98th Foot

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised on January 27 1761 by Colonel Grey.

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

  • from January 1761 to 1763: Colonel Grey

The regiment was disbanded in 1763.

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. In October, it embarked aboard a fleet sailing for the West Indies. It arrived in Carlisle Bay, Barbados in December.

In January and February 1762, the regiment took part in the expedition against Martinique. By February 16, the whole Martinique island was in possession of the British.


No details are known of the uniforms of this regiment.


No details are known of the colours of this regiment.


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


Digby Smith for the information provided on this junior regiment.