Cobham's (10th dragoons)


10th dragoon

Brigadier Humphrey Gore raised the 10th Dragoons in 1715 as part of the response to the Jacobite rising of 1715, although they did not see any action. In 1723 command of the regiment passed to Colonel Charles Churchill who was in turn succeeded by Field Marshall Viscount Cobham in 1745.

At the outbreak of the Jacobite Rebellion Cobham's were serving on the Continent in the War of the Austrian Succession as part of a British army under the command of George II's son, the Duke of Cumberland. When early attempts to stamp out the rebellion failed Cobham's was part of the large force shipped back to Britain under Cumberland to deal with the threat.

Cumberland had only three regiments of horse, Cobham's Dragoons, Kerr's Dragoons and Kingston's Horse. In consequence at the battle of Culloden Cobham's found itself in the unusual situation of being split between the two flanks of the army. Both parts were engaged with the rebel army and in particular the rebel horse and the small units of French troops sent to aid the rebels. With victory assured it took part in the pursuit of the broken rebel army, its troopers being the first Government troops in to Inverness, the Jacobite headquarters before the battle. Subsequently it played an active role in policing the highlands and the hunt for the fugitive Prince Charles Stuart, particularly along the Aberdeenshire shore around Stonehaven.

In 1760 the regiment won its first battle honour at Warburg during the Seven Years War. Later the regiment became the 10th Hussars and today continues in existence as The King's Royal Hussars.

Today's recreation of Cobham's 10th Dragoons, circa 1745 was begun in early 2001 and is the newest addition to the Government forces of Lace Wars and the only cavalry regiment. Considerable research has gone in to the uniforms and equipment, the coats are based on an original in Edinburgh Castle and the swords on an example in the collections of the Royal Armouries. Just like the dragoons of the mid-eighteenth century today's Cobham's train to fight both on foot and on horseback. On foot members make use of the Short Land Pattern Musket and bayonet that all dragoons carried in addition to their swords and a pair of pistols.

The other main Government unit is Colonel Harry Pulteney's 13th Foot, another regiment that fought at Culloden. Both Cobham's and Pulteney's are actively seeking recruits to swell their ranks and all members will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


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