In 1688 a third regiment of Foot Guards were added to the English establishment, (this was not the later Scots Guards as they were still on the Scottish establishment). The Garde te Voet formed the backbone of William III's invasion force of 1688, along with a number of other Dutch regiments, the Guards were hired and paid for by the English crown, from 1688 until 1699.
The Blew Garde as they were also sometimes known, fought at the Battle of the Boyne, leading the charge across the river to attack Oldbridge. At the the Boyne and the battle of Steenkirke, they were commanded by Graaf Henrik Trajectinus van Solms, who after Steenkirke was blamed by the English foot regts for the failing to support them during the battle, which ultimately lead to their defeat. Solms was killed during the battle of Landen/Neerwinden in 1693, in the defence of the village of Landen.
During the Nine Years War most Dutch regiments were made of a single battalion, however the Dutch Guard had three. The three battalions contained nine companies in the first and second battalions and eight in the third.
The figures are from Essex miniatures, painted and based by myself. I also made the flags with a little help from an article by Bill on The Wars of Louis Quatroze blog. Check out the site for more info on William's Dutch Guards. I was unsure what to do for the second flag, so once again borrowed a few ideas from Barry's gallery on the League of Augsburg website and also from an old copy of Wargames Illustrated, sorry I can't remember which issue.
So whith the Dutch Guard finished, I've now got to decide what other three Dutch units to paint?? I'm thinking of painting, Brandenberg and Slangenberg as they were also both in English pay for the period and I've got flags for them, so only one remains, any suggestion??????????
Thanks for looking