François La Fabreque's Dragoons

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Origin and History

This regiment was raised on 2 April 1706 from French Huguenot refugees by Francois La Fabreque for service in Spain.

Note: According to Dalton (see references), La Fabreque commanded the regiment until 23 February 1709, when it was reconstituted in Portugal. On that day, the command passed to Baltazar de Foissac, former major in the same regiment. It was then styled "Lieutenant-Colonel de Foissac's Reformed Regiment of French Dragoons". However, Dalton (Vol. VI, p.4 and p. 266) also lists Foissac's regiment as an independent unit raised on 7 March 1709 with no connection to La Fabreque's.

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

  • from 2 April 1706: Francois La Fabreque
  • from 9 September 1708: Henry Earl of Galway
  • from 24 June 1710 to 1712: Charles Janvre de la Bouchetière

Note: it seems that the regiment was initially designated as "The Marquis de Guiscard's Dragoons" even though La Fabreque assumed command of the regiment from the beginning.

The regiment was disbanded in 1712.

Service during the War

On 25 April 1707, the regiment distinguished itself at the Battle of Almansa, where it was deployed in Carpenter’s Brigade at the extreme left of the first line.

The regiment. was re-formed in 1709 in Portugal.

In 1712, the regiment was disbanded and its officers were placed on half-pay.


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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. 194
  • Vol. VI. p. 4

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


Jörg Meier for the initial version of this article