[British Army Regimental Colonels during the reigns of William and Mary and Queen Anne.] Contemporary Manuscript of Regimental Colonels in Britain, South Britain, North Britain [Scotland], Ireland, Gibraltar and Port Mahon (Minorca), with emendations

British Army Regimental Colonels during the reigns of William and Mary and Queen Anne
Publication details: 
No date but circa 1715, and amended until the mid-1720s. No place [War Office, London?]
SKU: 22637

The present early eighteenth-century document lists the heads of British Army regiments from the period of the Glorious Revolution to the accession of George I. Internal evidence suggests that it was compiled around 1715, and that it was amended until the mid-1720s. The care with which it was compiled, over a decade and in a number of hands, would appear to suggest some sort of official standing. It is on nineteen 18 x 7.5 cm leaves of laid paper, formed in ten bifoliums, now loose but originally bound together, and with traces of thread still present. Aged and worn, with slight loss to bottom inner corners of first five bifoliums, not affecting any text. Paginated 1-10, 15-42, showing that the document is lacking four pages (bifolium containing pp.11-14). (The volume can be dated from the entry for the Royal Fusiliers, whose Captain is said in the original list to be 'Coll: O Hara', this being changed in another hand to 'Ld Kilmaine', with a second addition of 'now Ld: Tyrawly'. James O'Hara was made Colonel of the Regiment in 1713; was Lord Kilmain in 1722 and Lord Tyrawly in 1724.) The first page is ruled at the head with two horizontal red lines. Headings to following pages: 'Horse Guards', 1; '2 Troope of Guards', 2; '3. Troop of Guards', 3; '4. Troope of Guards', 4; '5. First Troope Granades:', 5; '6. Second Troop Granades:', 6; '7. Royall Regt. of Guards', 7; '1. Horse | Kings Regimt:', 8; '2.', 9; '3', 10; 'Dragoons', 15; '2 Royall Regimt: of Scots Dragoons', 16; '3. Kings Regiment', 17; [4 to 14 Dragoons], 18-28; '(1) | Foot Guards', 29, '(2) | Second Regiment', 30; '3. Regiment of Guards', 31; '1) Foot | Royall Regimt: of Foot', 32; [3 to 6 Foot], 34-37; '7) | Fusiliers', 38; [8 to 11 Foot], 39-42. Written at foot of following pages: 'Ireland': 19, 22-23, 26-28, 32, 37, 39; 'Brittain': 18, 20-21, 24-25, 29-31 (as 'Brittaine'), 33-34, 38, 41-42; 'North Brittain' (i.e. Scotland): 35; 'S[outh]. Brittain': 7-15; 'Gibralter': 36; 'Mahone' (i.e. Port Mahon, Minorca): 40. As an example, p.3 reads '3. Troop of Guards | Earle Feversham. | Ld: Churchill | Duke of Berwick | E: Malbrough [i.e. the Duke of Marlborough] | E: Rivers | E: Arran [with word 'Irish' added, to distinguish him from 'E. Arran Scotch' of 7 Guards] | Lt: Gennle: [rank deleted] Cholmondly | Ld: Cholmondly [rank and name deleted] | Ld Newburgh ['now Earle of Choldmy' added]'. The page for 5 Foot ('Gibralter'): 'E: Clare | Coll: Wisely [amended from 'Wiesely'] | Sr: John Fenwick | Coll. Monk | L Genle: Tallmash | Coll Loyd | Majr: Genle: Fairfax | L Majr: Genle: Pearse.' The page for 6 Foot (in Ireland) reads: 'Sr: Henry Bellasys | Coll Babington | Prince De Hesse. | Marquis De. Rada. | Coll: Cullombine | Coll: Rivers | Coll: Southwell | Coll Harrisson | Coll: Robert Dormer | M: Brigade: James Dormer'.