89th (The Princess Victoria's) Regiment of Foot

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For other units with the same regimental number, see 89th Regiment of Foot (disambiguation).

The 89th (The Princess Victoria's) Regiment of Foot was a regiment of the British Army, formed on 3 December 1793.

Its nickname was 'Blayney's Bloodhounds'. The nickname stems from 1798 when the regiment was under the command of Lord Blayney and became known for its unerring certainty and untiring perseverance in hunting down the Irish rebels.

The regiment fought in the Peninsular War and was involved in the defeat at the Battle of Fuengirola of 1810 and in many battles in Iberia and North America. It particularly distinguished itself at the Battle of Crysler's Farm when it defeated several US regiments.

The regiment amalgamated with the 87th Foot on 1 July 1881, to form the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers.