Paul de Blosset's Foot

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Origin and History

This regiment was part of the six Huguenot regiments of foot raised in England in April and May 1706, in preparation for an expedition to support the Camisard revolt in the Cévennes. Most of the officers were pensioners from the Irish Establishment. However, the plan was aborted and the present regiment was sent to the Iberian Peninsula.

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

  • from April 1706: Paul de Blosset

The regiment was drafted into Frederick de Sibourg's Foot in early 1707.

Service during the War

In July 1706, when the regiment sailed for England, it was not yet completed, nor did it have its full complement of officers. Late in the year, it was transported to Lisbon and shortly afterwards it garrisoned the recently conquered town of Alicante.

In 1707, the regiment was garrisoned in Alicante. It was drafted into Frederick de Sibourg's Foot and its former colonel was given command of a Catalan regiment of two battalions.

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References

Campillo, Xavier Rubio: God Save Catalonia! England’s intervention in Catalonia during the War of the Spanish Succession, p. 51

Carnegie, David and Andrew Agnew: Protestant Exiles from France/Volume 2 - Historical Introduction - section VIII in Wikisource

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

Acknowledgement

Wienand Drenth and Jörg Meier for the research on this regiment