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 Irish rebels during that year's rebellion.

During the Napoleonic Wars the regiment served in Egypt in 1802, in Portugal and Spain in 1810, and in Java in 1811. When the regiment fought in the Peninsular War it was involved in the defeat at the Battle of Fuengirola of 1810. It particularly distinguished itself during the War of 1812 at the Battle of Crysler's Farm when it defeated several US regiments. It later fought in India and Burma in 1819-1826 during the Anglo-Maratha and Anglo-Burmese Wars, and in the Crimea in 1854-55.

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

Battle honours[edit]

Battle honours won by the regiment were: [1]

  • Napoleonic Wars: Egypt (Sphinx superscribed "Egypt"), Java
  • American war of 1812: Niagara
  • Anglo-Burmese Wars: Ava
  • Crimean War: Sevastopol

Colonels of the Regiment[edit]

Colonels of the Regiment were: [1]

89th Regiment of Foot[edit]

89th (The Princess Victoria's) Regiment of Foot- (1866)[edit]


  1. ^ a b "89th (The Princess Victoria's) Regiment of Foot". regiments.org. Retrieved 9 August 2016.