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Toy soldiers and real battles: The Irish Brigade soldiers (1688 - 1791)

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Monday, October 7, 2019

The Irish Brigade soldiers (1688 - 1791)

Forever exiled from Ireland, catholic Irish soldiers, also known as Jacobites, loyal to king James, the last catholic king of England, migrated to France to continue to serve their king. Over the years, Irish regiments would be disbanded and reformed to eventually create the six infantry regiments (Welsh, Bulkeley, Clare, Dillon, Berwick and Lally) and the Fitzjames cavalry regiment that fought during the Battle of Fontenoy in 1745. The "Irish Brigade" were recognised as outstanding soldiers and played a pivotal role at the French victory at Fontenoy.
These figures of the Irish Brigade soldiers are presented at National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History.

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