106th Regiment of Foot (Black Musqueteers)

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The 106th Regiment of Foot (Black Musqueteers) was an infantry regiment of the British Army from 1761 to 1763.

On 29 January 1761 Isaac Barré received a commission as lieutenant-colonel and on 17 October of the same year was given a letter of service to raise a regiment of foot. Raised in Ireland, the regiment was duly numbered as the 106th, and it was formed by the regimentation of independent companies. They moved to England in the following year, where they saw service quelling disturbances by tinners in the stannary districts of Devon.[1][2]

The regiment was at its highest strength of over 600 men in November 1762, never reaching its establishment strength of 1034.[3]

With the ending of the Seven Years' War the size of the army was reduced, and the regiment was disbanded on 24 April 1763.[3] Barré, who had been elected member of parliament for Chepping Wycombe, was compensated by being appointed Adjutant General on 8 March 1763.[4]


  1. ^ "106th Foot Timeline". British Light Infantry Regiments. Retrieved 2 March 2014.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Pollock, Arthur William Alsager (1875). The United Service Magazine, Volume 137. H Coulburn. p. 437.
  3. ^ a b Vane, William Lyonel (1914). The Durham Light Infantry, the United Red and White Rose. Gale & Polden. p. 106.
  4. ^ The Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art, Volume 16. Leavitt, Trow, & Company. 1849. p. 168.

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