Lauder Infantry

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Origin and History

This regiment was raised in Scotland in 1602 by Sir Walter Scott of Bucleuch for the Dutch service.

From 1689, during the Nine Years' War (1688-97), the regiment was transferred to the English service.

In 1697, the regiment returned to the Dutch service.

Since the creation of the regiment, its successive colonels were:

  • from 1603: Sir Walter Scott of Bucleuch
  • from 1612: Sir Robert Henderson
  • from 1622: Sir Francis Henderson
  • from 1628: John Halkett
  • from 1629: David Balfour
  • from 1639: Archibald Douglas
  • from 1639: John Kirkpatrick
  • from 1684: Barthold Balfour
  • from 1697 to 1715: George Lauder

In 1795, the regiment was incorporated into the 6e Halvebrigade as its third battalion.

Service during the War

In December 1702, the regiment garrisoned in various places in Flanders.

In May and June 1703, the regiment was posted in Sluis. In December, it took up its winter-quarters in Berg-op-Zoom and Steenbergen.

By 5 July 1704, the regiment was in a nearby place, ready to join General Sparre's small army in the plain of Masle.

In August 1706, the regiment took part in the Siege of Menin.

In 1709, the regiment garrisoned at Dendermonde. From June to August, it took part in the Siege of Tournai.

At the end of June 1712, after the departure of the British Contingent, the regiment joined the Allied army of Prince Eugène. In July and August, the regiment took part in the unsuccessful Siege of Landrecies.


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Ferguson, James (ed.): Papers Illustrating the History of the Scots Brigade in the service of the United Netherlands, 1572-1782, Edinburgh 1899, vol. 2, p. 9

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


Phil Carrington for his work on the lineage of Dutch regiments