Sunday, September 02, 2012

Lord North & Grey's Regiment

After far too long an interval (3 months!) I recently returned to the painting table to start adding some further battalions to the forces of the Duke of Marlborough..  think it may have been Ray & Fran's twenty questions that caused me to reach for this specific regiment (best general, "Marlborough")...

Grenadiers on the right... I particularly like the regimental standard for this regiment

Either way can I introduce you to the Earl of Bath's regiment of Foot...

This regiment started life as Granville's regiment of Foot, The Earl of Bath's Regiment, and were raised at the time of Monmouth's invasion in 1685 (in the 1751 reforms they were given the title of the 10th Foot, and were later known as the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment as that was where they did most of their recruiting post 1781)

John Granville Earl of Bath's (1628-1701) commission was to raise 11 companies of foot which were to be joined by a Plymouth independent garrison company to form a new regiment in June of that year.

Somewhat presciently (cynical?? moi?? ), in November 1688 the Earl of Bath switched allegiance to William III but despite being immediately relieved of his command by James, was restored to his command by William III barely a month later following the Glorious Revolution..

After that the regiment was in garrison until 1690 (Plymouth and on the Channel Islands)..

In 1691 the regiment sailed to Ostend under the command of Beville Granville (nephew to the Earl of Bath, and grandson of the Beville Granville who had died leading his Cornish regiments up the hill at Landsdown in the English Civil War).

They fought at Steenkerque on 3 August 1692, and in October 1693 Beville Granville was officially appointed as colonel of the regiment.After further action in the low countries the regiment returned home in March 1696.

After another short sojourn in the low countries from May 1697, in order to evade the disbanding act the regiment went to Ireland in July 1698 and stayed on that establishment for three years.

Command - drummer in reverse colours as was typical at the time.. best yellow I've found..  a pleasure to use...

They returned to the low countries in June 1701 - and from then, their record in the was was as follows;
  • In 1702 (the year William III died) it was part of the actions around Nijmegen and was with the main force during the sieges of the Meuse fortresses and the siege of the citadel of Liège.
  • At the start of 1703 Granville became governor of Barbados and the regiment received a new commander, William North, 6th Baron North, 2nd Baron Grey (c. 1673–1734), who was appointed on 15 January 1703. 
  • In May 1703 it participated in the confrontation near Loonaken. It then participated in the siege of Huy in August. 
  • In May 1704 the regiment marched to the Danube where it fought at the Schellenberg
  • At Blenheim it was part of Rowe's Brigade attacking the village of Blindheim; North and Grey lost his right hand during the battle.
  • In 1705 the regiment was in the crossing of the Brabant Lines.
  • In 1706 it was present at Ramillies, and in July it was at the sieges of Oostende and Menin.
  • In March 1708 the regiment embarked for England to prevent the French attempt on Scotland, but at the end of April it was already back in the low countries. Later that year it was at Oudenaarde and was part of the force covering the siege of Lille, and the siege of Gent were their Lieutenant-Colonel (Grove) was captured.
  • In 1709 they were at the siege of Tournay and Malplaquet, before ending the year at the siege of Mons. 
  • In 1710 it was part of the siege of Douay and the siege of Aire.
  • In 1711 it was at the siege of Bouchain. 
  • In 1712 it was part of the force covering the siege of Quesnoy..
At which point the war ended... 
A distinguished record...

Commanded by:
John Granville Earl of Bath20 June 1685 - 8 December 1688
Charles Carney8 December 1688 - 31 December 1688
John Granville Earl of Bath31 December 1688 - 29 October 1693
Sir Beville Granville29 October 1693 - 15 January 1703
William Lord North and Grey15 January 1703 - 1715
Henry Grove23 June 1715


15mm, Black Hat Miniatures

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  1. Nice figures excellently paraded.

  2. Very nice Steve! I painted these lads a while ago, in their earlier uniform of blue coat and red cuffs!

  3. I hadn't seen theses figures before - I have been using Dixons.

    Glad to see your painting has restarted

  4. A splendid unit and I agree about the standard - most unusual!