90th Foot

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised in Ireland on December 7 1759 by Colonel Morgan. It was designated as “Morgan's Irish Light Infantry”.

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

  • from December 1759: Colonel Morgan
  • from 1762 to 1763: Colonel Francis Grant

The regiment was disbanded in 1763, on its return to Ireland.

Service during the War

From March to June 1761, the regiment took part in the expedition against Belle-Isle. On June 8, the British took possession of Le Palais, the main town on the island. The regiment then garrisoned the island until it received orders to embark for the West Indies where it arrived in Carlisle Bay, Barbados in December.

From January to February 1762, the regiment took part in the conquest of Martinique. Then, from March to August, it took part in the siege and capture of Havana on the Island of Cuba, distinguishing itself in the storming of Fort Morro on July 30.

Uniform

No details are known of the uniforms of this regiment.

Colours

No details are known of the colours of this regiment.

References

Fortescue, J. W.: A History of the British Army Vol. II, MacMillan, London, 1899

Mills, T. F., Land Forces of Britain the Empire and Commonwealth (an excellent website which unfortunately does not seem to be online any more)

Schirmer, Friedrich: Die Heere der kriegführenden Staaten 1756 - 1763. Edited and published by KLIO-Landesgruppe Baden-Württemberg e.V., Magstadt, 1989

United Services Magazine 1863, Issue 3

Acknowledgements

Digby Smith for the information provided on this junior regiment.