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 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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