XLVIIth Regiment of Foot
In the center of each colour is to be painted, or embroidered, in gold
Roman characters, the number of the rank of the regiment, within the
wreath of roses and thistles on the same stalk. The second colour of
those regiments which are faced with red or white, is to be the red cross
of St. George in a white field, and the Union in the upper canton.
The 47th was raised in 1741, under Sir John Mordaunt.
In 1743, General Peregrine Lascelles assumed command of the
regiment and it became known as Lascelles' Regiment of Foot.
The regiment first saw action at the Battle of Prestonpans
during The Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. Lascelles' Regiment
was ranked as the 58th Foot in 1747, finally becoming the
47th Regiment of Foot in July of 1751.
The 47th Foot arrived in North America in 1750, and was
serving in Nova Scotia at the outbreak of the French and Indian War.
The 47th participated in the capture of Louisburg in July of 1758.
On September 13, 1759, the 47th Foot together with the 43rd, formed
the centre of the front line of General Wolfe's Army fighting on the
Plains of Abraham, above the city of Quebec. The regiment took
part in the defense of Quebec, and in the expedition against
Montreal in 1760. The 47th returned home in 1763.
The 47th Foot returned to America in 1773, landing in
New Jersey. The regiment was sent to Boston in October of 1774,
where it took part in the fight on Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775.
The 47th was among the reinforcements sent for the defense of
Quebec in 1776. Serving with the force under General Burgoyne
on the Great Lakes, the 47th Foot was compelled to surrender at
Saratoga on October 17, 1777. After being imprisioned for
some time in America, the regiment returned home in 1781.
The 47th Regiment of Foot was granted the
county title of the Lancashire Regiment in 1782.
The front [of the drums] to be painted with the colour of the facing
of the regiment, with the King's cypher and crown, and the
number of the regiment under it.
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