Spanish (Bourbon) Line Cavalry Organisation

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Introduction

With the accession of the French Bourbon dynasty to the throne of Spain, the Spanish army was gradually reorganised on the pattern of the French Army.

Reorganisation of the cavalry of the Spanish Netherlands

A regulation dated 13 April 1701 reorganised the regiments of cavalry stationed in the Spanish Netherlands on the pattern of the French cavalry:

  • staff
    • 1 coronel (colonel)
    • 1 teniente-coronel (lieutenant-colonel)
    • 1 sargento mayor (sergeant-major)
    • 1 capellan (chaplain)
    • 1 cirurjano (surgeon)
  • 4 squadrons, each of:
    • 4 companies, each consisting of:
      • 1 capitan (captain)
      • 1 teniente (lieutenant)
      • 1 corneta (cornet)
      • 1 mariscal de logis (quartermaster)
      • 1 trompeta (trompeter)
      • 35 caporales (corporals) and soldados (soldiers)

Reorganisation of the entire cavalry

A new regulation was introduced in February 1703 for the entire cavalry. From then on, each regiment of cavalry consisted of:

  • 12 companies, each of
    • 1 capitan (captain)
    • 1 teniente (lieutenant)
    • 1 corneta (cornet)
    • 1 mariscal de logis (quartermaster)
    • 1 trompeta (trompeter)
    • 2 brigadieres (brigadiers)
    • 3 carabineros (carabiniers)
    • 25 soldados (soldiers)

These 12 companies were organised in 3 sqns.

References

Boletin Agrupacion Miniaturistas Militares de España

Arre Caballo

Acknowledgment

Jean-Pierre Loriot for the initial version of this article.