Flavencourt Dragoons

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised by the Seigneur de Fouilleuse, Marquis de Flavencourt, a nobleman from Picardie, in 1707. It counted 3 squadrons, each of 4 companies.

During the War of the Spanish Succession, the owner of the regiment was:

  • from 1707: Seigneur de Fouilleuse, Marquis de Flavencourt

The regiment was disbanded in 1715.

Service during the War

At its creation in 1707, the regiment initially served in the Spanish Netherlands.

In 1710, the regiment was transferred to France.

In 1713, the regiment was sent to Spain.

Uniform

It seems that all Spanish and Italian dragoon regiments formed raised after 1702 wore, according to new royal decree of 1702, green uniforms and that all troopers, including grenadiers wore the mitre cap.

Troopers

Uniform in 1707 - Copyright: Michele Savasta Fiore
Uniform Details in 1707
Headgear mitre cap with a dark green front flap edged silver and a green cap with a dark green pompom
Neck stock white cravate
Coat green with pewter buttons on the right side
Collar none
Shoulder straps a white aiguillette on the right shoulder
Lapels none
Pockets horizontal pockets, each with 3 pewter buttons
Cuffs dark green, each with 3 pewter buttons
Turnbacks none
Waistcoat probably dark green with pewter buttons
Breeches dark green (probably buff leather during campaign)
Leather Equipment
Bandolier natural leather
Waistbelt natural leather worn above the coat (white for grenadiers)
Cartridge Box natural leather ventral cartridge box
Scabbard black leather with a white metal tip
Footgear natural leather gaiters
Horse Furniture
Saddlecloth dark green bordered with a silver braid with a central dark green stripe
Housings dark green bordered with a silver braid with a central dark green stripe and decorated with the silver monogram of Philip V
Blanket roll no information found


Troopers were armed with a sword, two pistols and a carbine.

Officers

Uniforms of officers differed from those of privates and NCOs by the finer material used. Their waistcoat, saddle cloth and housings were edged with a wide golden braid.

The regulation of 30 December 1704 specified the distinctive of each military rank:

  • colonel: a baton with a gold knob
  • lieutenant-colonel: a baton with a silver knob
  • sargento mayor: a baton with a silver topped knob
  • captain: silver or golden epaulettes (according to the metal colour of the regiment) on both shoulders
  • lieutenant: silver or golden epaulette (according to the metal colour of the regiment) on the right shoulder
  • cornet: silver or golden epaulette (according to the metal colour of the regiment) on the left shoulder

NCOs

The regulation of 30 December 1704 specified the distinctive of each military rank:

  • sergeant : baton without knob and halberd
  • mariscal de logis (quartermaster): small white woolen epaulette
  • brigadier: swagger stick
  • corporal of squadron: swagger stick
  • second corporal of squadron (rank suppressed in 1706): swagger stick

Musicians

Drummers probably wore a “reversed colours” uniform: dark green coat with green distinctive.

Guidons

Colonela Guidon - Copyright: Michele Savasta Fiore using a template contributed by Gilbert Noury
Ordonnance Guidon - Copyright: Michele Savasta Fiore using a template contributed by Gilbert Noury

References

Acknowledgment

Michele Savasta Fiore for the initial version of this article.