Bragança Cavalry

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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: José António Freire de Andrade

Service during the War

By August 20 1762, the regiment was part of corps under the command of the count of Santiago, charged to cover the Beira Baixa region against Spanish incursions. The count of Santiago vainly tried to recapture the place of Alfalaiates, the conduct of some officers (including major Francisco Antonio da Veiga Cabral of the regiment) in this action being so despicable that they were put under arrest at Abrantes. During the campaign of 1762, was initially attached to the main Anglo-Portuguese army where its 3 troops were deployed in the first line of cavalry of the left wing.

Uniform

No information found.

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.