Luke Lillingston's Foot

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised on 25 March 1705 by Luke Lillingston. It counted a single battalion.

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

  • from 25 March 1705: Luke Lillingston
  • from 2 June 1708: James Jones
  • from 27 November 1711 to 21 September 1717: Francis Alexander

After the war, the regiment remained stationed in the West Indies until 1763.

Service during the War

In 1705, the new regiment was initially stationed in Ireland.

In 1707, the regiment served at sea as marines. In May, it went to the Leeward Islands to relieve Thomas Whetham's Foot.

In 1708, the regiment served in the West Indies.

In 1710, the regiment was sent to the West Indies where it would remain until 1763.

Uniform

There were still no regulation concerning uniforms and colonels were responsible for the clothing of their soldiers. Therefore, there were wide variations from one regiment to another.

Hairs were worn long in a “long bob”. They were sometimes tied at the back of the neck. The hair bag was also already in use.

Men as well as officers were clean-shaven. Officers sometimes wore small moustaches.

We have been unable to find any description of the uniform of this regiment. Farmer just mentions: scarlet uniform with yellow facings.

Colours

no information found yet

References

Atkinson C.T.: Queen Anne's War in the West Indies: Part I. Jamaica, in Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, Vol. 24, No.99 (Autumn 1946), pp. 100-109

Farmer, John S.: The Regimental Records of the British Army, London: Grant Richards, 1901

Lawson, Cecil C. P.: A History of the Uniforms of the British Army, Vol. 1 From the beginning to 1760, London: Kaye & Ward, pp. 12-54

Mills, T. F., Land Forces of Britain the Empire and Commonwealth (an excellent website which unfortunately seems to have disappeared from the web)

Dalton, Charles (ed.): English Army List and Commission Registers

  • Vol. V. pp. 10, 174
  • Vol. VI. p. 148

Acknowledgements

Jörg Meier for additional info on this regiment