Tuesday, 27 October 2009
If anybody wants some flags
Left to right, top to bottom:
ECW Irish flag slogan; ditto; ditto, 'Carolus' changed to 'Jacobus'; Jacobite slogan plus red hand; French-style colour with the IHSV; ditto; cross and crown; Latin slogan I liked the sound of (my strength is from heaven); IHSV flag with swords; IHSVs with random colours
Monday, 26 October 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Into the realms of speculation a bit
Descrption is from, as usual, Lawson, but there's no mention of the colours of any of the details on the Colonel's, so I'm going on educated (or more likely not) guesses here
Also, in the Lawson there's also a drawing of two colours of the regiment captured by the French in 1693, which have as the device a crown with an arm holding an axe coming out of the top (my excellent knowledge of heraldic terms shining through here) and this is described as Brewer's coat of arms.
I assumed that those colours, explicitly labelled as Brewer's, were the ones I was after, and that the ones above, labelled Duke of Norfolk's Regiment 1688, were for when the regiment was the Duke of Norfolk's (surprisingly). However, the regiment became Brewer's in 1686 according to Richard Trimen, and so if that's the case it means that 'Norfolk's' colours were being used by Brewer in 1688, but not by 1693. Therefore, with no more information to go on, I'm giving the regiment the 1688 colours, for the rather specious reasons that there's more information on them, and 1688 is only 2 years off compared to 3.
This is why I will never be a proper historian
Friday, 23 October 2009
Source is Cecil C. P. Lawson's 'A History of the Uniforms of the British Army'
The description of the Major's colour didn't specify if the corner with the pile also had the yellow design, but I thought having them both looked odd so I left the pile on its own
Taken from the background of one of the double-page illustrations in the Osprey
Reiver Castings' has a similar colour, but with with darker colours, and a bigger harp and smaller crown
The 'Regimental' has an illegible inscription in gold over the crown and the 'Colonel's' a St. George's cross surrounded by white in the uppermost corner
Thursday, 22 October 2009
From the Osprey, not much comment to make
Reiver Castings has for sale the colour for this regiment of the style shown above, as well as another (a Colonel's, presumably) which is a pure green field with a red cross tapering inwards slightly in the uppermost corner
Skipping ahead briefly to the Jacobites, for no real reason other than I really like the IHSV-type flags
There's no direct souce for this, but seeing as these flags were used by the Régiment de Dillon by the time of the Spanish Succession, and that this sort of flag was carried by other Jacobite units, I'm hoping it's not too big of an assumption to give it to Dillon's men in 1690
Not entirely sure about the Colonel's colour, I'm taking it from an Andre Joineau plate which doesn't attatch a date to it. Warflag has the same style of flag but with a red cross instead of white for the WSS, marked as speculative, but it maybe seems more plausible for the Boyne as the regiment was, of course, a British one loyal to a King of England in its view? The all-white field is very French as well, and could have been a later change once the Regiment was on the French establishment?
Also turns out I've been spelling 'Sir John Hanmer' wrong all these years
EDIT: The plot thickens (found this on my hard drive, notice the date given):
'Regimental' colour is an interesting design, looks to be the same but with the cross a lot narrower and the corner crowns a lot smaller
No cross at all for the Colonel's, and an inscription regrettably too small to make out, though I've sized it up slightly
Label of 'Dillon Allemand' is intriuging