The Battle of Aughrim

This detail from a depiction of the battle of Aughrim was painted by John Mulvany in 1885, two hundred years after the battle, in 1691. The action is lively and it conveys the brutality of warfare well. But the artist had little information on how the soldiers were dressed at that time. The Williamite cavalry are in red uniforms, fighting with green-clad cavalry which are presumably Jacobite Irishmen. They wear metal helmets with a white plume. In the foreground a red-coated trooper is struck, and threatened by a green-coated figure who wears a hat that is more Napoleonic than 17th century. The Williamites are dressed in uniforms that are more mid-18th century.

Regimental details


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by Stephen Luscombe