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Rod MacArthur08 Aug 2017 6:18 a.m. PST

I have started to model the six battalions of the Irish Brigade.

The Kronockaf Seven Years War Project gives the uniform for drummers of Bulkely, Berwick, Lally, Dillon and Clare as the same as the soldiers, but with lace on their sleeves and cuffs. I presume this lace would be in bands (hoops), ie the same as a normal French Regiment.

However it gives uniforms for Rooth's drummers as "the livery of the King of England". This is because that Regiment was descended from James II's Foot Guards, and so they had blue facings and blue breeches, just like British Royal Regiments. I interpret this description to mean that the drummers had British chevron pattern lace on their sleeves. I wonder what headdress Rooth's drummers wore. Options would seem to be tricornes or British style drummer's short mitres. I am tempted to go for the latter, but was wondering what views anyone else had on this.


Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member08 Aug 2017 1:01 p.m. PST

My recollection from Osprey books is that French army (and foreign regiments) drummers wore the tricorne. Also that the Irish drummers may have worn lace in the livery colors of the Colonel, barring any other considerations.

John Clements08 Aug 2017 1:13 p.m. PST

In the slightly earlier WAS period, it is suggested that Bulkeley, Clare and Lally musicians' coats were in reversed colours like British foot, Rooth crimson faced blue as you say, Dillon and Berwick in colonel's livery (red and yellow respectively). Tricornes would be normal. I don't know if these would have changed by 1756 but they sound traditional so probably not.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 2:14 p.m. PST

I think the only surviving drummers uniform is that of Dillon.

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