Thomas Pearce'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: Thomas Pearce
  • from 5 February 1704: John Caulfield
  • from. 14 July 1705 to 1711: Phineas Bowles

The regiment was disbanded in 1711.

Service during the War

In June 1705, the regiment was part of the amphibious force which was sent to Lisbon, in preparation for the expedition against Barcelona. From August to October, it took part in the siege and capture of Barcelona.

At the beginning of 1707, the regiment was in Gibraltar. It was relieved by Watkins and moved to Valencia. On 25 April, it took part in the Battle of Almansa, where it was deployed in the second line as part of Bretton's Brigade. The regiment suffered heavy losses and had to be re-formed after the battle.

On 27 July 1710, the regiment took part in the Battle of Almenar, where it was deployed in Wade’s Brigade in the first line. On 20 August, it fought in the Battle of Saragossa, where it was deployed in Lussy's Brigade in the first line. On 8 December, it was present at the Combat of Brihuega where it was taken prisoner.

The regiment was disbanded in 1711.

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References

Dalton, Charles (ed.): English Army List and Commission Registers Vol. V. pp. 10, 244

Public Record Office Lists and Indexes, Vol. 53, Reprint New York 1963, p. 442

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

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