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Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Jan 2024 10:10 p.m. PST

I've been trying to figure this out.

If you had a company of infantry in the British Army in the early 18th Century, how was it designated?

Would it be "Company 1 of the 1st Battalion, 1st Regiment etc?""

Or 1st Company?

How many companies made up a battalion and how many battalions made up a regiment?

Any help would be appreciated. Links to references would be great!


42flanker04 Jan 2024 2:34 a.m. PST

A company would be named after its commander, Captain X, Major X or the Lieutenant Colonel, the last administered on a daily basis by a Captain Lieutenant. Until 1751, and unofficially for some time thereafter, a regiment would be referred to by the name of its current Colonel, although a handful of senior regiments had some form of Royal title as well.
The standard number of companies in a line regiment was eight battalion companies and a grenadier company. Regiments of Foot in the British army did not have a battalion structure; a regiment usually operating as a single infantry battalion in the field. On occasion a second battalion might raised for the duration of a conflict then disbanded. I am not aware this occurred in the early C18th

Personal logo Dal Gavan Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2024 4:36 a.m. PST

What 42flanker said, Murphy, but you can get extra info' at link and link

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jan 2024 9:05 a.m. PST

Thank you everyone!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2024 10:51 a.m. PST

Just curious, or are you starting a new project?

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