Saksen-Eisenach Infantry

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Origin and History

The regiment was initially raised on 30 June 1633 for Edsard van Emminga.

On the eve of the War of the Spanish Succession, the regiment consisted of one battalion and belonged to the Provinces of Friesland.

Since its creation, the successive colonels of the regiment were:

  • from 30 June 1633: Edsard van Emminga
  • from 10 April 1635: Jaques van Oenema
  • from 7 April 1646: George Frederik Baron van Schwartsenberg en Hohenlansberg
  • from 11 October 1660: George Wolfgang Baron van Schwartsenberg en Hohenlansberg
  • from 11 September 1674: Watzo van Burmania
  • from 24 April 1691: Johan Willem II, Duke of Saksen-Eisenach
  • from 3 January 1713 to 1741: Willem Frederik Hendrik, Prince of Saksen-Eisenach

From 21 February 1710, the regiment was placed under the effective command of Rienk van Burmania.

In 1752, the regiment was incorporated into Regiment Infanterie Willem Lodewijk Prins van Baden-Durlach.

Service during the War

At the end of 1702, it took up its winter-quarters in Flanders.

From 3 to 14 May 1703, the regiment took part in the Siege of Bonn. After the capture of the place, it remained there as garrison.

In 1704, the regiment was still posted in Bonn and counted 850 men.

In 1705, the regiment took part in the campaign in the Low Countries and in the attack against the Lines of Brabant. It took up its winter-quarters in Huy.

In August 1706, the regiment took part in the siege of Menin.

In September and October 1709, the regiment took part in the siege and capture of Mons.

In April and May 1710, the regiment was present at the Siege Douai.


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Belaubre, Jean and Dr. de Wilde, Claus-Peter Golberg: Die Vereinigten Niederlande, Kaltenkirchen, 2001

Tessin, Georg: Die Regimenter der europäischen Staaten im Ancién Regime des XVI. bis XVIII. Jahrhunderts. Teil 1. Die Stammlisten, Osnabrück 1986., p. 551

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


Phil Carrington for his work on the lineage of Dutch regiments

Mathias Kussmann for the initial version of the article