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    Below are listed the nicknames of the British regiments involved in the AWI. These nicknames were either given during or prior to the war. Reader will note that many well known nicknames associated with these regiments were given to them during the Napoleonic wars. An example of this is the 1st Rgt Foot Guards who are known as the Grenadier Guards. The name was given because of Waterloo. During the AWI, they were known as the Coalers. I have included the county designation or more formal name in (). Reader will note that there were a fair number of Slashers, Splashers, Springers and Snappers.

    Regiment Nickname

    1st Rgt Foot Guards "The Coalers"
    In 1600's, Rgt officers had once hired men out to haul coal in order to raise money to refurbish officer's mess.

    2nd Rgt Foot Guards "Coldstreamers"
    Recruitment area in Scotland
    "The Lilywhites"
    Uniform facing colour

    3rd Rgt Foot Guards (The King's Rgt; The King's Foot Guards; The Scots Guards or The Scotch Guards)

    1st Foot (Royal) "Pontius Pilate's Bodyguards"
    Combination of Rgt being oldest in the army together with the legend that Christ's tomb was guarded by Caledonian (Scottish) Legionaries at the crucifixion.

    3rd Foot "The Buffs"
    Uniform facing colour

    4th Foot (The King's Own) "The Lions"
    Rgt badge was a lion

    5th Foot (Royal Northumberland Fusilliers) "The Shiners"
    Rgt gave a smart appearance at an inspection in Ireland 1769.

    6th Foot (1st Warwickshire) "The Dutch Guards"
    Rgt was raised in 1674 for service in Holland. Nickname given to Rgt by William III when it accompanied him to England in 1688 during the Glorious Revolution.

    7th Foot (Royal Fusilliers or the English Fusilliers) "The Elegant Extracts"
    When originally raised, the officers came from many different regiments.
    "The Hanoverian White Horse"
    The Rgt badge was a white horse.

    8th Foot (The King's Own) "The Leather Hats"
    During AWI, Rgt wore civilian hats. Tradition continues to the present day.

    9th Foot (East Norfolk) "Ligonier's"
    Rgt Colonel's name

    10th Foot (The North Lincolnshire) "The Yellow Bellies"
    After the yellow bellied frog native to Lincolnshire.
    "The Springers"
    Used as light infantry during AWI.
    "The Poachers"
    Rgt march was an old ballad with this title.

    13th Foot (1st Somersetshire) "Murray's"
    Rgt Colonel's name

    14th Foot (Bedfordshire) "Rossmore's"
    Rgt Colonel's name

    15th Foot (Yorkshire East Riding) "The Snappers"
    During battle of Brandywine, Rgt ran short of ball. Remaining balls were given to the best shots, while others 'snapped' on powder charges only.

    16th Foot "The Old Bucks"
    From Buckinghamshire

    17th Foot (Leicestershire) "The Lilywhites"
    Uniform facing colour.

    18th Foot (Royal Irish) "Paddy's Blackguards"
    Originally an Irish Rgt.
    "The Namurs"
    Nic given in recognition of the Rgt's assault on Namur Castle on the 20th August, 1698.

    19th Foot "The Green Howards"
    Because their facing colours were green and their colonel was named Howard.

    20th Foot (East Devonshire) "Kingsley's Stand"
    In 1759 at battle of Minden, Rgt was ordered to the reserves due to heavy casualties. Rgt Colonel Kingsley disobeyed order stating, 'Kingsley's Rgt, at its own request, will resume its position in the line'.
    "The Minden Boys"
    In recognition of the Rgt's performance at the Battle of Minden.
    "The Two Tens"
    Roman numeral for Rgt number was shown as XX

    21st Foot (Royal North British Fuzileers) "The Grey Breeks"
    Rgt originally wore grey trousers. 'Breeks' is the Scottish word for trousers. One of the consequences of the failed Jacobite rebellion of 1745 was that Scotland lost its name. Scotland was renamed as North Britain.

    22nd Foot (Cheshire) "The Two Twos"
    Rgt number

    23rd Foot (Royal Welch Fusilliers) "The Goat Boys" "The Nanny Goats"
    Rgt mascot was a goat. Tradition has continued to the present day. The first time that the mascot ever went into battle was at Bunker Hill, 1775.
    "Old Mindonians"
    Rgt participated in the Battle of Minden, 1st August, 1759.

    24th Foot "Howard's Greens"
    To avoid confusion with 19th Rgt, who also had green facings and a colonel named Howard.

    26th Foot "Cameronian"
    Name of the original Rgt Colonel (Cameron).

    27th Foot "Inniskilling"
    Recruitment area in Scotland.

    28th Foot (North Gloucestershire) "The Slashers"
    At the battle of White Plains, the Rgt had to leave its muskets behind in order to climb a cliff. At the top they drove off the Americans with their short swords (bayonets).

    29th Foot (Worcestershire) "Ever Sworded"
    In 1749 a surprise attack by supposed friendly Indians led to an order that all officers must carry swords on or off duty. Tradition carries on to the present day (for officers who are on duty).
    "Vein Openers"
    Rgt involved in the Boston Massacre, thereby drawing first blood in the AWI.
    "Two and a Hook"
    Rgt number

    30th Foot (Cambridgeshire) "Three Tens"
    Rgt number in Roman numerals, XXX.

    31st Foot (Huntingdonshire) "The Young Buffs"
    George II mistook Rgt for the 3rd Rgt (The Buffs) at battle of Dettingen. Upon being corrected, he replied, 'Bravo, Young Buffs'.

    33rd Foot (1st Yorkshire West Riding) "Havercake Lads"
    Corruption of 'have a cake, lad' which was used by recruiting sergeants to tempt potential new recruits.
    "The Pattern"
    Rgt had a reputation for excellent discipline during AWI.

    34th Foot (Cumberland) "Cavendish's"
    Rgt Colonel's name

    35th Foot (Royal Sussex) "Prince of Orange's Own" "The Orange Lilies"
    William III (of Orange) gave Rgt their orange colourings.

    37th Foot (North Hampshire) "Coote's"
    Rgt Colonel's name

    38th Foot (1st Staffordshire) "Pump and Tortoise"
    Rgt was raised in 1705 and spent almost the first 60 years of its existence stationed in the West Indies where it became so depleted by climate & disease that it only went through the motions of being a regiment. A modern phrasing might be that the Rgt was "All Show (Pomp => Pump) and No Go (Tortoise)".

    40th Foot (2nd Somersetshire) "The Excellers"
    Rgt number in Roman numerals is XL.

    42nd Foot (Black Watch) "Forty Twa"
    Rgt number in Scots.

    44th Foot (East Essex) "The Two Fours"
    Rgt number

    45th Foot (Nottinghamshire) "Haviland's"
    Rgt Colonel's name

    46th Foot (South Devonshire) "The Red Feathers"
    Rgt involved in the Paoli 'Massacre' for which American troops swore revenge. Rgt accepted challenge, but dyed plumes red in order to avoid being confused with another Rgt.
    "The Surprisers"
    In reference to the action at Paoli where the American troops were attacked by surprise at night.
    "The Lacedemonians"
    Taken from a speech given by the Rgt Col just before Rgt went into action during the AWI, on the discipline of the Spartans, aka the Lacedemonians.

    47th Foot (Lancashire) "The Cauliflowers"
    White uniform facing
    "Wolfe's Own"
    Served under Wolfe at Quebec. Rgt added black lace to uniform in his memory.

    48th Foot (Northamptonshire) "The Black Cuffs"
    Uniform cuff colour.

    49th Foot (Hertfordshire) "Maitland's"
    Rgt Colonel's name

    52nd Foot (Oxfordshire) "Clavering's"
    Rgt colonel's name

    53rd Foot (Shropshire) "The Old Five and Three Pennies"
    Rgt number
    "The Brickdusts"
    Red uniform facing colour.

    54th Rgt (West Norfolk) "The Flamers"
    Burned 12 American privateers at New London, Connecticut, during the AWI.

    55th Foot (West Moreland) "The Cattle Reavers"
    Recruited from England Scotland border area. 'Cattle Reavers' are cattle thieves in Scots.

    57th Foot (West Middlesex) "The Steelbacks"
    Reputation as a flogging Rgt.

    59th Foot (2nd Nottinghamshire) "The Lilywhites"
    Uniform facing colour.

    60th Foot "Royal Americans"
    Loyalist (primarily German immigrants) recruiting.

    62nd Foot (Wiltshire) "The Springers"
    Used as light infantry in Canada 1776.
    "The Splashers"
    At the battle of Carrickfergus 1758, Rgt used their buttons when balls ran out. Afterwards, uniform buttons were worn 'splashed' or dented.
    "The Moonrakers"
    Nickname of the Wiltshire region with reference to the tradition of illegal alcohol production. The story was that men captured trying to fish liquor casks out of a pond with rakes claimed they knew nothing about the submerged kegs, but rather were trying to retrieve submerged cheese wheels while pointing to the reflection of the moon on the pond's surface.

    63rd Foot (West Suffolk) "The Blood Suckers"
    During the SYW, Rgt was stationed in Guadaloupe. Rgt badge was the Fleur-de-Lys which resembles the mosquito.

    64th Foot (2nd Staffordshire) "The Black Knots"
    Uniform facing and Rgt badge (black knot).

    65th Foot (2nd Yorkshire West Riding) "Urmston's"
    Rgt Colonel's name

    69th Foot (South Lincolnshire) "The Ups and Downs"
    Rgt number

    70th Foot (Glasgow Lowland)
    Recruitment city

    71st Foot (Fraser's Highlanders)
    Rgt Colonel's name.

    74th Foot (Argyleshire Highlanders)
    Recruitment area

    76th Foot (McDonnell's Highlanders)
    Rgt Colonel's name

    79th Foot (Royal Liverpool Vol's) "Liverpool Blues"
    Uniform facing colour.

    80th Foot (Royal Edinburgh Vol's)
    Recruitment city

    82nd Foot "The Duke of Hamilton's"
    Named after Rgt sponsor rather than Rgt Colonel.

    83rd Foot (Royal Glasgow Vol's)
    Recruitment city

    84th Foot (Royal Highland Emigrants)
    Rgt recruited from the discharged veterans of 1763 who had settled in British America.
    "Young Highlanders"
    Nickname of 2nd Battalion.

    85th Foot (Westminster Vol's)
    Recruitment City

    86th (Rutland Vol's)
    Recruitment area

    87th Foot "The Faughs"
    Rgt motto - 'Faugh-a-Ballagh' (Clear the Way).

    88th Foot "Keating's"
    Rgt Colonel's name.

    89th Foot (Worcestershire Vol's)
    Recruitment area

    90th Foot (Yorkshire Vol's)
    Recruitment area

    91st Foot (Shropshire Vol's)
    Recruitment area

    92nd "Stuart's"
    Rgt Colonel's name

    93rd "McCormick's"
    Rgt Colonel's name

    94th "Dundas'"
    Rgt Colonel's name

    97th "Stanton's"
    Rgt Colonel's name

    98th Foot "Fullerton's"
    Rgt Colonel's name

    99th Foot (Jamaica Rgt)
    Recruited from the Midlands for service in Jamaica.

    105th Foot (Loyalist) "Volunteers of Ireland"
    Recruited from Irish immigrants in Philadelphia 1778.
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    very interesting. I'm unsure if you are saying that some of these nicks are only contemporary to the Napoleonic era, or if all can legitimely be used during the BOA frame period.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Pocus
    very interesting. I'm unsure if you are saying that some of these nicks are only contemporary to the Napoleonic era, or if all can legitimely be used during the BOA frame period.
    Pocus,

    All of the nicknames listed are contemporary for the BoA time period.


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    good, expect to see them in the next patch then.




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    http://www.regiments.org/regiments/index.htm
    http://www.regiments.org/regiments/n...s/amprxref.htm

    Quote Originally Posted by Le Ricain
    14th Foot ?
    http://freepages.history.rootsweb.co...1/14thfoot.htm
    1688..... Colonel Sir Edward Hale's Regiment of Foot
    1751..... 14th Regiment of Foot
    1782..... 14th ( Bedfordshire) Regiment of Foot

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    17th Foot ?
    http://www.regiments.org/regiments/uk/inf/017Leics.htm
    The Royal Leicestershire Regiment

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    37th Foot / 67th foot ?
    http://www.pauljerrard.com
    The Royal Hampshire Regiment

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    Thanks to Moustic's excellent suggestion of web site and Pocus' interest, I have gone back and edited my original post. I have removed the references to the Napoleonic wars. I even discovered a new nickname (5th Foot - The Shiners) and made some corrections.

    For regiments without a nickname, I have added (as per Moustic's site) the corresponding county name. These county names I have underlined. The problem is that affiliating regiments to particular counties was done in 1782; right at the end of the BoA time period. Before this, regiments would have been nicknamed after their respective colonels' names. I have added their colonels' names to the list. I would think that using the colonels' names or given nicknames would be more historic than county designations. However, the county names give a certain flavour.


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    Thanks, I'm sure we can find a use of such interesting informations.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Ricain
    I have removed the references to the Napoleonic wars...
    ...However, the county names give a certain flavour.
    good idea and pretty work !

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    Great research fellas. If Pocus manages to incorporate even a few of these names into a future patch/update, it'll definitely add a little more to BOA's immersion.

    Good stuff!

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    I have updated the nickname list with entries for the 3rd Rgt Foot Guards.


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    I have updated list with new county designations plus a new nickname for the 33rd Rgt.


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    Ah this is great, Le Recain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldSpear View Post
    Ah this is great, Le Recain.
    Thanks for your comment. I am prepared for NCP...just need the game and forum site to list the nicks.


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    I have found two new nicks for the 46th Rgt, which I have added to the above list.


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    I have found nicks for the 23rd and 44th Rgt's which have been added above.


    'Nous voilà, Lafayette'

    Colonel C.E. Stanton, aide to A.E.F. commander John 'Black Jack' Pershing, upon the landing of the first US troops in France 1917

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    Very intresting post i have noticed 1 correction but i may be wrong the coldstreamers were not Scottish they were a mixture of both english and scottish , Today the unit is all English no scottish in them.. Coldstream is a border town...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleburne View Post
    Very intresting post i have noticed 1 correction but i may be wrong the coldstreamers were not Scottish they were a mixture of both english and scottish , Today the unit is all English no scottish in them.. Coldstream is a border town...
    You are correct in that Coldstream is a border town. However, the town lies on the north side of the river Tweed. England begins on the south side of the river.

    However, thanks to your question, I found another nick...'the Lilywhites' which I have added to the Coldstreamers.


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    you missed one, royal army supply corps, RASC aka run away someones coming !!!

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    Le Ricain great work!

    I am doing some research for a what-if scenario. What if King George III had decided to send more regiments, during the Revolutionary War, to America? The king felt he would rather increase the strength of old regiments than raise new regiments. He stated that (raising new regiments would) “only perplex and totally annihilate all chances of completing the regular forces, which alone in time of need can be depended upon; particularly in England, the raising (of) new corps would be total destruction to the army.” Most new corps did not receive their “beating order” until 1777. Below you will find the regiment name, any nickname I have found for the period, where the regiment was at the onset of the war, when it was raised if it had been disbanded after the French and Indian War (Seven Years War), who was in charge of raising the regiment, and any know commanding officer.

    Regiment ...................... Nickname ......................... Location
    1st Regiment of Foot “The Royal Regiment” ...............Mediterranean

    2nd Regiment of Foot “Queens Royal” ......................Tynmouth, London

    3rd Regiment of Foot “The Buffs” ............................Kent

    4th Regiment of Foot “The Kings Own” .....................West Indies

    5th Regiment of Foot ............................................West Indies to NY in 1777-8

    6th Regiment of Foot ............................................West Indies to NY in 1776

    7th Regiment of Foot “Royal Fusiliers” ......................Quebec to NYC 1776

    8th Regiment of Foot “The Kings” ............................Quebec Canada

    9th Regiment of Foot ............................................Canada with Burgoyne

    10th Regiment of Foot “The Springers” .....................Boston under the command of Francis Smith

    11th Regiment of Foot ...........................................Ireland

    12th Regiment of Foot “The Old Dozen” ....................Gibraltar

    13th Regiment of Foot ...........................................Plymouth, England to West Indies in 1780-2

    14th Regiment of Foot ...........................................Virginia in 1775 from the West Indies

    15th Regiment of Foot “The Snappers” .....................Arrived in Carolinas with Clinton

    16th Regiment of Foot “The Old Bucks” .....................Florida (HQ in Pensacola) moved to NY in 1776

    17th Regiment of Foot “Paddy’s Blackguards” .............Arrived Boston New Years Day 1776

    18th Regiment of Foot “Royal Irish” ..........................Boston

    19th Regiment of Foot “Green Howards” ....................Ireland to Arrive Charleston 1781

    20th Regiment of Foot “The Two Tens” .....................Sent to Quebec in April 1776

    21st Regiment of Foot “Royal North British Fusiliers” .....Quebec with Burgoyne

    22nd Regiment of Foot ...........................................Boston (involved in Bunker Hill)

    23rd Regiment of Foot “Royal Welch Fusiliers” .............Boston

    24th Regiment of Foot ...........................................Quebec with Burgoyne

    25th Regiment of Foot “Kings Own Scottish Borders” ....Minorca

    26th Regiment of Foot “The Cameronians” ..................April 1775 Montreal to NY late 1776 or 1777

    27th Regiment of Foot “Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers” ........Ireland to Boston 1775

    28th Regiment of Foot “The Slashers” .......................Charleston May 1776 to West Indies 1778

    29th Regiment of Foot “Vein Openers” .......................Quebec under Lt Col Thomas Carleton

    30th Regiment of Foot “Three Tens” “Three X’s” ..........Cork, Ireland to Carolina’s 1781

    31st Regiment of Foot “Young Buffs” .........................Quebec with Burgoyne

    32nd Regiment of Foot ............................................Cork, Ireland

    33rd Regiment of Foot “The Havercake Lads” ..............Carolina with Cornwallis May 1776

    34th Regiment of Foot ............................................Quebec with Burgoyne

    35th Regiment of Foot “Prince of Oranges Own” ...........Boston 1775

    36th Regiment of Foot “The Saucy Greens” .................Ireland

    37th Regiment of Foot ............................................Arrived in Carolinas ‘76 Lt. Col. Rbt Abercrombie

    38th Regiment of Foot ............................................Boston

    39th Regiment of Foot “The Green Linnets” .................Gibraltar

    40th Regiment of Foot “The Excellers” .......................Boston 1775 to W. Indies 1778 Gen Wm Adlam

    41st Regiment of Foot ............................................England; Jersey, Channel Islands

    42nd Regiment of Foot ”Black Watch” .......................NY July 1776

    43rd Regiment of Foot ............................................Boston July 1774 under Gen George Carey

    44th Regiment of Foot “The Two Fours” ....................Boston July 1775

    45th Regiment of Foot “Nottinghamshire Regiment” ......Boston July 1776 to NY 1776 (For Howe)

    46th Regiment of Foot “The Red Feathers” .................Carolina to NY 1776 (for Howe) Sir Vaughn

    47th Regiment of Foot “The Cauliflowers” ....................Boston 1774 to Quebec with Burgoyne

    48th Regiment of Foot ............................................West Indies 1773

    49th Regiment of Foot ............................................Boston June 1775 to NY Spring 1776 (For Howe)

    50th Regiment of Foot “The Queens Own” ..................Jamaica 1772 to NYC in 1776

    51st Regiment of Foot ............................................Minorca

    52nd Regiment of Foot ............................................Boston October 1774

    53rd Regiment of Foot “Old Five and Three Pennies” .....Boston 1775 to Quebec 1776

    54th Regiment of Foot “The Flamers” .........................Arrived in Carolinas with Clinton

    55th Regiment of Foot “The Cattle Reavers” ................Boston December 1775 to New York 1776

    56th Regiment of Foot “The Pompadours” ....................Gibraltar

    57th Regiment of Foot “The Steelbacks” .....................Arrived in Carolinas with Clinton

    58th Regiment of Foot “The Black Cuffs” .....................Gibraltar

    59th Regiment of Foot “The Lilywhites” ......................Boston 1774

    60th Regiment of Foot “Royal American” ....................(4 Battalions) 2 in W. Indies, 2 in St. Augustine

    61st Regiment of Foot Gooch’s Marines ......................Boston 1774

    62nd Regiment of Foot “The Splashers” .....................Quebec May 1776 under Burgoyne

    63rd Regiment of Foot ............................................Boston June 1775

    64th Regiment of Foot “The Black Knots” ...................Arrived in Boston January 1769

    65th Regiment of Foot ............................................Arrived in Boston January 1769

    66th Regiment of Foot ............................................Ireland, Lt. Gen. Joseph Gabbett

    67th Regiment of Foot ............................................Ireland

    68th Regiment of Foot ............................................Ireland or West Indies, Gen. John Lambton

    69th Regiment of Foot “The Ups and Downs” ..............Gibraltar until December 1775 then England

    70th Regiment of Foot ............................................Nova Scotia 1778 - 82

    71st Regiment of Foot “Frasier’s Highlanders” ..............Formed 1775 (2 Batl) arrived NY July 1776

    72nd Regiment of Foot “Royal Manchester Volunteers” ..Channel Islands 1778 under Col. Mawhood

    73rd Regiment of Foot “MacLeod’s Highlanders” ............Raised by Lord MacLeod (1st Battalion 1777 and the
    .................................................. ...........................2nd Battalion raised 1778) served in Gambia

    74th Regiment of Foot “Argyll Highlanders” ..................Raised December 1777 by Col. John Campbell 1,082
    .................................................. ...........................men strong arrive Halifax, Nova Scotia Fall 1778

    75th Regiment of Foot “Prince of Wales” .....................Formed in 1777, Col. W. Picton

    76th Regiment of Foot “Seven and Sixpence” or ...........Raised 1777 by Lord MacDonald (1082 men)
    .................................“MacDonald’s Highlanders” .........Sent to Jersey and onto NY in August 1779
    .................................................. ...........................Lt. Col. John Macdonnel (400 Light Dragoons)

    77th Regiment of Foot “The Pot Hooks” ......................Raised 1775 by Duke of Atholl, Also known as “Atholl
    .................................................. ...........................Highlanders”, Col. John Murry, Stationed in Ireland

    78th Regiment of Foot “Seaforth’s Highlanders” ............Raised 1778 by Earl of Seaforth, Major Alexander Mackenzie

    79th Regiment of Foot “Liverpool Blues” ......................Raised Late 1778 or Early 1779, Sent to Jamaica

    80th Regiment of Foot “Royal Edinburgh Volunteers” ......Raised in 1778 by Sir William Erskine and sent to
    .................................................. ...........................New York in August 1779, Lt. Col. Dundas

    81st Regiment of Foot “Aberdeenshire Highlanders” .......Raised 1778 under the Hon. William Gordon of Fyvie
    .................................................. ...........................for service in Ireland

    82nd Regiment of Foot “The Duke of Hamilton’s” ..........Raised in December 1777 by the Duke of Hamilton
    .................................................. ..........................for service in North America, Col. Francis Mclean Arrived
    .................................................. ..........................July 1779 Nova Scotia and sent to NY in August 1779

    83rd Regiment of Foot “Royal Glasgow Volunteers” .......Formed in 1777 under Col. George Scott; NY 1781

    84th Regiment of Foot “Royal Highland Emigrants” ........Raised in 1777; 1st Battalion Quebec, 2nd Battalion
    .................................................. ..........................Carolina’s and then Virginia, Col. Allan Maclean

    85th Regiment of Foot “Royal Volunteers” ...................Raised 1777 in Westminster by Lords Harrington and
    .................................................. ...........................Chesterfield and served in Jamaica

    86th Regiment of Foot “The Duke of Rutland’s” ............Raised West Indies late 1779 under Col. Anthony St. Leger

    87th Regiment of Foot “The Faughs” .........................1779 formed under Viscount Chewton, served in the
    .................................................. ..........................West Indies 1780 - 1782

    88th Regiment of Foot “The Devils Own” ....................Raised October 1779 under Col. Thomas Keating

    89th Regiment of Foot ............................................Formed in 1779 under Col. Lucius F. Cary

    90th Regiment of Foot ............................................Formed in October 1779 under Col. Loftus Anthony
    .................................................. ..........................Tottenham and served in the West Indies

    91st Regiment of Foot ............................................Raised in 1779 under Col. Dudley Ackland, received
    .................................................. ..........................orders 1780 for service in North America

    92nd Regiment of Foot “Donegal Light Infantry” ...........Formed 1779 under the Hon. James Stuart, Ireland

    93rd Regiment of Foot “Southerland Fencibles” ...........1779 formed under Col. William McCarmick

    94th Regiment of Foot ............................................Raised in Essex in 1779 and sent to Jamaica in 1780

    95th Regiment of Foot ............................................1780 formed under Col. John Reid

    96th Regiment of Foot “Queens Royal Irish Regiment” ...1780 formed under Col. Richard Whyte

    97th Regiment of Foot ............................................Raised 1780 under Col. Samuel Stanton

    98th Regiment of Foot ............................................Raised 1780 under Col. William Fullarton

    99th Regiment of Foot “Jamaica Regiment””The Nines” ..Raised 1780 under Maj Gen C. Rainsford

    100th Regiment of Foot ..........................................Formed 1780 under Col. Thomas Fredrick Mackenzie Humberstone

    102nd Regiment of Foot ..........................................Formed 1780 under Col. William Rowley Departed England 1781 for West Indies

    103rd Regiment of Foot “Kings Irish Infantry” ..............Formed 1780

    104th Regiment of Foot ..........................................Formed 1780

    105th Regiment of Foot “Volunteers of Ireland” ...........Raised in 1777 by Lord Rawdon in Philadelphia but,
    .................................................. ..........................not placed on the establishment until 1781


    More to follow!

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    A most excellent list. I thought that my list was pretty good, but your list is, of course, more complete. I do have somewhere additional nicks of regiments that did not serve in North America during the AWI. I could try and dig those out for you, if you are interested.

    I have always liked the 81st, which would have been my local regiment at the time. However, it did not survive the war.


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    I have discovered two new nicknames which I have added to the list for the 7th and the 23rd Regiments.


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    I have discovered a new nickname for the 20th Regiment.


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    Colonel C.E. Stanton, aide to A.E.F. commander John 'Black Jack' Pershing, upon the landing of the first US troops in France 1917

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    Nicknames of British Units during the Napoleonic Wars

    http://www.napoleon-series.org/milit..._nickname.html


    Some of the names are previous to the napoleonics wars, so they me be useful for you


    12th Foot
    The Old Twelfth
    1700s
    Number of Regiment

    The Old Dozen
    1700s
    Number of Regiment


    36th Foot
    The Grasshoppers
    1700s/1800s
    Facing color was grass green



    Some pages of The handbook of British regiments are available at google books, nicknames included in the details

    http://books.google.es/books?id=CNcN...ummary_s&cad=0



    A History of the British Army by John William Fortescue, Vol. 3 (1763-1793)

    http://www.archive.org/details/histo...tish03fortuoft



    The Organization of the British Army in the American Revolution by Edward Curtis

    http://www.americanrevolution.org/britisharmy.html
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    Thanks for the links. I will take a look at them.


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    I have discovered additional references and have added above the nicknames for the 6th Rgt, 18th Rgt, 22nd Rgt, 35th Rgt, 38th Rgt, 48th Rgt and the 63rd Rgt.


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    I have added additional nicknames for the 7th, 10th, 17th, 23rd, 53rd and 62nd Regiments.


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    i couldnt find the name from 6th to 62th..

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithlanger View Post
    i couldnt find the name from 6th to 62th..
    They were added to the very first post above.


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