Roger Townsend's Foot

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Origin and History

This regiment was raised on 12 April 1706.

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

  • from 12 April 1706: Roger Townsend
  • from 27 May 1709: Philip Honywood
  • from 8 December 1710 to 1712: Jasper Clayton

The regiment was disbanded in 1712.

Service during the War

In April and May 1710, the regiment took part in the siege and capture of Douai, where it suffered severe losses.

In 1711, the regiment took part in the expedition against Québec. The expeditionary force consisted of some 5,000 men. On arriving in North America the fleet called at Boston for a supply of provisions. The force then landed and encamped a short time on Rhode Island. On 20 July, troops re-embarked, having been joined by two regiments of provincial militia commanded by Colonels Walton and Vetch. On 30 July, the expeditionary force sailed from Boston for the Saint-Laurent River. On 21 August, the expedition finally reached the river where it encountered storms. The fleet being furnished with bad pilots, eight transports, a store-ship and a sloop were lost by shipwreck, and 29 officers, 676 soldiers and 35 women of the expedition perished. There was also a scarcity of provisions. It was therefore determined in a council of war, that further operations should be abandoned.

In 1712, the regiment was disbanded.


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

  • Vol. V. pp. 11
  • Vol. VI. p. 174, 246

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


Jörg Meier for the initial version of this article