Richard Gorges's Foot

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Origin and History

This regiment was raised in Ireland in 1703.

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

  • from 10 April 1703: Richard Gorges (transferred to the former Earl of Donegall's Foot on 15 April 1706)
  • from 15 April 1706: Thomas Allen
  • from 29 March 1708: Thomas Moore
  • from 11 July 1710 to 1713: Richard Molesworth

The regiment was disbanded in 1713.

Service during the War

In August 1705, the regiment embarked for Spain. From August to October, it took part in the siege and capture of Barcelona.

In 1706, the regiment was posted in Valencia.

In 1707, the soldiers of the regiment were drafted into other regiments in Spain, and the regiment was re-formed in England.

On 27 September 1711, the regiment took part in the Combat of Els Prats del Rei.

By the end of March 1712, the regiment was stationed in Catalonia.

The regiment was disbanded in 1713.

Uniform

Black tricorne, red coat, white waistcoat, breeches, stockings, and neck stock.

In November 1705, a considerable number of soldiers (18 out of 56) hospitalized at the Santa Creu Hospital in Barcelona had a blue coat (some with a red waistcoat) instead of the regular red one, but most of these 18 had two coats: a blue one and an additional red coat. It seems that the blue coat was worn as in most instances it is noted first. These men belonged to various companies and there seems to be no specific pattern for the distribution of the blue coats.

Colours

no information found yet

References

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

  • Vol. V. p. 244
  • Vol. VI. (1707-1714), London 1904, pp. 153

Campillo, Xavier Rubio: God Save Catalonia! England’s intervention in Catalonia during the War of the Spanish Succession, p. 52

Scouller, R.E.: The Peninsula in the War of the Spanish Scussession, in Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, Vol. 55, No. 221 (Spring 1977), pp. 35-53

Tunath, Andrew: The British army in Catalonia after the battle of Brihuega, 1710-1712, in Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, Vol. 91, No. 367 (Autumn 2013), pp. 182-205

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

Acknowledgement

Jörg Meier for the initial version of this article

Dr. Adrià Cases Ibanez for making his database of the records of the Santa Creu Hospital available.