86th Regiment of Foot (Rutland Regiment)

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For other units with the same regimental number, see 86th Regiment of Foot (disambiguation).

The 86th Regiment of Foot (Rutland Regiment) was a British regiment raised for service in the American Revolutionary War.[1]

It was raised in England in July, 1779 by Charles Manners, 4th Duke of Rutland, in the area around Newark, Nottinghamshire and Grantham, Lincolnshire. The colonel was Anthony St Leger.[2] The regiment had yellow facings on their red coats.[3]

It was sent to the Leeward Islands in January, 1780. Five companies stationed on Tobago were captured June, 1781.[3]

The regiment returned to England and was disbanded in 1783 at York.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Messenger, Charles (1994). A History of British Infantry: For Love of Regiment, Volume 2, 1915-1994. Pen and Sword. p. 252. ISBN 9781473814394. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Chichester, Henry Manners; Burges-Short, George (1900). The records and badges of every regiment and corps in the British Army. Gale & Polden. p. 782. 
  3. ^ a b Franklin, Carl (2012). British Army Uniforms of the American Revolution 1751-1783. Casemate Publishers. p. 233. ISBN 9781848846906. Retrieved 19 October 2014.