LVIIIh Regiment of Foot
Originally raised as the 58 th Reg t of Foot in 1740.
Renumbered the 60 th Regiment of Foot (Anstruther's Regiment) in 1755
Renumbered the 47 th Regiment of Foot for a short time in 1756
The regiment was renumbered the 58 th in October, 1756.
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 black, is to be St. George's cross
throughout; Union in the upper canton; the three other cantons, black.
This Regiment was first raised in 1740 as the 58th Regiment of Foot.
For the next seventeen years, the regiment underwent a few name
changes. In December 1755 the regiment was renumbered the 60th
Regiment of Foot under Lieutenant General Robert Anstruther, and
was then known as "Anstruther's Regiment." Sometime in 1756 it was
re-designated the 47th Regiment of Foot. Finally in October, 1756, the
regiment was again renumbered the 58th Regiment of Foot. In 1782 it
was granted the county title of the Rutlandshire Regiment. The 58th is
now incorporated into the present-day Royal Anglian Regiment.
The 58th arrived in America in 1758, where it saw action during the siege
and capture of Louisburg and at Quebec under General Wolfe. The regiment
was also involved in the winter defense of Quebec, and the advance on
Montreal, where the surrender of Pierre de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil's
troops on 12th September, 1760, just one year after the death of Wolfe,
brought an end to the conquest of Canada. The 58th Regiment of Foot
departed America in 1762, sailing for Cuba.
British Regimental Colours were carried into battle for the last time in
January 1881, when the 58th Regiment of Foot carried their Colours
into battle against the Boers in the Transvaal, South Africa.
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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