Évora Dragoons

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised on August 20 1715.

During the Seven Years' War, the regiment was under the command of:

  • in 1762: Dom Francisco da Silva Tello

Service during the War

During the campaign of 1762, the regiment was attached to the main Anglo-Portuguese army where its 3 troops were deployed in the first line of cavalry of the right wing. On October 15, the regiment (counting only 135 men) took part to an engagement near Codos.

Uniform

From various orders of materials for the uniforms, it seems certain that the uniform of the regiment had both red, yellow and some white cloth (more red than yellow) and that the lining was red. In that context the coat, breeches, cuffs, etc., could have been red or yellow.

Colours

The exact pattern of the Portuguese colonel colours during the Seven Years' War is unknown.

The ordonnance colours were chosen by the colonel of the regiment. For the moment, we have found no source depicting specific colours for this regiment.

References

Amaral, Manuel, O Exértico Português em finais do Antiguo Regime

Kirby, Mike, The Portuguese Army - Seven Years War, Seven Years War Association Journal, Vol. XII No. 3

Pereira Sales, Ernesto Augusto; O Conde de Lippe em Portugal, Vila Nova de Famalicao: Publicacoes da Comissao de Historia Militar, 1936

Ribeiro Rodrigues, Manuel A.; 300 Anos de Uniformes Militares do Exército de Portugal 1660-1960, Exército Portugués and Sociedade Historica da Independéncia de Portugal, 1998

Acknowledgment

Manuel Ribeiro Rodrigues and Joseph O'Neill for the information and counselling provided for this article.