Ogilvy Infanterie

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Origin and History

This Scottish regiment was raised by David, Lord Ogilvy on February 28 1747 from the remnants of the force defeated at Culloden.

The regiment counted 1 battalion.

During the War of the Austrian Succession, the newly created regiment served in Flanders in 1748.

During the Seven Years' War, the regiment ranked 113th and was under the command of:

  • since February 28 1747: David Lord Ogilvy Count of Aireley

On December 21 1762, when the French infantry was reorganised, the regiment was disbanded.

Service during the War

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

In 1758 and 1759, the regiment served in Germany.

By May 23 1760, the regiment 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 in Flanders.

To do: more details of the campaigns from 1761 to 1762

Uniform

Privates

Uniform in 1758 - Source: Kronoskaf
Uniform Details as per
Etat militaire 1758, 1760 and 1761, Etrennes Militaires 1758 and Abrégé du dictionnaire militaire 1759

completed where necessary with information from Troupes du Roi, Infanterie française et étrangère, année 1757, tome I
Headgear
Musketeer black tricorne laced gold
Grenadier probably a dark blue bonnet
Neck stock white (as per Troupes du Roi, Infanterie française et étrangère, année 1757)
Coat blue lined red with 12 copper buttons on the right side and 12 yellow buttonholes on each side
Collar red
Shoulder Straps red (as per Mouillard) fastened with a copper button
Lapels none
Pockets horizontal pockets, each with 4 copper buttons and 4 yellow buttonholes
Cuffs red without buttons
Turnbacks red (as per Troupes du Roi, Infanterie française et étrangère, année 1757)
Waistcoat red with 12 copper buttons on the right side and 12 yellow buttonholes on each side
Breeches red
Gaiters white
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt natural leather
Waistbelt natural leather
Cartridge Box 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.: grenadiers wore a Highlanders uniforms. However, we have found no description of this uniform nor of its tartan.

Officers

n/a

Musicians

n/a

Colours

Colonel colour: white field; centre device consisting of the necklace of the Order of St.Andrew; a white cross of St. Andrew decorated with 1 golden fleur de lys at each extremity; 3 thistles (the upper flower with a gold crown); in the upper canton: a white scroll edged in gold wearing the golden motto “Nemo me impune lacesset”

Ordonnance colours: blue field; centre device consisting of the necklace of the Order of St.Andrew; a white cross of St. Andrew decorated with 1 golden fleur de lys at each extremity; 3 thistles (the upper flower with a gold crown); in the upper canton: a white scroll edged in gold wearing the motto “Nemo me impune lacesset”

Colonel Colour - Source: PMPdeL
Ordonnance Colour - Source: PMPdeL

References

Bunel, Arnaud: Vexillologie militaire européenne] - Régiment Royal-Ecossais

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)

Mouillard, Lucien: Les Régiments sous Louis XV, Paris, 1882

Pajol, Charles P. V.: Les Guerres sous Louis XV, vol. VII, Paris, 1891, p. 208

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

Taylor, Rab: Lord Ogilvy's Regiment

"Troupes du Roi, Infanterie française et étrangère, année 1757, tome I", Musée de l'Armée, Paris

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.; Nec Pluribus Impar

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