18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot
United Kingdom
1684.04.01 Earl of Granard's Regiment of Foot
formed in Ireland from independent garrison companies; also known until 1751 by the names of other colonels
1688 placed on English Establishment
1695 Royal Regiment of Ireland
1747 ranked as 18th Foot
1751.07.01 18th (or Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot
1782.08.31 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot
1881.07.01 The Royal Irish Regiment
reorganised as the county regiment of Kilkenny, Tipperary and Waterford, and Wexford, encompassing also its Militia infantry


Namur 1695, Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde, Malplaquet, [Egypt]1, [China]2, Pegu, Sevastopol, [New Zealand]3, 1. the Sphinx badge superscribed "Egypt". 2. the Dragon badge superscribed "China". 3. awarded for services in 1863-1866.
Badges: The Harp and Crown. The Escutcheon of the Arms of Nassau (in the four corners of the Regimental Colour).
Uniform: coat: scarlet, lapels and cuffs: blue, turnbacks: blue, lacings: white with wavy blue line
1684.04.01 Lt-Gen. Arthur (Forbes), 1st Earl of Granard
1686.03.01 Col. Arthur (Forbes), 2nd Earl of Granard (Lord Forbes)
1689.03.01 Col. Sir John Edgeworth
1689.05.01 Col. Edward (Brabazon), 4th Earl of Meath
1692.12.19 Maj-Gen. Frederick Hamilton
1705.04.01 Lt-Gen. Richard Ingoldsby [also 23rd Foot]
1712.02.18 Brig-Gen. Robert Stearne
1717.12.24 Brig-Gen. William Cosby
1732.01.07 Brig-Gen. Sir Charles Hotham, 5th Bt.
1735.05.13 Maj-Gen. John Armstrong
1742.12.18 Gen. Sir John Mordaunt, KB [also 47th Foot]
1747.12.22 Lt-Gen. John Folliott [also 61st Foot]
1762.04.01 Gen. Sir John Saunders Sebright, Bt. [also 52nd Foot, 83rd Foot [1757-64, 1777-83]
1794.02.26 Gen. Sir James Murray, Bt.
1811.04.27 Gen. John (Hely-Huchinson), 2nd Earl of Donoughmore, GCB [also 57th Foot, 74th Foot, 94th Foot [1760-63, 1780-83, 1794-96]]
1832.07.23 Gen. Matthew (Aylmer), 5th Baron Aylmer
1850.03.09 F.M. Sir John Forster Fitzgerald, GCB [also 62nd Foot, 85th Foot]
1877.03.25 Gen. Clement Alexander Edwards, CB [also 2nd Foot]
Mottos: Virtutis Namurcensis Praemium
Nicknames: The Namurs, Paddy's Blackguards
Marches: Garry Owen, St. Patrick's Day
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