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Les
Have you ever read Regiment of the Line....the story of the Lancashire Fusiliers by Cyril Ray? If not I would recommend it to you...it's the definitive history. Available from eBay I'm sure.
Their was no such unit as Peyton's Regiment of Foot.
In 1688 William of Orange following his landing at Torbay issued three commissions for raising new regiments, one of them, dated November 10th went to Sir Robert Peyton a soldier of fortune well known to King William. He became the first Colonel of the Regiment known as Peyton's Own. Later to become Hamilton's Regiment and The East Devonshire Regiment of Foot. It was not until after the Irish War and the Battle of Boyne that the name XXth Regiment of Foot came into common usage. The ' XXth ' came about due to the Regiment being the 20th unit to be disembarked from ships of King William's fleet landing in Ireland. Prior to that the Regiment was always named after the commanding Colonels of the time.
Geoff P



The Raising of the Regiment and it's first Battles

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