Monday, 22 December 2014

John Jenkins Designs: Collectors Club News

News of three imminent releases to add to John's Collectors Club series of figures. Enjoy!

John Jenkins Collectors Club

JJ DESIGNS COLLECTORS' CLUB SET#19 - Jacobite Rebellion 1745, Regiment Royal Ecossois, Officer with Colonel's Colours. - Deadline for placing your order December 31st 2014!

The Royal Ecossais was raised by John Drummond in 1744 and disbanded 1763.
Their organisation was to be based on that of the Irish regiments ,to be made up of 11 companies of fusiliers and 1 of grenadiers each of 50 men plus officers for a total of 660 effectives. The officers and men used to form the regiment came from several different sources, firstly from Scotsmen serving in the Irish regiments, Scottish exiles living in France together with recruits smuggled out of Scotland. With an effective of 500 men and officers assembled at St.Omer, with John Lord Drummond as lieutenant colonel, (as for all Royal Regiments, the King of France was always the colonel ) although Lord Drummond wrote on the 29th December 1744 that he was missing only 10 men to complete the regiment.
This regiment, as many other foreign regiments in tjhe French Army were not mercenaries as is often claimed, they were more often than not political or religious refugees who could not safely return to their homeland for fear of persecution.
The regiment had a strength of 350 men at the Battle of Culloden on the16th of April 1746 were they were in the second line and later they helped to cover the retreat of the Highlanders right wing, an attempt by Argyll Militia to interfere was pushed aside but in the skirmish the two battalions became separated and one , probably the 2nd battalion, was caught and surrounded by British Dragoons and forced to surrender in Inverness, the other one, together with their colours continued its retreat towards Ruthven Barracks and did not surrender until the 19th of April.
An Officer with the Regimental Colours will be a general release in January 2015.

JJCLUB-SET#20 -- Battle of Fort Carillon, Ticonderoga 8th JULY 1758, 42nd Regiment of Foot, Major Duncan Campbell of Inverawe. - Deadline for placing your order January 31st 2015!

In the year 1739, the six independent companies of the "Highland Watch", along with four newly-raised companies, were incorporated into a Regiment of Foot under John, the Earl of Crawford. This Regiment was originally numbered the 43rd Highland Regiment, but was renumbered as the 42nd in 1749.
The 42nd was sent to New York in 1756, and fought in the first battle of Fort Ticonderoga in 1758, losing over half its troops in a valiant assault on the breastworks. Prior the the action at Ticonderoga, the 42nd was given the distinction of being a "Royal" regiment, changing the uniform's facings from buff to royal blue, and earning the right to bear a distinctive seal on the colours and drums. The regiment was known from then on as The 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment or Royal Highlanders.
The 42nd is rich in tradition from the battle. Foremost is the account surrounding the death of the regiment's major, Duncan Campbell of Inverawe. The 42nd was a Campbell regiment. All 5 officer casualties at Fontenoy in 1745 had been Campbells. At some time in the 1740s Inverawe had been involved in concealing a fugitive. When it turned out the man had murdered his cousin, Inverawe turned him out in breach of a promise he had made. The fugitive appeared in a dream to Inverawe and said "I will see you at Ticonderoga". By 1758 Inverawe had served in the Black Watch for some 20 years and was the major. Only on his arrival in America did he discover the existence of Ticonderoga. The fugitive appeared again to Inverawe in a dream the night before the battle the bloodstained figure predicted his death. Inverawe was severely wounded in the battle and died at Fort Edward after his arm had been amputated.

JJCLUB-SET#21 -- The Seven Years War, French Infantry, Regiment de Bearn, Officer with Colonel's Colour. - Deadline for placing your order January 31st 2015!

The two battalions of this regiment operated on different theatres of operation for most of the Seven Years' War. The 1st Battalion remained in Europe while the 2nd was sent to Canada. The Colonels' Colour remained with the 1st Battalion in Europe. The Colonels' Colours were a white field with a white cross (this was the regular colonel colour carried by most French infantry regiment).
During the Seven Years' War, the regiment ranked 72nd and was under the command of , from 1735 to 1748 Vincent Sylvestre de Thimbrune, Comte de Valence and from January 1 1748 to November 25 1762: Chevalier de Thimbrune de Valence.
The regiment was disbanded on November 25 1762. Its grenadiers and officers were incorporated into the Grenadiers de France while its sergeants, corporals, fusiliers and drummers were offered the opportunity to serve at Saint-Domingue in the colonies by joining the Boulonnais, Foix or Quercy regiments

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