Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Recently painted No 15 - O'Farrell's Scots Fuzileers NYW





Another recently painted unit, the first of 2011 for my NYW army, once again they're Essex miniatures, bases are from Warbases and they're based up for BLB.

Charles Erskine 5th Earl of Mar was appointed as the regiments first Colonel on 23 September 1678. The regiment first saw action at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge on 22 June 1679. In 1685 it was engaged in suppressing the rebellion of the Earl of Argyle. Then in 1686 Thomas Buchan became colonel of the regiment. In 1688 the regiment left Scotland and marched to England in support of King James, against the Prince of Orange. After the change of power, Thomas Buchan was dismissed and succeeded by Francis Fergus O'Farrell by commission of 1 March 1689.

The regiment was sent overseas almost immediately, sailing from Gravesend, (my hometown), in March 1689 to form part of the allied force defending the Low Countries, opposing Louis XIV of France. The force included (Treasury Books for 25th January 1689/90) the 2nd troop of Guards and Grenadiers; the Royal Regiment of Horse; the Royal Regiment of Scots Footguards; Royal Regiment of Fusiliers; the Regiments of Foot commanded by Col. Charles Churchill, Col. John Hales, Sir David Coliear, Col. Edward FitzPatrick, Col Robert Hodges and Col. Francis D’O’Farrell. The army was under the command of Prince Waldeck, and the regiment served in the division under Earl (as he then was) Marlborough.
 They fought at Walcourt in on 25th August 1689, Shortly afterwards the regiment was issued with the new flintlock muskets (in about 1690), hence being named the Scots Fusiliers by Royal Warrant.
 On 27th July 1691 they were drawn up at Gerpines Camp, where their uniforms were described as “red, lined red”. They next fought at Steenkirk (or Steenkerke) on 3rd August 1692, a hard-fought but indecisive engagement. Some weeks before that battle, O’Farrell was taken prisoner by the French while on his way to a conference with the Duke of Wurtemburg (Duke Eberhard Louis, who served under William in Ireland as well as on the Continent), but was released on payment of the customary ransom. On 29th July 1693 they fought at Landen (Neerwinden), when the French forces under Marshall Luxembourg defeated William’s forces.
 During 1694 O’Farrell was appointed commander of the town of Diense in the Low Countries, one of a chain of fortified towns across the Low Countries which were fought over by the French and English. When the town was besieged on 21st July 1695 by Villeroy’s army O’Farrell surrendered to the French without firing a shot, and he was tried by a court-martial on 19th October . He was perhaps lucky, because the commander of Dixmude (which had been taken by Villeroy on his way to Diense), who surrendered at the same time, was beheaded!
 The 21st Fusiliers, were then bestowed on Col. Robert McKay on 13th November 1695, he died in December 1696. Then in 1697 Archibald Row, formerly Lieutenant-Colonel of Stanley's regiment became the new Colonel. After the peace of Rijswijk the regiment was shipped to Scotland. Row's regiment survived the 1699 disbandings on the Scottish establishment.

20 comments:

  1. Nice POST!!

    I WaIT ON my BLOG!!!

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  2. nice paint job...I think the photo's don't get across how small they are and how detailed your work is...cool post

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  3. My wife still dines out on tales of when I took her to see the Essex Showrooms.

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  4. Thanks for the comments chaps! There's not a lot of room in the Essex showroom, Rule No 1 Don't take the Mrs to see Essex showroom, Rule No2 Definatly don't take the Mrs to Essex showroom. You will open yourself up to ridicule, i.e Toy soldiers, Peter Pan and grow up you trainspotting, stamp collecting twat with toys. Also she may, (will in my case), realise how much you spend on the little fellows!!

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  5. They look great, I cant get over the clean detail sculpted into these guys at 15mm.

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  6. I just wish I had eyesight good enough to do anything as intricate as this, thanks for sharing Ray

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  7. Hullooo

    What the hell did you take her to a fig manufacturers show room for?

    Nice work Ray and a great period to game IMO, hey did you know that those troops of yours have buttons and even button lace on the front of their tunics?

    *greasy pig runs squealing and weaving from the comments box* oink oink

    cheers
    PP

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  8. Yes but the text says red lined red.

    They may have kept their good jobs when changing sides but I don't think they will be able to catch Rob Roy, Mac Gregor.

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  9. those small soldiers look awesome!

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  10. I've painted some Reaper Mini's, but I don't think I could do an army.

    http://robertfunf.blogspot.com/

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  11. If only you knew how much my neighbors hate you know.. I had to open my bagpipes MP3 folder after this... :D

    Love it!
    If I didn't live in the best country in the world, I'd move to Scotland or Ireland!

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  12. You did that yourself? you have some skills and steady hands too.

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  13. the white flag looks like starbucks logo to me

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  14. Very very nice man! :) Painting skills you got there are over the top!

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  15. Good blog, nice hobby.

    + followed:)

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  16. Thanks for all the kinds words guys'n'gals!!! All your comments greatly appreciated.
    Ray

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