Bulkeley Infanterie

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Origin and History

This Irish regiment was raised on June 18 1690 from Irish soldiers who had followed James II to France.

During the War of the Polish Succession, the regiment served at Kehl in 1733, then on the Moselle and the Rhine in 1734 and 1735.

During the War of the Austrian Succession, the regiment took part in the invasion of Bohemia in 1742. It followed Maillebois in his retreat towards France in 1743. From 1744 to 1748, the regiment served in Flanders.

The regiment counted only 1 battalion.

When the French infantry was reorganised in 1762, the regiment incorporated the disbanded Royal Écossais Infanterie on December 21.

During the Seven Years' War, the regiment ranked 92nd and was under the command of:

  • since January 14 1751 to 1775: Bulkeley

Service during the War

By August 1 1757, the regiment was assuming garrison duty in the citadel and fort of Calais.

In 1760, the regiment served in Germany. By May 23, it was part of the first line of the infantry centre of Broglie's Army. By December 30, the regiment had taken its winter-quarters in Marburg.

In 1761, the regiment was stationed at Marburg.

To do: details of the campaigns of 1761 and 1762.



Uniform in 1758 - Source: rf-figuren
Uniform Details as per
Etrennes Militaires 1756 and 1758, Etat Militaire 1758, 1759, 1760 and 1761, and Gal Hanotaux 1757

completed where necessary as per Mouillard
Musketeer black tricorne laced silver
Grenadier black tricorne laced silver
Neck stock black
Coat red lined green with white buttonholes on one side and tin buttons down to the pockets grouped 2 by 2
Collar none
Shoulder Straps none
Lapels none
Pockets horizontal pockets, each with 3 or 4 pewter buttons and 3 or 4 white buttonholes
Cuffs green narrow cuffs (en botte), each with 3 or 4 pewter buttons and 3 or 4 white buttonholes
Turnbacks green
Waistcoat green with white buttonholes on each side
Breeches white
Gaiters white
Leather Equipment
Cross-belt probably natural leather
Waist-belt probably natural leather
Cartridge Box probably natural leather
Bayonet Scabbard n/a
Scabbard n/a

Armaments consisted of a musket and a bayonet. Fusiliers carried a sword (brass hilt) while the grenadiers had a sabre.

N.B.: the uniform seems to have changed in 1762 during the general reorganisation. The coat was still red but with white lining, green distinctive and a green shoulder strap. The waistcoat was now red.


not yet available


Drummers wore uniforms similar to those of the privates but with laces on the cuffs and arms of the coat.


Colonel colour: white field; centre device consisting of a golden Irish harp surmounted by a golden crown with the motto In Hoc Signo Vinces; 1 gold crown in each corner.
Ordonnance colours: red and green opposed cantons; centre device consisting of a golden Irish harp surmounted by a golden crown with the motto In Hoc Signo Vinces; 1 gold crown in each canton.
Colonel Colour - Source: PMPdeL
Ordonnance Colour - Source: PMPdeL


Évrard, P.: Praetiriti Fides

Funcken, Liliane and Fred: Les uniformes de la guerre en dentelle

Menguy, Patrice: Les Sujets du Bien Aimé (a website who has unfortunately disappeared from the web)

Pajol, Charles P. V.: Les Guerres sous Louis XV, vol. VII, Paris, 1891, pp. 206-207

Rogge, Christian: The French & Allied Armies in Germany during the Seven Years War, Frankfurt, 2006

Service historique de l'armée de terre: Sommaire des forces armées Françaises à l'intérieur et à l'extérieur de la France - 1er Août 1757

Vial, J. L.: http://vial.jean.free.fr/new_npi/

N.B.: the section Service during the War is mostly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.