William Viscount Mountjoy's Foot

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Origin and History

This regiment was raised on 28 June 1701 to be employed in the Kingdom of Ireland.

On 1 March 1702, two additional companies were raised.

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

  • from 28 June 1701 to 1713: William Viscount Mountjoy

The regiment was disbanded in 1713.

Service during the War

By the end of June 1702, the regiment was at sea with a contingent destined to the Low Countries.

On 8 March 1704, the regiment landed at Lisbon. For the campaign of in Portugal, it formed part of Schomberg's Division posted to the south of the Tagus.

At the beginning of August 1705 at Gibraltar, the regiment embarked about an Allied fleet destined to an expedition to conquer Catalonia. From August to October, the regiment took part in the siege and capture of Barcelona.

In January 1706, the regiment was part of Killigrew's detachment, which was sent by Peterborough to reinforce Archduke Charles. This detachment marched from Tortosa and crossed the Ebro. On 8 August, the regiment took part in the storming of the city of Alicante.

On 25 April 1707, the regiment took part in the Battle of Almansa where it was deployed in Wade's Brigade, in the first line of the left wing. Many of its officers and men were taken prisoners. After the battle, the regiment was re-established.

In 1713, the regiment was disbanded.

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References

Dalton, Charles (ed.): English Army List and Commission Registers Vol. IV. p. 259

Public Record Office Lists and Indexes, Vol. 53, Reprint New York 1963, p. 448

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