3rd (East Kent, The Buffs) Regiment of Foot
United Kingdom
1572 Thomas Morgan's Company
formed for service in Holland
1605 expanded to brigade of four regiments
1665 The British brigade, numbering three English and four Scottish regiments were required to take the oath of allegiance to the States-General or be cashiered. The English refused and disbanded in Holland. The Scots continued in Dutch service until 1794 when they were placed on the British establishment as 94th Foot.
1665.05.31 The Holland Regiment
formed in England from repatriated veterans of the three disbanded English regiments in Dutch service; also known until 1751 by the names of colonels
1689 Prince George of Denmark's Regiment
1751.07.01 3rd Regiment of Foot, or The Buffs
1782.08.31 3rd (East Kent, The Buffs) Regiment of Foot
1881.07.01 The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
reorganised as the county regiment of East Kent, encompassing also its Militia and Volunteer infantry


Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde, Malplaquet, Dettingen, Guadeloupe 1759, Douro, Talavera, Albuhera, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, Toulouse, Peninsula, Punniar, Sevastopol, Taku Forts, South Africa 1879
Uniform: coat: scarlet, lapels and cuffs: buff, turnbacks: buff, lacings: white with 3 thin lines dark blue/red/buff on each side
1572 Thomas Morgan
1665.05.31 Col. Robert Sidney
1668.08.12 Maj-Gen. Sir Walter Vane [killed at Seneffe] [also 6th Foot]
1673.12.12 Lt-Gen. John (Sheffield), Duke of Buckingham (3rd Earl of Mulgrave), KG
1682.11.06 Col. Philip (Stanhope), 2nd Earl of Chesterfield
1684.01.26 Lt-Gen. John (Sheffield), Duke of Buckingham (3rd Earl of Mulgrave), KG [reappointed]
1685.10.23 Brig-Gen. Sir Theophilus Oglethorpe
1688.12.31 Gen. Charles Churchill
1707.02.26 F.M. John (Campbell), 2nd Duke of Argyll, KG, KT (Earl of Islay, Lord Lorne) [also 4th Tp Horse Gds, R Horse Gds, 3rd Horse, Lorne's Foot(1), Lorne's Foot(2), Argyll's Foot; Gov. Minorca 1712-16; MGO 1725-40]
1711.02.26 Col. John Selwyn
1713.04.14 Brig-Gen. Archibald (Douglas), 2nd Earl of Forfar
1716.01.05 Gen. Sir Charles Wills, KB [also 1st Gds, 30th Foot]
1726.08.26 Col. Thomas (Pitt), 1st Earl of Londonderry
1729.11.24 Lt-Gen. William Tatton [also 24th Foot]
1737.06.27 Lt-Gen. Thomas Howard [also 24th Foot]
1749.08.21 F.M. Sir George Howard, KB
1763.05.13 Col. John Craufurd [also 85th Foot [1759-63, 1777-83]]
1764.11.22 Maj-Gen. Ralph Burton [also The Rifle Brigrade originally 95th Foot]
1768.11.07 F.M. Sir Jeffrey (Amherst), 1st Baron Amherst, KB [also 2nd Tp Horse Gds, 2nd Tp Horse Gren Gds, 15th Foot; Col.-in-Chief 60th Foot; C-in-C North America; Gov. Virginia]
1779.04.21 Lt-Gen. William Style
1786.04.18 Gen. Thomas Hall [also 79th Foot, [1757-63, 1778-84]
1809.12.29 Gen. Charles Leigh [also 20th Foot, 82nd Foot]
1815.08.09 Lt-Gen. Sir Henry Clinton, GCB GCH [Junior] [also 55th Foot, 1st Bn 60th Foot]
1829.12.21 Gen. Sir George Don, GCB, GCH [also 36th Foot, 96th Foot, [1803-18], 9th West India Regt]
1832.01.30 Gen. Kenneth Alexander (Howard), 1st Earl of Effingham, GCB [also 4th Tp Horse, 20th Foot, 70th Foot]
1845.03.18 Gen. Sir Henry King, CB, KCH, KC [also 1st West India Regt]
1854.07.25 Lt-Gen. Sir Nathaniel Thorn, KCB, KH [also 20th Foot]
1857.01.29 Lt-Gen. Nicholas Wodehouse
1857.12.12 Maj-Gen. Sir Henry Havelock, KCB [died at Lucknow]
1857.12.12 Lt-Gen. Berkeley Drummond
1860.05.04 Gen. Hon Charles Grey [also 71st Foot]
1863.07.06 Lt-Gen. John Wharton Frith [also 2nd West India Regt]
1864.09.09 Lt-Gen. Day Hort Macdowall
1870.09.15 Lt-Gen. Hon. Sir James Lindsay, KCMG
1874.08.14 Gen. William Craig Emilius Napier [also 25th Foot]
Mottos: Veteri Frondescit Honore, Invicta
Nicknames: The Old Buffs, The Nutcrackers, The Resurrectionists
Marches: The Buffs, The Men of Kent
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