Canonniers des Côtes de l'Océan

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Origin and History

Officer and Soldier of the Canonniers des Côtes de l'Océan circa 1702 - Courtesy of The New York Public Library

A company of 6 officers and 200 men was raised at La Rochelle on 1 June 1702.

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

  • Ferrand d'Escossay

The unit was disbanded in 1720 and incorporated in Royal-Artillerie.

Service during the War

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Uniform in 1702 – Copyright Kronoskaf
Uniform Details
Headgear black tricorne laced white with a white cockade
Neck stock white
Coat royal blue with red lining; yellow buttons on the right side and 1 yellow button on each side in the small of the back
Collar none
Shoulder Straps none
Lapels none
Pockets none
Cuffs red without any button
Turnbacks none
Waistcoat red with yellow buttons
Breeches red
Stockings red fastened under the knee with a natural leather strap
Gaiters none at the beginning of the war, white later
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt natural leather (often whitened with pipe-clay) with a brass buckle
Waistbelt natural leather (often whitened with pipe-clay) with a brass buckle
Cartridge Box natural leather
Bayonet Scabbard n/a
Scabbard black with white metal fittings
Footwear black shoes with a brass buckle








Colonel Colour: none.

Ordonnance Colour: white field; centre device consisting of medallion representing a cannon on brown earth with a blue sky in the background; above this medallion 3 golden fleurs and a small red bar on an azure field surmounted by a golden crown with red cushion; a white scroll edged gold bearing the black motto “TONANTIS IMAGO”; a red horizontal bar in the middle within a golden frame; under the central medallion, a red field within a golden frame

Ordonnance Colour – Copyright Kronoskaf


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 6, p. 201


Jean-Pierre Loriot for the initial version of this article