Sunday 29 January 2023

28mm SYW: French Horse Fitz-James


This is a very interesting French cavalry regiment. It was raised in 1691 from English exiles although Kronoskaf records it as an Irish regiment. I speculate that by the SYW there were still a few aged rankers from either England, Ireland or Scotland (who had joined in the WSS) but that the majority were probably French. This regiment, of 4 squadrons, was sent to help Bonnie Prince Charlie in the 1745 – 3 out of 4 squadrons were captured en route and only one landed, without horses. They hastily grabbed local horses and did fine service including at Culloden. They surrendered later on after the battle and were treated as French prisoners of war. During the 1745 they wore tricornes. By the WAS/SYW this was just a two-squadron regiment.

These are mostly Perry AWI Spanish Dragoons with their heads removed. Heads in bearskins come from Black Hussar. The command are surplus Ebor WSS. This is the 4th regiment of French cavalry finished.

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