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    Icon3 British Army Regiment Names

    Hey guys,

    I have put together a list of (roughly) accurate British Army Regiments from the period of the Napoleonic Wars and thought I'd post it here to share.

    Cheers!

    EDIT: Updated the list and changed the format slightly using colours. The updated list is thanks entirely to the input of Prince Essling (see his posts below) so don't forget to +rep him for it!
    EDIT 2: Another shout out to Didz for providing some more info, particularly on the Scottish regiments. I feel like I'm just trying to collate the information, the rest of you guys are doing all the hard work! Keep it coming and a big cheers to ya!


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    UNIT COLOUR GUIDE
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    INFANTRY
    Light Foot
    Rifles
    Line
    Highland Line
    Guards


    CAVALRY
    Light Dragoons
    Dragoons
    Dragoon Guards
    Guards


    Artillery

    King's German Legion


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    BRITISH ARMY REGIMENTS - (NAPOLEONIC ERA)
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    HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY

    1st Regiment of Life Guards
    2nd Regiment of Life Guards
    Royal Horse Guards



    CAVALRY OF THE LINE

    HEAVY CAVALRY
    1st (King's) Dragoon Guards
    2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays)
    3rd (Prince of Wales') Dragoon Guards
    4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards
    5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales') Dragoon Guards
    6th Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers)
    7th (The Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards

    1st (Royal) Regiment of Dragoons
    2nd (The Royal North British) Regiment of Dragoons
    - Special Unit "The Scots Greys"
    3rd (The King's Own) Regiment of Dragoons
    4th (Queen's Own) Regiment of Dragoons

    5th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons
    - (disbanded in 1799 for “treachery”)
    6th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Dragoons

    LIGHT CAVALRY
    7th (The Queen's Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    - (designated as Hussars in 1807)
    8th (The King's Royal Irish) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons - (designated as Hussars in 1822)
    9th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons - (designated as Lancers in 1816 and given title of "Queen's Royal" in 1830)
    10th (Prince of Wales' Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars) - Special Unit "10th Hussars"
    11th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    12th (Prince of Wales') Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    - (armed as Lancers in 1812)
    13th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    14th (The Duchess of York's Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons

    15th (The King's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars)
    - Special Unit "15th Hussars"
    16th (The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons - (designated as Lancers in 1816)
    17th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons - (designated as Lancers in 1822)
    18th (King's Irish) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars) - (designated as Hussars in 1807)
    19th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    20th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    21st Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    22nd Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    23rd Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    24th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    25th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    26th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    - (disbanded 1812)
    27th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons - (disbanded 1812)
    28th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons - (disbanded 1812)
    29th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons - (disbanded 1812)



    SUPPORT ARMS

    1st Battalion / Royal Regiment of Artillery - 10 companies
    2nd Battalion / Royal Regiment of Artillery - 10 companies
    3rd Battalion / Royal Regiment of Artillery - 10 companies
    4th Battalion / Royal Regiment of Artillery - 10 companies
    5th Battalion / Royal Regiment of Artillery - 10 companies
    6th Battalion / Royal Regiment of Artillery - 10 companies
    7th Battalion / Royal Regiment of Artillery - 10 companies
    8th Battalion / Royal Regiment of Artillery - 10 companies
    9th Battalion / Royal Regiment of Artillery - 10 companies
    10th Battalion / Royal Regiment of Artillery - 10 companies
    A Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    B Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    C Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    D Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    E Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    F Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    G Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    H Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    I Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    K Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    L Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    M Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    1st Rocket Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    2nd Rocket Troop / Royal Horse Artillery



    INFANTRY

    FOOT GUARDS
    1st Regiment of Foot Guards - 3 battalions (awarded title of Grenadiers in 1815)
    Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards - 2 battalions
    3rd Regiment of Foot Guards - 2 battalions (title of “Scots” restored in 1830)


    LINE INFANTRY
    1st (Royal) Regiment of Foot - 4 battalions (renamed 1st Regiment of Foot (Royal Scots) in 1812)
    2nd (The Queen's Royal) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    3rd (East Kent) Regiment of Foot (The Buffs) - 2 battalions
    4th (The King's Own) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    5th (Northumberland) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    6th (1st Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    7th (Royal Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    8th (The King's) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    9th (East Norfolk) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    10th (North Lincoln) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    11th (North Devonshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    12th (East Suffolk) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    13th (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot – 1 battalion
    14th (Buckinghamshire) Regiment of Foot - 3 battalions
    15th (Yorkshire, East Riding) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    16th (Bedfordshire) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    17th (Leicestershire) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    18th (The Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    20th (East Devonshire) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    21st (Royal North British Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    22nd (Cheshire) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    23rd (Royal Welch Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    25th (King's Own Borderers) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    26th (Cameronian) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot - 3 battalions
    28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    30th (Cambridgeshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    33rd (1st Yorkshire, West Riding) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    34th (Cumberland) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    35th (Sussex) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    37th (North Hampshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    38th (1st Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    39th (Dorsetshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    41st Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions (formerly the 41st (Royal Invalids) Regiment of Foot, later the 41st (Welch) Regiment of Foot in 1831)
    42nd (The Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot (The Black Watch) - 2 battalions - Special Unit "The Black Watch"
    43rd (Monmouthshire Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    44th (East Essex) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    45th (1st Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    46th (South Devonshire) Regiment of Foot – 1 battalion
    47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    48th (Northamptonshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    49th (Hertfordshire) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    50th (West Kent) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    51st (2nd Yorkshire, West Riding, Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    52nd (Oxfordshire Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    53rd (Shropshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    54th (West Norfolk) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    55th (Westmorland) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    56th (West Essex) Regiment of Foot - 3 battalions
    57th (West Middlesex) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot - 10 battalions (but 9th & 10th were embryonic)
    - 5th Battalion / 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot
    - 8th Battalion / 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot - (2 companies were rifle armed)
    61st (South Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    64th (2nd Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    65th (2nd Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    67th (South Hampshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    68th (Durham Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    69th (South Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    70th (Glasgow Lowland) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion - became (Surrey) in 1812
    71st (Highland Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions - formerly 1st bn 73rd (Highland) Regiment
    72nd (Highland) Regiment of Foot (Seaforth's Highlanders) - 2 battalions (formerly the 78th Highland Regiment, redesignated as lowland in 1809, no longer wore highland dress)
    73rd (Highland) Regiment of Foot (MacLeod's Highlanders) - 2 battalions (1st bn became 71st (Highland) Regiment in 1786, 2nd was bn disbanded)
    74th (Highland) Regiment of Foot (Campbell's Highlanders) - 1 battalion
    75th (Highland) Regiment of Foot (Abercromby's Highlanders) - 1 battalion
    76th (Highland) Regiment of Foot (Macdonald's Highlanders) - 1 battalion (disbanded in 1784, number re-used by the Honourable East India company in 1787)
    77th (East Middlesex) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    78th (Highland) Regiment of Foot (The Ross-shire Buffs) - 2 battalions (renumbered as 72nd (Highland) Regiment in 1784, re-raised in 1795 merged again with the 72nd in 1881)
    79th (Highland) Regiment of Foot (Cameron Highlanders) - 2 battalions (raised 1793)
    80th (Staffordshire Volunteers) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    81st (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    82nd (The Prince of Wales' Volunteers) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    83rd (County of Dublin) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    84th (York and Lancaster) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    85th (Bucks Volunteers Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions (formerly the 86th (Shropshire Volunteers) in 1793 and the 86th (Leinster) Regiment of Foot in 1806)
    87th (The Prince of Wales' Own Irish) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    88th (Connaught Rangers) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions - Special Unit
    89th Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    90th (Perthshire Volunteers) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    91st (Highland) Regiment of Foot (Argyllshire Highlanders) - 2 battalions (formerly the 98th, redesignated in 1796)
    92nd (Highland) Regiment of Foot (Gordon Highlanders) - 2 battalions (formerly the 100th, redesignated in 1798)
    93rd (Highland) Regiment of Foot (Sutherland Highlanders) - 2 battalions (formerly 'The Sutherland Fencibles' and raised from selected men of those who still wished to serve when the last two fencible regiments were disbanded in 1793)
    94th (Scotch Brigade) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    95th Regiment of Foot (Riflemen)
    - 1st Battalion / 95th Regiment of Foot (Riflemen)
    - 2nd Battalion / 95th Regiment of Foot (Riflemen)
    - 3rd Battalion / 95th Regiment of Foot (Riflemen)
    - 4th Battalion / 95th Regiment of Foot (Riflemen)
    - 5th Battalion / 95th Regiment of Foot (Riflemen)
    96th Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    97th (Queen’s Own Germans) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    98th Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    99th (Prince of Wales’ Tipperary) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    100th (Prince Regent’s County of Dublin) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    101st (Duke of York’s Irish) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    102nd Regiment of Foot (New South Wales Corps) - 1 battalion
    103rd Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion (formed from the 9th Garrison Battalion)
    104th Regiment of Foot (New Brunswick Regiment) - 1 battalion (created from New Brunswick Fencible Infantry)



    KING'S GERMAN LEGION

    CAVALRY
    1st Regiment of Dragoons - (converted to Light Dragoons in 1812/13?)
    2nd Regiment of Dragoons - (converted to Light Dragoons in 1812/13?)
    1st Regiment of (Light) Dragoons - (converted to Hussars in 1812/13?, but referred to as Hussars as early as late 1808!)
    2nd Regiment of (Light) Dragoons - (converted to Hussars in 1812/13?, but referred to as Hussars as early as late 1808!)
    3rd Regiment of (Light) Dragoons - (converted to Hussars in 1812/13?, but referred to as Hussars as early as late 1808!)


    INFANTRY
    1st Light Infantry Battalion - (rifle armed)
    2nd Light Infantry Battalion - (rifle armed)
    1st Line Battalion
    2nd Line Battalion
    3rd Line Battalion
    4th Line Battalion

    (KGL Line eventually grew to 8 line battalions)
    Last edited by Matsky; September 29, 2010 at 09:38 PM.

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    Default Re: British Army Regiment Names

    This section I've reserved to include the above regiment names much butchered and shortened so that they'll fit into the games 32-character limit for regiment names.

    If you can correct any of these so that they'll look more authentically shortened, please do so! I've put the spoiler tag on them so you don't have a massively long page to scroll through.

    Spoiler Alert, click show to read: 
    HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY
    1st Regiment of Life Guards
    2nd Regiment of Life Guards
    Royal Horse Guards

    HEAVY CAVALRY
    1st King's Dragoons
    2nd Queen's Bays Dragoons
    3rd Prince of Wales' Dragoons
    4th Royal Irish Dragoons
    5th Princess of Wales' Dragoons
    6th Dragoons (The Carabiniers)
    7th Princess Royal's Dragoons
    1st Royal Dragoons
    2nd Royal North British Dragoons
    3rd The King's Own Dragoons
    4th The Queen's Own Dragoons
    6th Inniskilling Dragoons

    LIGHT CAVALRY
    7th Queen's Own Dragoons
    8th King's Royal Irish Dragoons
    9th Dragoons
    10th Prince of Wales' Hussars
    11th Dragoons
    12th Prince of Wales' Dragoons
    13th Dragoons
    14th Duchess of York's Dragoons
    15th King's Hussars
    16th Queen's Dragoons
    17th Dragoons
    18th King's Irish Dragoons
    19th Dragoons
    20th Dragoons
    21st Dragoons
    22nd Dragoons
    23rd Dragoons
    24th Dragoons
    25th Dragoons
    26th Dragoons
    27th Dragoons
    28th Dragoons
    29th Dragoons

    SUPPORT ARMS
    1st Battalion / Royal Artillery
    2nd Battalion / Royal Artillery
    3rd Battalion / Royal Artillery
    4th Battalion / Royal Artillery
    5th Battalion / Royal Artillery
    6th Battalion / Royal Artillery
    7th Battalion / Royal Artillery
    8th Battalion / Royal Artillery
    9th Battalion / Royal Artillery
    10th Battalion / Royal Artillery
    A Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    B Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    C Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    D Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    E Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    F Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    G Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    H Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    I Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    K Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    L Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    M Troop / Royal Horse Artillery
    1st Rocket Troop / R.H.A.
    2nd Rocket Troop / R.H.A.

    INFANTRY

    FOOT GUARDS
    1st Regiment of Foot Guards
    Coldstream Regt. of Foot Guards
    3rd Regiment of Foot Guards

    LINE INFANTRY
    1st Royal Regiment
    2nd Queen's Royal Regiment
    3rd East Kent/The Buffs Regiment
    4th King's Own Regiment
    5th Northumberland Regiment
    6th 1st Warwickshire Regiment
    7th Royal Fusiliers Regiment
    8th King's Regiment
    9th East Norfolk Regiment
    10th North Lincoln Regiment
    11th North Devonshire Regiment
    12th East Suffolk Regiment
    13th 1st Somersetshire Regiment
    14th Buckinghamshire Regiment
    15th Yorkshire East Regiment
    16th Bedfordshire Regiment
    17th Leicestershire Regiment
    18th Royal Irish Regiment
    19th 1st Yorkshire North Regt.
    20th East Devonshire Regiment
    21st Royal North British Regt.
    22nd Cheshire Regiment
    23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers
    24th 2nd Warwickshire Regiment
    25th King's Own Borderers
    26th Cameronian Regiment
    27th Inniskilling Regiment
    28th North Gloucestershire Regt.
    29th Worcestershire Regiment
    30th Cambridgeshire Regiment
    31st Huntingdonshire Regiment
    32nd Cornwall Regiment
    33rd 1st Yorkshire West Regiment
    34th Cumberland Regiment
    35th Sussex Regiment
    36th Herefordshire Regiment
    37th North Hampshire Regiment
    38th 1st Staffordshire Regiment
    39th Dorsetshire Regiment
    40th 2nd Somersetshire Regiment
    41st Regiment
    42nd Royal Highland Regiment
    43rd Monmouthshire Regiment
    44th East Essex Regiment
    45th 1st Nottinghamshire Regt.
    46th South Devonshire Regiment
    47th Lancashire Regiment
    48th Northamptonshire Regiment
    49th Hertfordshire Regiment
    50th West Kent Regiment
    51st 2nd Yorkshire West Regiment
    52nd Oxfordshire Regiment
    53rd Shropshire Regiment
    54th West Norfolk Regiment
    55th Westmorland Regiment
    56th West Essex Regiment
    57th West Middlesex Regiment
    58th Rutlandshire Regiment
    59th 2nd Nottinghamshire Regt.
    60th Royal American Regiment
    - 5th/60th Royal American Regiment
    - 8th/60th Royal American Regiment
    61st South Gloucestershire Regt.
    62nd Wiltshire Regiment
    63rd West Suffolk Regiment
    64th 2nd Staffordshire Regiment
    65th 2nd Yorkshire North Regiment
    66th Berkshire Regiment
    67th South Hampshire Regiment
    68th Durham Regiment
    69th South Lincolnshire Regiment
    70th Glasgow Lowland Regiment
    71st Highland Regiment
    72nd Seaforth's Highlanders
    73rd MacLeod's Highlanders
    74th Campbell's Highlanders
    75th Abercromby's Highlanders
    76th Macdonald's Highlanders
    77th East Middlesex Regiment
    78th Ross-shire Buffs Regiment
    79th Cameron Highlanders
    80th Staffordshire Volunteers
    81st Loyal Lincoln Volunteers
    82nd Prince of Wales' Volunteers
    83rd County of Dublin Regiment
    84th York and Lancaster Regiment
    85th Bucks Volunteers Regiment
    86th Royal County Down Regiment
    87th Prince's Irish Regiment
    88th Connaught Rangers Regiment
    89th Regiment
    90th Perthshire Volunteers Regt.
    91st Argyllshire Highlanders
    92nd Gordon Highlanders
    93rd Sutherland Highlanders
    94th Scotch Brigade Regiment
    95th Riflemen Regiment
    - 1st/95th Riflemen Regiment
    - 2nd/95th Riflemen Regiment
    - 3rd/95th Riflemen Regiment
    - 4th/95th Riflemen Regiment
    - 5th/95th Riflemen Regiment
    96th Regiment
    97th Queen’s Germans Regiment
    98th Regiment
    99th Prince’s Tipperary Regiment
    100th Prince’s Dublin Regiment
    101st Duke of York’s Irish Regt.
    102nd New South Wales Regiment
    103rd Regiment
    104th New Brunswick Regiment

    KING'S GERMAN LEGION

    CAVALRY
    1st Regiment of Dragoons
    2nd Regiment of Dragoons
    1st Regiment of Light Dragoons
    2nd Regiment of Light Dragoons
    3rd Regiment of Light Dragoons

    INFANTRY
    1st Light Infantry Battalion
    2nd Light Infantry Battalion
    1st Line Battalion
    2nd Line Battalion
    3rd Line Battalion
    4th Line Battalion
    Last edited by Matsky; September 29, 2010 at 09:39 PM.

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    Default Re: British Army Regiment Names

    Excellent list thank you.

    Just remember that some regiments did not hold regional titles until after the Napoleonic period. For example, the 41st Regiment of Foot did not become the Welch Regiment until 1881. So during the Napoleonic period it was simply the 41st Regiment of Foot.

    But great work, have some rep!

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    Default Re: British Army Regiment Names

    Good work +rep - I have amended your list taking out names where appropriate, moving regiments around, adding in number of battalions etc (I haven't looked at the artillery) - have used Knotel "Uniforms of the World"; Partridge & Oliver "Napoleonic Army Handbook"; Featherstone "Campaigning with Wellington", Pivka "Armies of the Napoleonic Wars" ,Haythornthwaite "Napoleonic Source Book" & Nafziger's OoBs.

    HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY

    LIFE GUARDS (LIMIT 2)
    1st Life Guards
    2nd Life Guards

    HORSE GUARDS (LIMIT 1)
    1st Royal Horse Guards
    2nd Royal Horse Guards}
    3rd Royal Horse Guards} Delete as there was only 1 regiment
    4th Royal Horse Guards}

    CAVALRY

    GUARDS (LIMIT 7)
    1st (King's) Dragoon Guards
    2nd (Queen's Bays) Dragoon Guards
    3rd (Prince of Wales') Dragoon Guards
    4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards
    5th (Princess Charlotte's) Dragoon Guards
    6th (Carabiniers) Dragoon Guards
    7th (Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards

    HEAVY CAVALRY
    1st (Royal) Regiment of Dragoons
    2nd (Royal Scots Greys) Regiment of Dragoons - Special Unit
    3rd (The King's Own) Regiment of Dragoons
    4th (Queen's Own) Regiment of Dragoons
    5th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons – delete as disbanded in 1799 for “treachery”
    6th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Dragoons

    LIGHT CAVALRY
    7th (Queen's Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    8th (King's Royal Irish) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    9th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    10th (Prince of Wales' Own) (Light) Dragoons (Hussars) - Special Unit
    11th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    12th (Prince of Wales') Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    13th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    14th (Duchess of York's Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    15th (King's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars)
    16th (Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    17th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    18th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars)
    19th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    20th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    21st Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    22nd regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    23rd Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    24th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    25th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    26th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons – disbanded 1812
    27th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons - disbanded 1812
    28th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons - disbanded 1812
    29th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons - disbanded 1812

    INFANTRY

    LIGHT FOOT
    13th (1st Somersetshire Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot – moved to line as was not light infantry
    43rd (Monmouthshire Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    51st (2nd Yorkshire, West Riding, Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    52nd (Oxfordshire Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    68th (Durham Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    71st (Highland Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    85th (Bucks Volunteers Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    90th (Perthshire Volunteers) Regiment of Foot - moved to Highland as not light infantry

    RIFLES (LIMIT 7)
    88th (Connaught Rangers) Regiment of Foot - Special Unit – moved to line as not rifle armed
    1st Battalion / 95th (Rifle) Regiment of Foot
    2nd Battalion / 95th (Rifle) Regiment of Foot
    3rd Battalion / 95th (Rifle) Regiment of Foot
    4th Battalion / 95th (Rifle) Regiment of Foot
    5th Battalion / 95th (Rifle) Regiment of Foot
    5th battalion / 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot
    8th battalion / 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot (2 companies were rifle armed)

    FOOT
    1st (Royal Scots) Regiment of Foot - 4 battalions
    2nd (Queen's Royal) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    3rd (East Kent or The Buffs) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    4th (King's Own) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    5th (Northumberland) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    6th (1st Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    7th (Royal Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    8th (King's) Regiment of Foot- 2 battalions
    9th (East Norfolk) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    10th (North Lincoln) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    11th (North Devonshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    12th (East Suffolk) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    13th (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot – moved from light infantry - 1 battalion
    14th (Buckinghamshire Bedfordshire) Regiment of Foot - 3 battalions
    15th (Yorkshire, East Riding) Regiment of Foot- 2 battalions
    16th (Bedfordshire) Regiment of Foot- 1 battalion
    17th (Leicestershire) Regiment of Foot- 1 battalion
    18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot- 2 battalions
    19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of Foot- 1 battalion
    20th (East Devonshire) Regiment of Foot- 1 battalion
    21st (Royal North British Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot- 2 battalions
    22nd (Cheshire) Regiment of Foot- 1 battalion
    23rd (Royal Welch Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot- 2 battalions
    24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot- 2 battalions
    25th (King's Own Borderers) Regiment of Foot- 2 battalions
    26th (Cameronians) Regiment of Foot – moved to Highland - 2 battalions
    27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot - 3 battalions
    28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot- 1 battalion
    30th (Cambridgeshire) Regiment of Foot- 2 battalions
    31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    33rd (1st Yorkshire, West Riding) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    34th (Cumberland) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    35th (Sussex) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    37th (North Hampshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    38th (1st Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    39th (Dorsetshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    41st Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    44th (East Sussex) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    45th (1st Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    46th (South Devonshire) Regiment of Foot – 1 battalion
    47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    48th (Northamptonshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    49th (Hertfordshire) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    50th (West Kent) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    53rd (Shropshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    54th (West Norfolk) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    55th (Westmoreland) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    56th (West Essex) Regiment of Foot - 3 battalions
    57th (West Middlesex) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot – also included in Rifles section -10 battalions (but 9th & 10th were embryonic)
    61st (South Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    64th (2nd Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    65th (2nd Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    67th (South Hampshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    69th (South Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    70th (Surrey) Regiment of Foot – included in Highland units as only became “Surrey” in 1812
    76th Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    77th (East Middlesex) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    80th (Staffordshire Volunteers) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    81st Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    82nd (Prince of Wales' Volunteers) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    83rd Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    84th (York and Lancaster) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    87th (Prince of Wales's Own Irish) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    88th (Connaught Rangers) Regiment of Foot - Special Unit- 2 battalions
    89th Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    96th Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    97th (Queen’s Germans) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    98th Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    99th (Prince of Wales’ Tipperary) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    100th (Prince Regent’s County of Dublin) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    101st (Duke of York’s Irish) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    102nd Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    103rd Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    104th Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion



    HIGHLAND FOOT (LIMIT 10)
    26th (Cameronians) Regiment of Foot – moved from line - 2 battalions
    42nd (The Royal Highland or Black Watch) Regiment of Foot - Special Unit- 2 battalions
    70th (Glasgow Lowland) Regiment of Foot – note became (Surrey) in 1812- 1 battalion
    72nd (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    73rd (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    74th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    75th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    76th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot – was the Hindoostan Regiment 1807-12 - 1 battalion
    78th (Ross-shire Buffs) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    79th (Cameron Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    90th (Perthshire Volunteers) Regiment of Foot - moved from light infantry - 2 battalions
    91st (Argyllshire Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    92nd (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    93rd (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions

    FOOT GUARDS (LIMIT 4)
    1st Foot Guards - 3 battalions (Awarded title of Grenadiers in 1815)
    2nd Foot Guards (Coldstream) - 2 battalions
    3rd Foot Guards - 2 battalions -(Title of “Scots” restored in 1830)

    KING'S GERMAN LEGION

    HEAVY CAVALRY (LIMIT 2 converted to Light Dragoons in 1812/13?)
    1st Regiment of Dragoons
    2nd Regiment of Dragoons

    LIGHT CAVALRY (LIMIT 3 converted to Hussars in 1812/13?, but referred to as Hussars as early as late 1808!)
    1st Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    2nd Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
    3rd Regiment of (Light) Dragoons

    LIGHT FOOT (LIMIT 2 - rifle armed)
    1st Light Infantry Battalion
    2nd Light Infantry Battalion

    FOOT (LIMIT 4)
    1st Line Battalion
    2nd Line Battalion
    3rd Line Battalion
    4th Line Battalion
    (KGL Line eventually grew to 8 line battalions)
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    British Horse Artillery was organised into "Troops" lettered consecutively A to M (minus J) - see http://www.napoleon-series.org/milit...Companies.html

    You might find the nicknames of British Units of interest - http://www.napoleon-series.org/index.html

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    Thats good work too Essling, have some rep too!!

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    Essling thanks greatly for your corrections and info! I want to get it as close as I can so this is fantastic. I'm at work right now so just having a bit of a read through. Can't wait to get my campaign going this weekend.

    Edit: Most of the credit should go to you for this from now on mate. One thing, the 95th Rifles - I split them into battalions just to make up the number of units you're allowed in game. So far I can only find mention of 2 battalions of 95th written as 1st/95th Rifles and 2nd/95th Rifles so I will amend that too on my list. Thinking of a better way to lay out the list so it's easy to read too. Cheers again!

    Double Edit: Are you sure I got the names right for the regiments after the 95th? I got a little confused as they were renamed when the 95th became simply the Rifle Brigade and the numbering got shuffled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matsky View Post
    One thing, the 95th Rifles - I split them into battalions just to make up the number of units you're allowed in game. So far I can only find mention of 2 battalions of 95th written as 1st/95th Rifles and 2nd/95th Rifles so I will amend that too on my list. Thinking of a better way to lay out the list so it's easy to read too. Cheers again!

    Double Edit: Are you sure I got the names right for the regiments after the 95th? I got a little confused as they were renamed when the 95th became simply the Rifle Brigade and the numbering got shuffled.
    I amended your list of battalions of the 95th to show those that were inexistence/served, & added the 2 battalions of the 60th foot to those that used rifles.

    As to Units beyond 95th, I have rechecked with my sources & am content the list as amended is correct for the Napoleonic period.

    Turning to layout - it would be good to turn it into a set of tables but I cannot see a way to do that in this forum (I have in the past tried importing tables from word but they get well and truly scrambled).

    Turning to British Foot Artillery (see page 28 of Partridge & Oliver "Napoleonic Army Handbook")
    1 Regiment of 10 battalions each with 10 companies. Once a foot company was selected for service it was married up with a brigade of guns & howitzers, and it became known as a brigade. I have been unable to find any numbering system for the brigades - it would appear that the brigades were called after their commanding officer e.g. Sandham's, Bolton's etc (can anyone shed anymore light on this? - see post 21 for correction).

    Will add list of garrison, veteran & foreign battalions etc later today.
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    Nice research and appreciate you posting this up.
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    Using the same sources as previously quoted plus Osprey MAA :
    There were 8 Garrison battalions (6 from 1810), 13 Veteran battalions (13th created in 1813); and 8 West India Regiments (each battalion strength).

    British Colonial and Foreign Corps' (this may not be all of them)
    de Meuron Regiment
    de Roll Regiment
    Watteville Regiment
    Minorca Regiment - this was taken into the line as the 97th (Queen's Germans)
    Dillon's Regiment
    Chasseur Brittaniques
    Royal West India Rangers
    Bourbon Regiment
    Royal Corsican Rangers
    Royal Malta Regiment
    Royal York (Light Infantry) Volunteers
    Calabrian Free Corps
    Sicilian Regiment
    Royal York Rangers
    Cape Regiment
    Royal Africa Corps
    Froberg's Regiment - disbanded June 1807
    1st (Duke of York's) Greek Light Infantry
    2nd Greek light Infantry Regiment (June 1813 - October 1814)
    Italian Levy (3 infantry regiments)
    Ceylon Infantry Regiments (1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th)
    Ceylon Light Dragoons
    Corps of Amboynese
    Nova Scotia Fencibles
    Newfoundland Fencibles
    New Brunswick Fencibles
    Canadian Fencibles
    Manx Fencibles
    Glengarry Fencibles
    1st Foreign Veteran Battalion
    2nd Foreign Veteran Battalion
    Brunswick Oels Hussars
    Brunswick Oels Infantry
    plus of course the KGL
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    Set out below is a list of Militia Units (compiled from Nafziger's OoBs 1805 - 1815 Establishment of the British Army) - figure in brackets indicates number of battalions/companies etc

    English Embodied Militia
    Anglesea (l)
    Bedford (l)
    Berks (l)
    Buckingham (l)
    Cambridge (l)
    Cardigan (l)
    Carmarthen (l)
    Carnarvon (l)
    Chester (l)
    Cornwall (l)
    Cumberland (l)
    Denbigh (l)
    Derby (l)
    Devon (3)
    Dorset (l)
    Durham (l)
    Essex (2)
    Flint (l)
    Glamorgan (l)
    Gloucester (2)
    Herford (l)
    Hertford (l)
    Huntingdon (l)
    Kent (2)
    Lancaster (3)
    Leicester (l)
    Lincoln (2)
    London (2)
    Merioneth (l)
    Middlesex (3)
    Monmouth & Brecon (l)
    Montgomery (l)
    Norfolk (2)
    Northampton (l)
    Northumberland (l)
    Nottingham (l)
    Oxford (l)
    Pembroke (l)
    Radnor (l)
    Rutland (l)
    Salop (l)
    Somerset (2)
    Southampton (3)
    Stafford (l)
    Suffolk (2)
    Surrey (2)
    Sussex (l)
    Tower Hamlets (2)
    Warwick (l)
    Westmorland (l)
    Wilts (l)
    Worchester (l)
    York, West Riding (3)
    York, North Riding (l)
    York, East Riding (l)
    Cornwall & Devon Miners (l)

    Scottish Embodied Militia
    Aberdeen (l)
    Argylle & Bute (l)
    Ayr (l)
    Berwick, Haddington, Linlithgow & Peebles (l)
    Dumfries, Roxburgh & Selkirk (l)
    Edinburgh County & City (l)
    Fise (l) - Fife?
    Forsar & Kincardine (l)
    Inverness, Banff,Elgin & Naira (l)
    Kirkcudbright & Wington (l)
    Lanark (l)
    Perth (l)
    Renfrew (l)
    Ross, Caithness, Sutherland & Cromarty (l)
    Stirling, Dunbarton, Clackmannan & Kinross (l) - Dumbarton?

    Irish Embodied Militia
    Galway Regiment
    Londonderry
    Tipperary
    Tyrone
    Wessex
    Donegall Regiment
    Louth Regiment
    Antrim Regiment
    Armagh Regiment
    Cork South Regiment
    Cork City
    Dublin City Regiment
    Kerry Regiment
    Kilkenny Regiment
    King's County Regiment
    Limerick County Regiment
    Meath Regiment
    Monaghan Regiment
    Roscommon Regiment
    Cork North Regiment
    Waterford Regiment
    Mayo North Battalion
    Mayo South Batalion
    Carlow Battalion
    Cavan Battalion
    Clare Battalion
    Down North Battalion
    Down South Battalion
    Dublin County Battalion
    Leitrim Battalion
    Limerick City Battalion
    Queen's County Battalion
    Sligo Battalion
    Westmeath Battalion
    Wicklow Battalion
    Fermanagh Battalion
    Kildare Battalion
    Longford Battalion
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    This is truly awesome. I had no clue what to do with Militia units, now I do! Prince Essling, I take my hate off to you. I appreciate the work you've put in!

    EDIT: Updated the list. Tried changing the format a little by breaking the units down with colours so the numbering is easier to follow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matsky View Post
    LIGHT CAVALRY
    1st (Royal) Regiment of Dragoons
    2nd (Royal Scots Greys) Regiment of Dragoons - Special Unit
    3rd (The King's Own) Regiment of Dragoons
    4th (Queen's Own) Regiment of Dragoons
    5th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons - (disbanded in 1799 for “treachery”)
    6th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Dragoons
    The regiments listed above ought to be classed as heavy cavalry, as they were mounted on the same weight of horse as the Dragoon Guards, and armed and fought in the same way.

    Also the Regimental names are slightly wrong.

    The 2nd Regiment were 'The Royal North British' not the 'The Royal Scots Greys', akthough their nick name was 'The Scots Greys', they were never known as 'The Royal Scots Greys', thats just a CA error.
    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Essling View Post
    HIGHLAND FOOT (LIMIT 10)
    26th (Cameronians) Regiment of Foot – moved from line - 2 battalions
    42nd (The Royal Highland or Black Watch) Regiment of Foot - Special Unit- 2 battalions
    70th (Glasgow Lowland) Regiment of Foot – note became (Surrey) in 1812- 1 battalion
    72nd (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    73rd (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    74th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    75th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    76th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot – was the Hindoostan Regiment 1807-12 - 1 battalion
    78th (Ross-shire Buffs) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    79th (Cameron Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    90th (Perthshire Volunteers) Regiment of Foot - moved from light infantry - 2 battalions
    91st (Argyllshire Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    92nd (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    93rd (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions
    Not all the above regiments were Highland Regiments.

    Scottish Regiments were divided into Highland and Lowland. and dressed accordingly

    Lowland Scottish Regiments
    26th (Cameronians) Regiment of Foot – moved from line - 2 battalions
    70th (Glasgow Lowland) Regiment of Foot – note became (Surrey) in 1812- 1 battalion
    72nd (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - redesignated as lowland in 1809 to aid recruiting no longer wore highland dress.
    76th Regiment of Foot - the Highliand regiment was disbanded in 1784
    90th (Perthshire Volunteers) Regiment of Foot

    Highland Scottish Regiments
    42nd (The Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot (The Black Watch) - 2 battalions
    72nd (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions formerly the 78th Highland Regiment, redesignated as lowland in 1809.
    73rd (Macleods Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions 1st bn became 71st (Highland) Regiment in 1786, 2nd was bn disbanded.
    74th (Campbell's Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    75th (Abercromby's Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 1 battalion
    76th (Macdonald's Highlanders) Regiment of Foot disbanded in 1784, number re-used by the Honourable East India company in 1787
    78th (Ross-shire Buffs) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions renumbered as 72nd (Highland) Regiment in 1784, re-raised in 1795 merged again with the 72nd in 1881.
    79th (Cameron Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions Raised 1793,
    91st (Argyllshire Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions formerly the 98th, redesignated in 1796
    92nd (Gordon Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions formerly the 100th, redesignated in 1798
    93rd (Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions formerly 'The Sutherland Fencibles' and raised from selected men of those who still wished to serve when the last two fencible regiments were disbanded in 1793.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Didz View Post
    The regiments listed above ought to be classed as heavy cavalry, as they were mounted on the same weight of horse as the Dragoon Guards, and armed and fought in the same way.

    Also the Regimental names are slightly wrong.

    The 2nd Regiment were 'The Royal North British' not the 'The Royal Scots Greys', akthough their nick name was 'The Scots Greys', they were never known as 'The Royal Scots Greys', thats just a CA error.
    Cheers mate, I've made the changes you mentioned. Anything else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matsky View Post
    Cheers mate, I've made the changes you mentioned. Anything else?
    I've made some corrections to the list of Highland Regiments above. It's also worth noting that not all highland regiments wore plaid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Didz View Post
    I've made some corrections to the list of Highland Regiments above. It's also worth noting that not all highland regiments wore plaid.
    Awesome stuff. In terms of the game's units, would you designate Lowland regiments as "Highland Foot" or just "Foot"?

    Edit: I've made the changes... units like the 72nd I've left as Highland and the 76th you might still use as that gives you 10 Highland Foot Regiments, the maximum allowed in-game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matsky View Post
    Awesome stuff. In terms of the game's units, would you designate Lowland regiments as "Highland Foot" or just "Foot"?

    Edit: I've made the changes... units like the 72nd I've left as Highland and the 76th you might still use as that gives you 10 Highland Foot Regiments, the maximum allowed in-game.
    In game terms I would treat all British trained infantry using the Dundas system as the same whether highland, lowland, or even foriegn. The only real difference would be the uniform worn. Lowland Regiments wore the standard British infantry uniform, whereas Highlanders usually wore something slightly different even if not full plaid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Didz View Post
    Not all the above regiments were Highland Regiments.

    Scottish Regiments were divided into Highland and Lowland. and dressed accordingly
    Agree with your your helpful clarifications/corrections - originally I meant to change "Highland" to "Scottish" but forgot !

    Turning to your comments against the units below:

    73rd (Macleods Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions 1st bn became 71st (Highland) Regiment in 1786, 2nd was bn disbanded.The British Army Establishment lists from 1804 show both 71st & 73rd in existence with 2 battalions each.
    76th (Macdonald's Highlanders) Regiment of Foot disbanded in 1784, number re-used by the Honourable East India company in 1787 The British Army Establishment lists from 1804 onwards shows this in the line with 1 battalion - the HEIC as a private company was of course not part of formal British Military Establishment.
    91st (Argyllshire Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions formerly the 98th, redesignated in 1796 The British Army Establishment lists from 1808 onwards shows both 91st & 98th in existence - the former with 2 battalions and the latter with 1 battalion. 98th doesn't feature on the 1804 list.
    92nd (Gordon Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions formerly the 100th, redesignated in 1798
    The British Army Establishment lists from 1808 onwards shows both 92nd & 100th in existence - the former with 2 battalions and the latter with 1 battalion. 100th doesn't feature on the 1804 list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Essling View Post
    73rd (Macleods Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions 1st bn became 71st (Highland) Regiment in 1786, 2nd bn was disbanded.The British Army Establishment lists from 1804 show both 71st & 73rd in existence with 2 battalions each.

    76th (Macdonald's Highlanders) Regiment of Foot – disbanded in 1784, number re-used by the Honourable East India company in 1787 The British Army Establishment lists from 1804 onwards shows this in the line with 1 battalion - the HEIC as a private company was of course not part of formal British Military Establishment.

    91st (Argyllshire Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions formerly the 98th, redesignated in 1796 The British Army Establishment lists from 1808 onwards shows both 91st & 98th in existence - the former with 2 battalions and the latter with 1 battalion. 98th doesn't feature on the 1804 list.

    92nd (Gordon Highlanders) Regiment of Foot - 2 battalions formerly the 100th, redesignated in 1798. The British Army Establishment lists from 1808 onwards shows both 92nd & 100th in existence - the former with 2 battalions and the latter with 1 battalion. 100th doesn't feature on the 1804 list.The British Army Establishment lists from 1808 onwards shows both 92nd & 100th in existence - the former with 2 battalions and the latter with 1 battalion. 100th doesn't feature on the 1804 list.
    The problem is that the numbering of British Regiments only designates their seniority in the Army List, not the actual regiment. So, as the number of regiments fluctuated the regiments tended to shuffle up the list or were merged with those above them. So, according to my information (Macleods Highlanders) became the 71st (Highland) Regiment in 1786, and its 2nd Bn was disbanded (probably because it was understrength).

    That doesn't necessary mean that the 73rd Foot ceased to exist, it just means it was no longer the same regiment.

    The 76th Foot is unusual as the original Highland Regiment was disbanded and then the number was re-used by the Honourable East India Company for a new regiment 76th (Hindoostan) Regiment of Foot raised in 1787 exclusively for service in India from 1787-1812. It did not return to the Line until 1812. I have no idea what the background to this arrangement was and I agree that it sounds odd, although of course most new British regiments began by being funded by private patrons, so perhaps the only unusual feature in the case of the 76th is that it was funded by a commercial orgnaisation rather than a titled individual.

    The 91st was formerly the 98th moving up the list in 1796. Its number was then allocated to a new regiment in 1805, which was not Highland and remained in service until 1816.

    The 92nd was raised as the 100th in 1794, and was moved up the list to 92nd in 1798 when a number of more senior regiments were disbanded. Its former number was then allocated to a new regiment raised in 1804 called the 100th (Prince Regent's County of Dublin) Regiment of Foot (not Highland obviously). This regiment in turn moved up the list to 99th in 1816, when the 95th lost there place in the list and became the Rifle Brigade.

    Its worth noting that a lot of the major renumbering which takes place in the final couple of decades of the 18th Century is the direct result of The Duke of York's campaign to reform the British Army and root out the corruption that had been a feature of the former Secretary of War Sir George Yonge's abuses of the system. The infamous Sir George Yonge, a career politician and MP for Honiton in Devon, and was basically as corrupt as a bent penny and abused his office and Secretary of War for purely personal gain.

    His most lucrative sideline was to sell commissions for personal gain, and when the number of available commissions was insufficient to meet his financial needs he had the simple expedient of forming new regiments to create more commissions, which had the added benefit of enabling him sell the regiment and thus the colonelcy to an equally corrupt colleague and then take a cut of the money allocated to its formation and equipment, even though in most cases the actual regiment hardly bothered recruiting any men.

    As a consequence the British Army towards the end of the 18th Century had a paper strength far in excess of its actual strength and Yonge was making a fortune in back-handers and bribes.

    In 1792 there had been 17 cavalry regiments and 77 infantry regiments in the Army, but by the end of Yonges time as Secretary of War there were no fewer than 33 Regiments of Dragoons (alone) and 135 Regiments of Foot, most of which only existed on paper, although they had full complements of officers, some of whom were only children. George Landman an Ensign in the 64th Foot was 7 years old, and Francis Hastings Doyle was a Captain in the 106th Foot at age 11.

    This mess was eventually inherited by the Duke of York when he took over from the incompetent Amherst as Commander-in-Chief of the Army in 1795, a year after Yonge was finally replaced as Secretary of War by William Windham. Which explains why so many regiments seem to be disbanded around this time and those that survived show such major leaps up the seniority list.

    The period of 1800-1805 is a time of continued gradual reform, which saw the Duke of York continuing his attempts to undo the damage inflicted on the British Army prior to the turn of the century and to deal with the residue of the corruption and suspicion that surrounded its existence. His approach to this was quite honestly, brilliantly innovative, and probably saved the British Army and turned it into the well honed fighting machine that was eventually inhereted by Wellington.
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    Default Re: British Army Regiment Names

    Didz,

    Good stuff as all ways + rep to you.

    For others who may be interested in seeing the changes to British Army regiments to 1881 when numbering was abandoned see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Regiments_of_Foot.

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