Fusiliers 1685


The Fusiliers acted as an escort to the guns on the line of march while the artillery train would be manned by men who were not necessarily trained for soldiering. James II's warrant of 1685 for the raising of the regiment mentions 100 aprons per company of 100 men. From this it would seem that they were expected to do a certain amount of work with the guns, which would have included handling the chevaux de frise and other defences. This illustration shows men with aprons carrying the spiked chevaux de frises.


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by Stephen Luscombe