William Earl of Inchiquin's Foot

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Origin and History

This regiment was raised in Ireland in 1704.

During the War of the Spanish Succession, the successive proprietors of the regiment were:

  • from 1 March 1704: William, 3rd Earl of Inchiquin (sold his colonelcy to Edward Stanhope before 1710)
  • from 1 January 1710: Edward Stanhope
  • from 12 December 1711 to 1712: Maurice Nassau

The regiment was disbanded in 1712.

Service during the War

On 27 September 1711, the regiment took part in the Combat of Els Prats del Rei. In December, the Allies sent a relief force under the Austrian FML Baron Battée to the besieged stronghold of Cardona. This force included a British contingent (approx. 475 men, mostly from Nassau's Foot) led by Edward Stanhope. On 21 December, Battée ordered Stanhope to take a hill close to the castle. The two first assaults were repulsed by the defending Spanish. Finally, Stanhope managed to dislodge the Regimiento La Corona at the point of the bayonet, but he was mortally wounded during fighting.

By the end of March 1712, the regiment was stationed in Catalonia. In July it campaigned in Spain. Later the same year, it was disbanded.


Uniform in 1708 - Copyright Kronoskaf

In February 1708, a requisition for the uniforms of the officers of the regiment specifies: 195 yards of scarlet cloth, 500 yards of yellow shagreen silk, 24 yards of yellow velvet, 364 oz. of silver lace, 20 oz. of silver thread, 90 dozens of silver buttons for coats, and 124 silver breast-buttons. So we might assume the uniform of the regiment was scarlet with yellow facings and white buttons.


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Dalton, Charles (ed.): English Army List and Commission Registers

  • Vol. V. p. 245
  • Vol. VI. p. 240

Sumner, Percy: Notes on Regimental Uniforms, from the Irish treasury papers, 1713 to 1782, In:. Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, Vol. 14, No.56 (Winter 1935). p. 220

Tunath, Andrew: The British army in Catalonia after the battle of Brihuega, 1710-1712, in Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, Vol. 91, No. 367 (Autumn 2013), pp. 182-205


Jörg Meier for the initial version of this article