Bigorre Infanterie

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Origin and History

The regiment was created on 9 September 1684 as “Bigorre Infanterie.” Indeed, expecting a Coalition to soon form against France, Louis XIV raised 30 new regiments from September 1 to 30 for the defence of the various places of the realm. By raising one regiment a day, he avoided any problem of precedence among these new regiments. The new regiment was formed with companies contributed by Navarre Infanterie and given to Étienne-Gérard Pellot, Chevalier de Trévières.

In 1690, during the Nine Years' War (1688-97), the regiment served in the Army of the Alps and participated in the capture of Cahours and Susa and in the Battle of Staffarda. In 1691, it took part in the conquest of the County of Nice and of Savoie; in 1693, in the Battle of the Marsaglia; and in 1696 in the siege of Valenza. In 1697, it was transferred to the Army of the Moselle.

During the War of the Spanish Succession, the regiment was commanded by:

  • from 9 September 1684: Étienne-Gérard Pellot, Chevalier de Trévières
  • from February 1702: N. de Seuil
  • from 9 March 1709 to 6 March 1719: Gabriel-Jacques de Salignac, Marquis de Fénelon

Service during the War

In 1700, the regiment was allocated to the Army of Italy.

On 1 September 1701, the regiment took part in the Battle of Chiari. It was then placed in garrison at Mantua.

In 1705, the regiment was transferred to the Army of Spain and contributed to the submission of Andalusia.

In 1707, the regiment took part in the siege of Lérida.

In 1709, the regiment was transferred to the Army of Dauphiné.

In 1710, the regiment joined the Army of Flanders.

In August and September 1712, the regiment took part in the Siege of Douai. It later contributed to the capture of Le Quesnoy and Bouchain.


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This article incorporates texts 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, pp. 221-222