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1739  14th Light Dragoons marched from Dungannon to Bandon.

1753  Captain Bradshaw’s Company

1753  Sergent Col George Bowcowan’s Regiment

1753  Captain Conningham’s Company

1754  Colonel Buscouns Regiment

1743  Colonel Jordens regiment and Captain Loftus Company

1754  Sergent Colonel Jordan’s Regiment & captain Lositers Company

1755  Soldier General Brag’s Regiment & Captain Cannock’s Company.  Still there in 1758

1755  78th regiment Captain John Addison

1756  Queens Royal Regiment.  Colonel Fitzwilliam and Major Molesworth

1756  captain Alexander’s company

1758  General Folliotts Regiment

1759  General Follots Regiment and Cap Batt’s Company  (kilbrogan birth register)

1760  Soldier Thomas Herrins company & General handiside’s regiment

1760  Captain Wyans Co & Colonel Morgans Regiment

1761  Captain Mainwarings Company

1761  Sir John Whitefords Regiment

1761  Major Cunnigam Co Royal Scots

1762  1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Foot

1765  Grenadier 16th Regiment

1765  44th Regiment

1766  61st Regiment

1767  58th Regiment

1769  Colonel Hales Light Horse Regiment

1777  Bandon Boyne Infantry, County Cork 1777; blue, edged buff, yellow buttons, buff waistcoat and breeches, gold epauletts.  Ensign John Loane

1779  8th Light Horse

1782  14th Light Dragoons & Captain Monk’s Troop

1782  36th Regiment of Foot.

1784  5th Royal Irish Dragoons. 

1785  2nd Horse regiment

1786  5th Light Dragoons

1786  8th Light Dragoons. 

1787  13th Regiment Light Dragoons

1788  17th Light Dragoons. 

1793  12th Dragoons (12th Royal Lancers).

1794  14th Dragoons – see above

1795  13th Dragoons

1796 Royal County Limerick Militia

1796 & 1797  30th Foot

1797  1st Fencible Light Dragoons

1797  Lord Glentworth’s cavalry

1797  Lord Jocelyn’s cavalry

1797  Roscommon Militia

1797  On 4th January 1797 Castlereagh’s troops were ordered to march to Bantry as a number of French ships were still anchored near the shore.  They stopped for an evening just outside the town of Bandon.  Half the regiment took shelter from the driving sleet in a church.  The pews were filled with hundreds of shivering redcoats, soaked to the skin after a long days march.  Huge mounds of bread and cheese were piled on to the communion table and the chapel was lit by only one candle.  (Castlereagh.  From enlightenment to Tyranny

1797  2 Fencibles – 2nd Argyllshire Regiment.  Wore highland dress.  Under Colonel Henry Mord Clavering.  Served between 25th October 1794 and 24th July 1802 in Ireland and were disbanded in Ayr in


1797-1798  30th Foot   30th Cambridgeshire Regiment of Foot 

1797  Leitrim Militia

1797  Wexford Militia

1798  Westmeath Regiment of Militia

1798  60th Regiment

1798  Westmeath Militia

1798  9th Light Company, Bandon

1798  Dublin County Militia

1798  Galway Light Company Militia

1799  Louth Militia

1799  Nottingham Fencibles

1798/1799 and 1800 Caithness Legion

1799 Fermanagh Militia

1799  Berwick Fen Horse

1800  Royal Irish Artillery

1800  82nd Regiment

1800  3rd Guards

1800  13th regiment

1800  Loyal Cheshire Fencibles

1800  Nottingham Fencibles

1800  Louth Militia

1801  Cavan Militia

1801  16th regiment.  Still here in 1803

1801  56th Regiment of Foot

1801  Antrim Regiment of Militia

1801  30th Regiment

1801  21st Dragoons

1803  9th Dragoons

1803  96th Regiment

1803  12th Light Dragoons

1803  Wicklow Regiment

1803  Fermanagh Regiment

1804  15th Regiment

1804  Fermanagh Light Company

1804  Meath Light Company

1804  Wicklow Light Company

1804  Kerry Light Militia

1804  Kings County Militia

1804  30th Regiment

1804  Longford Militia

1804  19th Regiment

1804  96th Regiment

1804  Tyrone Regiment

1804  South Mayo Regiment

1805  Queens 97th German regiment

1805  Clare Militia

1805  71st Highland Regiment also 1806

1805  32nd Regiment also in 1806

1805  36th Foot  (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot.

1805  Kings County Militia

1806  32nd Regiment

1806  96th Foot?

1807  The 34th foot landed in Ireland and were stationed at Bandon barracks and were then placed under orders to proceed to India.  In December they sailed from Cork to Spithead and were then redirected to Steyning barracks and from there they went to Jersey and never set sail for India.

1807  1st Garrison Battalion

1807  23rd Light Dragoons

1807  2nd Battalion, German legion

1807  1st Battalion Kings German Legion

1808  40th Regiment and 1807

1808  9th Dragoon Guards

1808  90th Regiment

1808  38th Regiment

1808  23rd Dragoons

1808  South Cork Militia

1808  7th Dragoon Guards.  The regiment was stationed in Ireland from 1805 to 1810.

1809  Misconduct of the yeomanry of Bandon reported by the Earl of Bandon

1809  Royal Artillery

1810  Sligo Militia

1810  3rd Garrison Battalion

1811 Waterford Militia and 1810

1811  German Legion

1811 Royal Artillery

1811 Kilkenny Militia

1812  29th Foot

1812  Wicklow Regiment

1812  6th Foot

1812  Brunswick Hussars

1813  Wiltshire Militia

1813  12th Regiment of Foot

1813  Argyle Militia

1813  South Cork Militia

1813  34th Regiment

1813  11th Light Dragoon – Check the date

1814  12th Royals

1814  12th Veteran Batallion

1815  13th Light Dragoon - confirmed

1815  South Cork Militia  They were stationed at Mammoor camp, West of Bandon

1816  Limerick City Militia

1816  1st Dragoon Guards

1816  20th Light Dragoons

1816  95th Regiment

1816  82nd Regiment

1817  20th Dragoons and 1818

1818  4th Dragoons

1818  26th Light Dragoons

1818  Royal Artillery

1819  4 Light Dragoons

1822  Rifle Brigade

1823  57th Regiment

1825  The 14th Light Dragoons left Exeter in April and were quartered at Cork, Fermoy and Bandon where they remained for a year.

1827  3rd regiment of Dragoons

1833  28th Regiment of Foot

1834  96th Regiment

1835  43rd Regiment of Foot

1835  88th Regiment. Arrived in Cove on 10th September and went to the barracks at Charles Fort from which a company was dispatched to Bandon on 14th September.   They departed on 2nd May, 1836. 

1847  67th Regiment of Foot

1848  79th regiment

1849  12th Lancers

1849  88th Regiment

1850  41st regiment

1850  7th Hussars

1857  8th Regiment

1858  74th Regiment

1861  4th Regiment of Foot

1868  The 14th Light Dragoons were employed in aid of the civil power at the parliamentary elections in a number of towns including Bandon.  In November under Major Chapman they went to a number of places including Bandon and returned to Dublin afterwards.

1870  The 1st Dragoons were stationed.

1871  The 14th Light Dragoons C troop under Captain Russell moved from Carrick on Suir to Bandon after May.  The troop at Bandon under Captain Russell marched in aid of the civil power on the 21st August 1871 to Kinsale and returned on 23rd August to Bandon.

1872  The 17th Lancers were stationed.

1873  The 17th Lancers left Bandon and stopped in Cork for a few days

1875   4th Oct  Dragoons 7th Regmt left Bandon and 12th Regmt of Foot relieved them.  Militia band played them into town.  They walked from Kinsale

1920   1st Battalion Essex regiment stationed at Bandon Garrison.


14th Light Dragoons & Captain Monk’s Troop – Embarked for East Indies with Sir John Burgogyne.  Initially raised in 1715.  In 1739 they marched from Dungannon to Bandon.  In October 1779 they moved to Bandon from Carrigaline.  The regiment at that time consisted of 6 troops of 34 non commissioned officers and men, 23 troop horses and 3 officers per troop.  They remained at Bandon in 1780 – five troops and headquarters remaining in Bandon and 1 troop in Innishannon.  In 1781 Major G. Blakeney became the Lieutenant Colonel and the vice Sir Lieutenant J. Burgogyne, Bart was appointed Colonel of the 23rd Infantry.  They were in Bandon and Innishannon for all of 1781. On 30th June 1782 3 troops moved to Kilkenny, 3 troops to carrick on Suir and afterwards 1 troop went from Carrick on Suir to Ballyragget.  They moved back to Bandon and out stations in 1794.  Major Arthur Carter received the brevet rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 1st March and Colonel Grice Blakeney became Major General on 3rd October.  Two of the troops were sent in 1794 to Flanders and were attached to the 8th Light Dragoons on arrival.

5th Royal Irish Dragoons.  The regiment was originally named the 5th Royal Irish Lancers and was a cavalry regiment of the British Army.  In 1756 they were renamed the 5th Royal Irish Regiment of Dragoons.  This regiment was active during the rebellion of 1798.  They were disbanded in 1799.  They were accused of treachery as it was stated that their ranks had been infiltrated by rebels which was probably false.  After the campaign in the low countries of the early 1700s they stayed in Ireland for the next 85 years.  Their duties included apprehension of smugglers, highwaymen and other dangerous criminals, the control of the irish peasantry and garrison duties.  The regiment was divided up and billeted in various locations around the country and was not kept as a cohesive unit.

8th Light Dragoons.  The regiment was first raised in Ireland as Henry Conynghams Regiment of Dragoons.  In 1751 it was formally titled 8th Regiment of dragoons and was designated light dragoons in 1775 as the 8th regiment of Light Dragoons.  For the latter part of the 18th century the regiment was exclusively stationed around Ireland helping the civil authorities.  In 1794 they moved to the Low Countries for 18 months of conflict.

17th Light Dragoons.  Were established in 1759.  They had small, lean hunter horses under 15.1 hands.  Originally they were not equipped with swords and instead their main armament was a carbine that could have a bayonet fitted, pistols and an axe.  They were trained to fire from the saddle.  At the ouset troops were recruited in Hertfordshire.  They wre enticed with a bounty of three guineas for service to the King.  In 1775 the 17th landed at Boston for the American War of Independence and they spent 8 months there.  At the end of the American War of Indepence in 1783 the 17th were transferred back to Ireland and spent 12 relatively peaceful years there.

12th Dragoons (12th Royal Lancers).  Established in 1715. To crush the Jacobite rising against George 1.  In 1718 the regiment was stationed in Ireland.  As of 1759 it had 2 squadrons and a total of 180 men.  Troops were armed with a sword, a pair of pistols and a musket.  The regiment remained in Ireland until the outbreak of the French Revolutionary wars.  Full name of the regiment beame in 1768 the 12th (The Prince of Wales’s) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Lancers)  They left in 1793 for the Mediterranean.

1796 On his return from the West Indies, Eyre Coote was sent to Ireland and stationed at Bandon under the overall command of General William Dalyrmple.  Coote had operational command of the area around Bantry where the French attempted to land in December 1796.  He became a Major General in 1798 and was given command at Dover.  Vernan Pick, major of Bandon at the time.  Royal County Limerick Militia also stationed in Bandon in 1796 and reference to Captain John Bateman.  Eyre Coote in Bandon until February 1798

30th Cambridgeshire Regiment of Foot  An infantry regiment of the British Army formed in 1702.  Involved in the Napoleonic wars and returned to England in 1791 after which they spent ten years on garrison duty.  In 1796 they moved from Colchester in England to Bandon.  In 1797 and 1798 they were stationed in Bandon.  In 1798 they moved from Bandon to Minorca in the Mediterranean.  (In 1797 the marine company was at Cape St Vincent).  The Colonel at the time was Thomas Clarke.

Copy of a letter from Sir Hugh O’Reilly, Lieutenant Colonel of the Westmeath Regiment of Militia to Lieutenant General Sir James Stewart, at Cork

Bandon, June 20, 1798


I hve the honor to inform you, that a part of the Westmeath regiment, consisting of two hundred and twenty men, rank and file, with two six-pounders (under my command) were attacked on our march from cloghnakilty to Bandon, near a village called Ballynascarty, by the rebels, who took up the best position on the whole march.

The attack was made from a height on the left of our column of march, with very great rapidity, and without the least previous notice, by between three and four hundred men, as nearly as I can judge, armed mostly with pikes, and very few fire arms.  We had hardly time to form, but very soon repulsed them with considerable loss, when they retreated precipitately, but not in great confusion; and when they regained the height, I could perceive they were joined by a very considerable force.  I, with the greatest difficulty and risk to the officers, restrained the men, halted and formed the greater part of them, when I saw that the enemy were filing off a high flank, with an intent to take possession of our guns.

A detachment of one hundred men of the Caithness legion, under the command of Major Innes, was on its march to replace us at Cloghnakilty, and hearing our fire, pressed forward, and very critically fired upon them whilst we were forming, and made them fly in every direction with great precipitation.  At the same moment, a very considerable force shewed itself on the heights in our rear.  A vast number of pikes appeared some with hats upon them, and other signals, I suppose in order to collect their forces.  I ordered the guns to prepare for action, and very fortunately brought them to bear upon the enemy with good effect; as they dispersed in a short time, and must have left a considerable number dead.  Some were killed in attempting to carry away the dead bodies.  It is impossible to ascertain the loss of the enemy, but a dragoon, who came this morning from Cloghnakilty to Bandon, reports that their loss is one hundred and thirty.

I feel most highly gratified by the conduct and spirit of the officers and men of the Westmeath regiment; and had only to complain of the too great ardour of the latter, which it was almost impossible to restrain.  I cannot give too much praise to Major Innes, Captain Innes, and all the officers, non commissioned officers and privates of the Caithness legion for their cool, steady conduct, and the very efficient support I received from them.  Our loss was one serjeant and one private.

I have the honor to be, &c

Hu. O’Reilly

Lieut Col. Westmeath regiment.

(from the book:  The History of the late grand insurrection or struggle for liberty in Ireland by Robert Emmet, Alexander Stephens, Edward Hay, John Jones (of Dublin), William parnell  1805

36th Foot  (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot. An infantry regiment formed in 1701.  The regiment was brought up to strength in Winchester by recruits from the militia before being moved to ireland in January 1800.  They formed part of an expeditionary force under the command of Brigadier General Thomas Maitland.  In 1804 they were authorised to raise a second battalion recruiting in County Durham.  That battalion saw no foreign service and was disbanded in 1814.

88th Regiment. Arrived in Cove on 10th September and went to the barracks at Charles Fort from which a company was dispatched to Bandon on 14th September.   They departed on 2nd May, 1836.  A letter was sent to Captain Rutherford signed by the provost as follows

Bandon, 2nd May, 1836

Sir – We the undersigned inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood of Bandon, having learned with regret that you are about to be removed with the detachment under your command of the Eighty Eighth regiment, consider it but justice to express to you before your departure, our perfect satisfaction at the regular and strict propriety of conduct of the men of your distinguished corps while they have been stationed here, now upward of seven months; thus proving to their friends at home as they have often done to their enemies abroad, what can be effected by uniform steadiness and high discipline.


We beg you to accept and express to your men, our very best wishes for yours and their happiness and success, and the great satisfaction we shall feel, shoud the Connaught Rangers at any future period be quartered among us”

Signed by the honourable William Bernard, Provost of Bandon, eight Magistrates, ten Clergymen and one hundred and forty eight of the most respectable and influential inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood.


To the foregoing Captain Rutherford made the following reply:-

“To the Provost, Magistrates, Clergymen and Inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood of Bandon.

Bandon, 3rd May 1836

Gentlemen – I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your very flattering address of the 2nd inst.

That the conduct of the men of the Eighty Eighth regiment, since they have been quartered here, has elicited the approbation of so numerous and highly respectable a body of the inhabitants, is to me, as I am sure it will be to every officer of the corps, a source of the greatest gratification.

The regret you express at the departure of the detachment, and the satisfaction it would afford, should the Connaught Rangers at any future period return to Bandon, must be fully participated in by every individual who has had the good fortune to be stationed here, where the officers have received such general and friendly attention, and where the men have witnessed such cordiality and good feeling.

With a deep sense of the honour you have conferred not only on me, but the Eighty Eighth regiment generally.

I have the honour to remain

Your very obedient humble servant

H.W. Rutherford

Captain 88th Commandg Detach