Timeline of the 47th Regiment of Foot
1741. Regiment Update. The Regiment is raised in Scotland by then Colonel (General) Sir John Mordaunt (1697-1780) as Sir John Mordaunt’s Regiment of Foot in 1741. The newly-raised Mordaunt’s Regiment, which later became the 47th Foot (and then 1st Loyals), assembles for the first time on January 26, 1741 at..Read More
1745. Jacobite Rebellion. Battle of Prestonpans. The raw and inexperienced Royal army, including Lascelles Regiment (later 47th Foot and then 1st Loyals), is outflanked and breaks before the screaming charge of maddened Highlanders in the first serious conflict of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion. PICTURE SHOWS: 1) The battle of Prestonpans...Read More
1751. Regiment Update. In 1751, the Regiment, initially ranked as the 58th of Foot, is renumbered as the 47th Regiment in order to resolve persistent problems over precedence, in that all regiments of the line were now ordered to be known by number.
1758. Seven Year’s War. Through crashing surf which staves in many of their boats on the rocky foreshore, and against entrenched French infantry and artillery opposition, British troops including the 40th and 47th Regiments (later 1st South Lancashire and 1st Loyals respectively) fight their way ashore on Cape Breton Island,..Read More
1758. Seven Years’ War. After a two-week siege, the massive and very gallantly defended French fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, surrenders. The 40th and 47th Regiments gain their earliest Battle Honours, although these are not awarded until 1882, by which time they had become the 1st South Lancashires and 1st..Read More
1760. Seven Years’ War. Force including 40th and 47th Foot (later 1st South Lancashires and 1st Loyals) captures Montreal. The French capitulate, Canada passes into British possession, and English, not French, becomes established as the language of the North American continent. PICTURE SHOWS: The French surrender at Montreal