IXth 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 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.
"Raised in 1685 by King James II, the Ninth was originally named
Colonel Henry Cornwall’s Regiment of Foote. The 9th Regiment, has
a well deserved reputation for overcoming the odds in trying situations.
Being both reliable and steadfast was a quality this regiment possessed
and was much desired by Commanders who wished for victories and
successful campaigns. Much like other Regiments who helped to defend
the Empire, their history is varying, colorful and spanned the far parts of the
globe; seeing action in the Mediterranean, Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar and
Havana. In 1776 during the Great rebellion , or as the American’s called it,
The American War for Independence, they went to the relief of Canada.
Then, in the 1777 Campaign, was part of General John Burgoynes expedition
to Albany ,New York to split the Colonies in half and hasten the suppression
of the rebellion. With Burgoyne’s defeat at Saratoga and the surrender of
his army, the Ninth faced a long internment in Boston until returning to
England in 1782. During this incarceration, the Americans were unsuccessful
in capturing the Ninth Regiment's Colours, which remained hidden in the
personal luggage of Lt Colonel John Hill. Both the King's, and Regimental
Colours were presented to the King, upon Hill's return to England."
Courtesy of Vincent Pensak of the re-created 9th Reg t of Foot.
"As a student of the 9th Regiment since 1978, I have learned a lot about
the Regimental History, its membership, and uniform of the 1776, 1777 period.
One of the many features that stand out to me is their Stand of Colours. Presented
to the Regiment in 1772, inspected and recorded as new, their appearance must
have seemed as strangely unique to the 9th then as they do us today. The first thing
one notices is that the center devices do not match as illustrated in these pictures.
Since both Colours exist today in England examination has been made, and some
conclusions have been drawn about this mismatch. The Kings Colour was completely
made up and embroidered new for 1772. The Regimental Colour was partially made
up new except for a rectangular piece of yellow silk which has the embroidered device
from an earlier Colour. Looking at the original Colour, that rectangular patch can still be
seen. Since the last Stand of Colours was presented in the late 1750’s, the center device
was present at Florida, the Bahamas, Cuba, and duty in Ireland, before it was carefully
removed and attached on to a new Regimental Colour. In a new Field, this Colour then
went on to witness more duty in Ireland, crossing the Atlantic to North America, service
under General Carleton in 1776, and service under General Burgoyne in 1777. In Oct of
1777, before the convention of Saratoga was complete, Lt Colonel John Hill removed both
Colours from their staff and hid them in his personnel luggage rather then burn or surrender
them. Upon his return to England, he presented them to the King who made Hill his aid de camp.
The colours were given back to John Hill and remained in His family until lately when they
were presented to the authorities to be displayed in Sandhurst. Capt. Waterhouse Lindsey’s
Company of HM 9th Regiment of Foot in North America has reproduced the
Regimental Colour including the rectangular center device and display it Proudly."
Courtesy of Bob Fry of the re-created 9th Reg t of Foot.
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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