86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot

United Kingdom
1793.10.30 Sir Cornelius Cuyler's Shropshire Volunteers
raised at Shrewsbury from men of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire as a volunteer corps
1794 86th (Shropshire Volunteers)
placed on Regular Establishment
1795.10.25 absorbed personnel of 118th Regiment of Foot
1806 86th (The Leinster) Regiment of Foot
1812.05 86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot
1881.07.01 amalgamated with 83rd Foot to form The Royal Irish Rifles


[Egypt]1, [India]2, Bourbon, Central India 1. the Sphinx badge superscribed "Egypt". 2. awarded 1823 for services in 1799 to 1819, including South India and 2nd Mahratta war.
Uniform: coat: scarlet, lapels and cuffs: deep orange, turnbacks: deep orange, lacings: white with central black line
1793.10.30 Gen. Sir Cornelius Cuyler, Bt. [also 69th Foot]
1794.06.20 Gen. Russell Manners [also 19th Light Dgns, 23rd Lancers]
1795.03.25 Gen. William Grinfield
1804.01.05 Gen. Sir James Henry Craig, KB [also 22nd Foot, 46th Foot, 78th Foot, 82nd Foot [1757-68, 1777-83]; Gov. Lower Canada 1807-11, Gov. Cape 1795]
1806.10.30 Lt-Gen. Sir Charles Ross, Bt. [also 37th Foot, 85th Foot]
1810.06.25 Gen. Francis (Needham), 1st Earl of Kilmorey [also 76th Foot (McDonnell's Highlanders) [1777-84]
1832.12.03 Lt-Gen. William George (Harris), 2nd Baron Harris of Seringapatam and Mysore, CB, KCH [also 73rd Foot]
1835.12.04 Maj-Gen. Hon. Sir Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby, GCMG, KCB, KCH [also 1st Dgns]
1836.03.31 Gen. Sir James Watson, KCB [also 14th Foot]
1837.05.24 Lt-Gen. Sir Arthur Brooke, KCB
1843.08.25 Gen. John Maister [also 2nd West India Regt]
1852.05.26 Maj-Gen. Roger Parke
1854.05.08 Lord James Hay
1862.08.19 F.M. Sir John Michel, GCB [also C-in-C Ireland 1875-80]
Nicknames: The Irish Giants
Marches: St. Patrick's Day
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