Robert Echlin's Dragoons

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised in Inniskilling in July 1689, during the Williamite War (1689-91) by amalgamating troops from units created in 1688. It was initially known as the "Sir Albert Cunningham's Regiment of Dragoons". The regiment joined the English army of the Duke of Schomberg. In January 1690, the new regiment was placed on the establishment of the regular army. During this campaign, it took part in the capture of Belturbet, in the combat of Cavan, in the capture of the Killeshandra Castle and of the Ballinacargy Castle, in the Battle of the Boyne. In 1691, the regiment took part in the capture of Ballymore and Athlone, in the Battle of Aughrim, in the capture of Galway and in the engagement of Sligo. The same year, the regiment was ranked 6th Dragoons.

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

  • from 30 December 1691 to March 1715: Robert Echlin

Service during the War

In 1702, the regiment was still stationed in Ireland.

In the summer of 1706, the regiment was encamped on the Kurragh of Kildare.

In the autumn of 1708, the regiment was sent to England where it was stationed in Yorkshire and Lancashire.

In the early part of 1709, the regiment proceeded to Scotland where it would remain for four years.

In 1713, the regiment returned to England where it was stationed in Cumberland.


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This article incorporates texts of the following source:

  • Cannon, Richard: Historical Record of the Sixth, or Inniskilling Regiment of Dragoon, London: Parker, Furnivall & Parker, 1847