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Origin and History
The regiment was created on 27 February 1698, after the Treaty of Ryswick, by John Monck, Duke of Albemarle with troops from the regiments La Marine and Dublin.
During the War of the Spanish Succession, the regiment was commanded by:
- from 27 February 1698: John Monck, Duke of Albemarle
- from 10 February 1703: Nicolas Fitz-Gerald (killed in action at the battle of Oudenarde in 1708)
- 7 August 1708: Daniel O’Donnel of Tyrconnel
On 6 February 1715, the regiment was incorporated in Clare Infanterie.
Service during the War
In 1701, the regiment was part of the Army of the Rhine. In July, it was sent to Northern Italy where it campaigned under the command of the Maréchal de Catinat during the Imperialist invasion of Northern Italy.
On 15 August 1702, the regiment fought in the Battle of Luzzara.
In 1703, the regiment campaigned once more in Italy. It accompanied the Duc de Vendôme who advanced in Trentino in a vain attempt to effect a junction with the army of the Elector of Bavaria.
In March and April 1704, the regiment fought in several encounters in Upper Italy, taking part in the sieges and capture of Vercelli and Ivrea. It then marched to Verrua to open the trench.
In 1705, the regiment took part in the Siege of Verrua which surrendered on 9 April after a fierce defence. On 16 August, it fought in the Battle of Cassano.
In 1706, the regiment took part in the unsuccessful siege of Turin. On 7 June, it fought in the disastrous Battle of Turin. It then retired to Pinerolo and then retreated to France.
In 1707, the regiment operated in Flanders.
On 11 July 1708, the regiment fought in the Battle of Oudenarde, where its colonel was killed.
On 11 September 1709, the regiment took part in the Battle of Malplaquet.
In 1711, the regiment took part in the combat of Arleux.
On 24 July 1712, the regiment fought in the victorious Battle of Denain. It then took part in the Siege of Douai and in the recapture of Le Quesnoy.
In 1713, the regiment took part in the sieges and capture of Landau and Freiburg.
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This article is mostly made of abridged and adapted excerpts from the following books, which are now in the public domain:
- Susane, Louis: Histoire de l'ancienne infanterie française, J. Corréard, Paris, 1849-1856, Tome 8, p. 287