Walter Philip Colyear Infantry

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Origin and History

This regiment was raised in Scotland in 1674 by Alexander Colyear for the Dutch service.

From 1689, during the Nine Years' War (1688-97), the regiment was transferred to the English service.

In 1697, the regiment returned to the Dutch service.

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

  • from 1675: Alexander Colyear
  • from 1680: James Douglas
  • from 1685: John Wanchope
  • from 1688: George Ramsay of Carriden
  • from 1697 to 1747: Walter Philip Count of Colyear

In 1795, the regiment was incorporated into the 6e Halvebrigade as its second battalion.

Service during the War

In December 1702, the regiment garrisoned at Berg-op-Zoom.

By 24 June 1703, the regiment formed part of Obdam's Corps, operating in Western Flanders.

On 30 June 1703, the regiment took part in the Battle of Ekeren. In December, it took up its winter-quarters in Liège.

By 27 May 1704, the regiment was part of the corps that Field-Marshal Nassau-Ouwerkerk had assembled near Houtain.

In February 1706, the regiment was stationed in Maastricht. On 23 May, it took part in the Battle of Ramillies, where it was deployed in Argyll's Brigade in the first line of the infantry left wing. In August, the regiment took part in the Siege of Menin.

On 11 July 1708, the regiment fought in the Battle of Oudenarde, where it formed part of Major-General Murray's Scots Brigade.

In 1711, the regiment garrisoned at Liège.

At the end of June 1712, after the departure of the British Contingent, the regiment joined the Allied army of Prince Eugène.


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Ferguson, James (ed.): Papers Illustrating the History of the Scots Brigade in the service of the United Netherlands, 1572-1782, Edinburgh 1899, vol. 2, p. 9

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


Jörg Meier for the initial version of this article

Phil Carrington for his work on the lineage of Dutch regiments