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barry gardner is now a member of Soldiers and Soldiering in Britain 1750-1815
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Keith Oliver replied to Matthew Keagle's discussion Blue uniforms for the Volunteers, why?
"Sorry have come to this very late. In the period 1794 to 1802 units were very much left to choosing their own uniforms. Many shunned red as the regular soldier was generally from the lower classes, and not what the respectable tradesmen who formed…"
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Blue uniforms for the Volunteers, why? 4 Replies

All,I have spent the past month in Britain examining late 18th century uniforms.  In doing so I have seen a number of surviving volunteer uniforms made of blue, generally faced in red.  I know that this color scheme was used frequently in the…Continue

Tags: blue, volunteers, uniform

Started by Matthew Keagle. Last reply by Keith Oliver Jul 6.

American raid on Whitehaven in 1778

Can anyone recommend any sources (primary or secondary) for the American raid on the port of Whitehaven, besides John Paul Jones's own account? Thanks in anticipation!Continue

Started by Tom Boyd Apr 29.

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The Bucks Volunteer

Today I visited Buckingham Old Gaol museum, which is well worth a visit for those interested in the history of the volunteer soldier in the 18th and 19th…


Posted by Dr Matthew McCormack on May 9, 2013 at 17:17

Call for papers - Charting the Crimean War: Contexts, Nationhood, Afterlives

A little bit outside the dates for this group, but do get in touch with Rachel Anchor if you are interested.



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Purpose of this website

Broadly, we hope to:

  • Provide a community space for academics, researchers, archivists, and the public interested in Britain’s soldiers in the eighteenth century
  • Create and link to appropriate resources on the subject
  • Introduce and integrate the public into the process of historical research
  • Provide a forum for questions, answers, and debate

Undertaking this through online social networking spaces is somewhat experimental. We don't want to…


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