Count Nassau's Foot

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Origin and History

This regiment was part of the six Huguenot regiments of foot raised in England on 2 April 1706, in preparation for an expedition to support the Camisard revolt in the Cévennes. Most of the officers were pensioners from the Irish Establishment. However, the plan was aborted and the present regiment was sent to the Iberian Peninsula.

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

The regiment was disbanded in early 1708 and never re-formed.

Service during the War

In July 1706, when the regiment sailed for England, it was not yet completed, nor did it have its full complement of officers. Late in the year, it was transported to Lisbon.

In early 1707, the regiment was transported to Alicante. On 25 April, it fought in the Battle of Almansa, where it was decimated. Most of its officers were taken prisoner and not released until the Treaty of Utrecht.

In early 1708, when it returned to England, the regiment was disbanded and never re-formed.


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Costello, Vivien: Reply to the query on Huguenot regiments in the war of Spanish Succesion. In: Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, Vol. 86, No.345 (Spring 2008), pp.85-89

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

  • Vol. V. p. 203
  • Vol. VI. p. 13, 177, 241

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


Wienand Drenth and Jörg Meier for the research on this regiment