Desbordes's Dragoons

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Origin and History

Late in 1708, the British decided to raise 5 regiments (1 dragoon regiment and 4 foot regiments) in Portugal. These regiments would consist of Portuguese soldiers under the nominal command of Portuguese colonels and effective command of Huguenot or British lieutenant-colonels. During recruitment, it was decided to reorganise the 4 foot regiments in 5 dragoon regiments.

The present regiment was raised in August 1709.

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

  • from August 1709: Don Pedro Antonia (effective commander from 24 August 1709 was Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Pierre Desbordes)
  • in 1712: Lieutenant-General Jean Pierre Desbordes

The regiment was disbanded in 1712.

Service during the War

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Uniform

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Colours

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References

Costello, Vivien: Reply to the query on Huguenot regiments in the war of Spanish Succession. 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. VI. p. 268

Acknowledgement

Jörg Meier and Wienand Drenth for the initial version of this article