Granada Cavalry

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised according to an ordonnance issued on 10 September 1702. It was raised and organised from 28 March 1703.

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

  • since 4 March 1703: Alonso Perez de Saavedra y Narvaez
  • from 24 February 1707: Lope de Hoces y Cordoba
  • from 1715: Felipe Ramirez de Arellano

Service during the War

By 28 March 1704, the regiment, then posted at Badajoz, counted 12 companies for a total of only 235 men.

On 10 December 1710, the regiment fought in the Combat of Villaviciosa.

Uniform

Very little is known about the uniform of this regiment to the exception that the uniform was blue with red as its distinctive colour.

Privates

Uniform in 1703- Source: Copyright Richard Couture
Uniform Details
Headgear black tricorne laced yellow or white, with a red cockade fastened with a golden or silver clip and a brass or a pewter button
Neck stock white
Coat blue with brass or pewter buttons on the right side
Collar none
Shoulder straps no information found
Lapels none
Pockets no information found, we assume horizontal pockets, each with 3 buttons
Cuffs red, each with buttons
Turnbacks none
Waistcoat probably red
Breeches probably blue
Leather Equipment
Bandolier natural leather
Waistbelt natural leather worn above the coat
Cartridge Box natural leather ventral cartridge box
Scabbard black leather with a white metal tip
Footgear natural leather boots
Horse Furniture
Saddlecloth probably blue edged with a wide red braid
Housings probably blue edged with a wide red braid
Blanket roll no information found


Troopers were armed with a sword, a pistol 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. They always wore a tricorne notwithstanding the headgear worn by soldiers.

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 woolen epaulette (red or of the distinctive colour of the regiment)
  • brigadier: swagger stick
  • corporal of squadron: swagger stick
  • second corporal of squadron (rank suppressed in 1706): swagger stick

Musicians

no information found yet

Standards

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References

Dragonas Magazine

Acknowledgement

Jean-Pierre Loriot for the initial version of this article.