Charles Ross' Dragoons

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Origin and History

This regiment was raised on 20 June 1689 by James Wynne.

In 1704, the regiment was renamed "The Royal Dragoons of Ireland".

During the War of the Spanish Succession, the successive proprietors of the regiment were:

  • from 16 July 1695 to 8 October 1715: Charles Ross (promoted to brigadier-general on 9 March 1702, to major-general on 1 January 1704, and to lieutenant-general on 1 January 1707, made colonel-general of all the dragoon forces on 1 May 1711, and promoted to full general on 1 January 1712)

The regiment was disbanded in 1799.

Service during the War

At the beginning of the summer of 1702, the regiment formed part of the British Contingent sent to the Low Countries under the Earl of Marlborough. On 7 July, the regiment was attached to Erbach's Brigade, in the first line of the cavalry left wing. In December, it took up its winter-quarters in Thiel.

In May 1703, the regiment was part of the Allied army in the Low Countries. By the beginning of December, it was posted at in Worcum and Gorcum.

By 18 May 1704, the regiment was part of the army assembled by Marlborough near Bedburg for his planned march to the Danube. On 2 July, the regiment was present at the Battle of Schellenberg. On 13 August, it took part in the Battle of Blenheim where it was deployed in Ross's Brigade, in the third line of the cavalry left wing.

On 23 May 1706, the regiment fought in the Battle of Ramillies where it was deployed in Lumley's Division, in the first line of the cavalry right wing.

On 11 July 1708, the regiment took part in the Battle of Oudenarde where it was deployed in Stair's Brigade.

On 11 September 1709, the regiment fought in the sanguinary Battle of Malplaquet.

Uniform

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References

Dalton, Charles (ed.): English Army List and Commission Registers

  • Vol. IV. p. 3
  • Vol. V. p. 39

Wikipedia

N.B.: the section Service during the War is partly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.

Acknowledgement

Jörg Meier for the initial version of this article