de la Infantería española, 1861
Juan José Torres and the Asociación Cultural de Modelismo Histórico Alabarda for the information and counselling provided for this article.
Volker Scholz for the information provided on colours.