LXIXth Regiment of Foot
Originally raised as the 2d Battalion of the 24th Regiment of Foot in 1756. The regiment was renumbered in 1758.
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 to be the colour of the facing of the regiment, with the Union in the upper canton; except those regiments which are faced with red, white, or black. The distinction of the colours of the second battalion, is a flaming ray of gold descending from the upper corner of each colour towards the center.
The 69th was originally raised as the 2nd Battalion of the 24th Regiment of Foot on September 20, 1756. In January of 1758, a number of companies of the 24th Foot's Second Battalion, were assigned duties as marines on board the fleet, and sailed with Admiral Edward Boscawen for Halifax and Louisburg. Orders were issued on April 23, 1758, re-designating the 2nd Battalion 24th Foot as the 69th Regiment of Foot.
Acting as marines, the companies of the 69th took part in various actions during the siege of Louisburg in June of 1758. The 69th sailed home with the fleet, before the winter of 1759. Albeit speculation, it is logical to assume that the 69th did not receive new Colours, drums, or change lace until returning to Europe.
In 1761, the 69th Regiment of Foot participated in the attack on Belleisle, an island off the French coast near Brest. The regiment participated in amphibious operations against the French island of Martinique in the West Indies in 1762. After the capture of Martinique, the 69th Foot sailed for Ireland.
The drums, and bells of arms, to have the King's cypher painted on them,
in the same manner, and the rank of the regiment underneath.
Evidence suggests that the drum would have had depictions of the
lion of England to the upper right, lower right, and lower left of the King's
cypher within the garter, and "Regt IV" in gold leaf to the upper left.
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