Vegelin van Claerbergen Infantry

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Origin and History

The regiment was initially raised on 7 March 1671 for Diederik Stecke.

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 7 March 1671: Diederik Stecke
  • from 21 February 1686: Cornelis van Scheltinga
  • from 4 March 1699: Frederik Vegelin van Claerbergen
  • from 2 February 1713 to 1721: Douwe van Sixma

From 1710 to 1713, the regiment was placed under the effective command of Douwe van Sixma

In 1795, the regiment was incorporated into 4e Halvebrigade, 2e Bataljon.

Service during the War

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

By 30 May 1703, the regiment was posted in Yssendick. By 23 June, it formed part of Sparre's Corps in Western Flanders. On 27 June, it took part in the combat of Stekene. On 30 June, it fought in the Battle of Ekeren. At the end of the year, it took up its winter-quarters in Campen.

In 1705, the regiment took up its winter-quarters in Maastricht.

On 23 May 1706, the regiment took part in the Battle of Ramillies, where it was deployed in Bernsdorff's Brigade in the second line of the infantry left wing. From 7 June to 8 July, it took part in the siege of Ostend. From 23 July to 25 August, it took part in the siege of Menin.

In 1708, the regiment formed part of the garrison of Antwerp.

From June to August 1709, the regiment took part in the siege and capture of Tournai. On 11 September, it fought in the Battle of Malplaquet.

From 6 September to 9 November 1710, the regiment took part in the Siege of Aire.

In 1711, the regiment garrisoned Breda.

From July to August 1712, the regiment took part in the unsuccessful Siege of Landrecies.



Uniform circa 1704 - Copyright Kronoskaf
Uniform Details circa 1704 as per de Wilde and Belaubre
Fusilier black felt hat without lace
Grenadier no information found
Neck stock white
Coat grey white with red lining and with tin buttons from top to bottom on the right side
Collar none
Shoulder Straps none
Lapels none
Pockets horizontal pockets, each with 3 tin buttons
Cuffs red, each with 3 tin buttons
Turnbacks none (it seems that the basques of the coat could be turned back if needed but this was a rare practice during this period)
Waistcoat grey white with small tin buttons from top to bottom
Breeches grey white
Stockings medium grey
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt natural leather
Waistbelt natural leather, worn above the coat
Cartridge Pouch natural leather
Bayonet Scabbard natural leather
Scabbard natural leather
Footwear black shoes fastened with a buckle

Armaments consisted of a musket, a bayonet; and a sword.


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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. 557

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