William Pastons's Foot

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Origin and History

This regiment was raised in 1704.

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

  • from 1 March 1704: William, Lord Paston
  • from 28 November 1710 to 1712: Richard Franks

The regiment was disbanded in 1712.

Service during the War

In 1707, the regiment was reduced by one half and sent to Portugal.

On 7 May 1709, the regiment took part in the Battle of La Gudiña.

In 1712, the regiment was disbanded.


In December 1704, a deserter from the regiment is depicted with a double breasted grey coat with black buttons, a yellow waistcoat and yellow breeches. However, a general undress or fatigue coat of grey cloth had been authorised for all arms. Usually these fatigue coats had facings of black or some shade of grey and black buttons. (Sumner, 1934, p. 83). This fatigue coat fits exactly the coat described here.


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Dalton, Charles (ed.): English Army List and Commission Registers Vol. V. p. 11

Linney-Drouet, C.A.: 1692-1799: Extracts from the Notebook of the Late Revd Percy Sumner, In: Journal of the the Society for Army Research, Vol. 78, No. 314 (Summer 2000), pp. 93, 94

Public Record Office Lists and Indexes, Vol. 53, Reprint New York 1963, p. 445, 449

Sumner, Percy: Uniforms and equipment of the cavalry regiments, from 1685 to 1811, In: Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, Vol. 13, No. 50 (Summer 1934)

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


Jörg Meier for the initial version of this article