British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century: The 3rd (King’s Own) Light Dragoons

A series of regular blog posts displaying images from “British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century”; a set of trade cards issued by Badshah Tea Co. of London in 1963. 


#16: The 3rd (King’s Own) Light Dragoons

“This was one of the regiments of Dragoons raised in 1685 by James II at the time of the Monmouth Rebellion. This is a trooper in the uniform of about 1832 with the red jacket favoured by William IV. In 1861, the 3rd converted to Hussars.”

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Trooper, 3rd (King’s Own) LD, c. 1832.

Sites of interest about the 3rd (King’s Own) Light Dragoons / Hussars:

National Army Museum page on the 3rd (King’s Own) Light Dragoons (who later became the 3rd King’s Own Hussars).

The Queen’s Own Hussars Museum web page on the history of the regiment. This museum is due to be re-homed  from it’s original premises in the ancient Lord Leycester’s Hospital in Warwick. You can visit the website on the relocation project and donate here.

Extensive Wikipedia page on the 3rd (King’s Own) Hussars.

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British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century: The 2nd Life Guards

A series of regular blog posts displaying images from “British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century”; a set of trade cards issued by Badshah Tea Co. of London in 1963. 


#15: The 2nd Life Guards

“Charles II formed the Duke of Albermale’s Troop of Life Guards in 1660. In 1788 they became the 2nd Life Guards and in 1922 they were amalgamated with the 1st Life Guards. Our illustration shows an officer in full dress of the Waterloo period.”

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Officer, 2nd Life Guards (c.1805)

Sites of interest about the 2nd Life Guards:

National Army Museum page on the 14th Light Dragoons (who later became the 12th Royal Lancers).

My painted versions of the 1st Life Guards wearing Waterloo-era uniforms from the Nappy Cavalry Project.

The Household Cavalry Museum website.

British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century: 7th Queens Own Hussars

A series of regular blog posts displaying images from “British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century”; a set of trade cards issued by Badshah Tea Co. of London in 1963. 


#14: The 7th (Queen’s Own) Hussars

“This is the uniform of an officer in the 7th Hussars about 1846. This regiment was converted from Light Dragoons to Hussars in 1807 and another card in this series depicts and officer in 1805.”

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Officer, 7th Hussars (c.1846)

 


Sites of interest about the 7th Queens Own Hussars:

National Army Museum page on the 7th Hussars.

Website of the Queens Own Hussars Museum. By the end of 2017, the MoD requires the Regiment to close the existing museum and re-house it with the Queens Royal Irish Hussars Museum at one site. Donations are being sought here.

British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century: 7th Queens Own Light Dragoons

A series of regular blog posts displaying images from “British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century”; a set of trade cards issued by Badshah Tea Co. of London in 1963. 


#13: 7th Queens Own Light Dragoons

“This regiment was raised as Dragoons in 1689 and was then known as Cunningham’s Regiment of Dragoons. The regiment was then converted to Light Dragoons in 1783 and to Hussars in 1807. An officer in the uniform of 1805  is depicted on this card.”

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Officer, 7th Queens Own Light Dragoons (c.1805)

Sites of interest about the 7th Queens Own Light Dragoons:

National Army Museum page on the 7th Queens Own Light Dragoons (later the 7th Hussars).

Website of the Queens Own Hussars Museum. By the end of 2017, the MoD requires the Regiment to close the existing museum and re-house it with the Queens Royal Irish Hussars Museum at one site. Donations are being sought here.

And finally, I have a vague idea of painting this very regiment and adding them to the Nappy Cavalry Project using Zvezda’s Prussian Black Hussars from the 7 Years War…

British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century: The Royal Horse Guards

A series of regular blog posts displaying images from “British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century”; a set of trade cards issued by Badshah Tea Co. of London in 1963. 


#12: The Royal Horse Guards

“The Royal Horse Guards or “Blues” were raised at the same time as the Life Guards but did not become part of the Household Cavalry until 1827. This is a uniform of a trooper of the Horse Guards in 1818.”

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Sites of interest about the Royal Horse Guards:

National Army Museum page on the Royal Horse Guards.

My own Waterloo-era Horse Guards figures (in uniforms worn just prior to this one).

The Household Cavalry Museum in Horse Guards, Whitehall, London.

Excellent short historical overview of the regiment on the British Empire site.

British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century: 14th Light Dragoons

A series of regular blog posts displaying images from “British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century”; a set of trade cards issued by Badshah Tea Co. of London in 1963. 


#11: The 14th Light Dragoons

“This regiment was raised as Dragoons in 1715, converted to Light Dragoons in 1776, to Hussars in 1861 and in 1922 was amalgamated with the 20th Hussars. This is an officer of the regiment at the beginning of the 19th Century.”

 

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Officer, 14th Light Dragoons (c.1808)

 

Sites of interest about the 14th Light Dragoons:

National Army Museum page on the 14th Light Dragoons (who later became the 12th Royal Lancers).

My own painted Light Dragoons (the 13th Regt) from the same era from the Nappy Cavalry Project.

The Light Dragoons Regimental Association.

The British Army at Waterloo: Impressively painted figures of the 12th Light Dragoons at Waterloo. This blog features one man’s project that aims to represent every British soldier at Waterloo (31,500 men) in 28mm figures.

British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century: 4th Light Dragoons

A series of regular blog posts displaying images from “British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century”; a set of trade cards issued by Badshah Tea Co. of London in 1963. 


#7: The 4th Light Dragoons

“[Like two other cards in this series] this illustrates one of the uniforms of the 4th Light Dragoons. This uniform was worn during the period  just before the regiment was converted to Hussars in 1860.”

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4th Light Dragoons (c.1860)
Sites of interest about the 4th Light Dragoons:

National Army Museum page on the 4th Queen’s Own Hussars (Light Dragoons).

The old museum of the Queen’s Own Hussars is due for closure in 2017 but a project for the replacement (in a merger with the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars museum) is underway. The new Warwick-based Queen’s Royal Hussars museum is currently fund-raising and donations are being accepted through this new website.

Roger Fenton photograph of officers of the 4th Light Dragoons during the Crimean War.

British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century: 6th Dragoon Guards

A series of regular blog posts displaying images from “British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century”; a set of trade cards issued by Badshah Tea Co. of London in 1963. 


#6: The 6th Dragoon Guards

“Raised in 1685 and known as the King’s Carabiniers, partly because the men were armed with long pistols known as ‘carabines’. The regiment was amalgamated in 1922 with the 3rd Dragoon Guards to form the Prince of Wales’ Dragoon Guards. This is an officer in 1888.”

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Officer, 6th Dragoon Guards (c.1888)
Sites of interest about the 6th Dragoon Guards (also known as the Carabiniers):

National Army Museum page on the 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers).

The museum of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, of which the 6th Dragoon Guards are an antecedent.

 

 

British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century: 13th Light Dragoons

A series of regular blog posts displaying images from “British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century”; a set of trade cards issued by Badshah Tea Co. of London in 1963. 


#4: The 13th Light Dragoons

“This regiment formed part of the Light Brigade in the famous charge at Balaclava and our picture shows a trooper of this period. In 1861 the regiment was converted to Hussars and in 1922 amalgamated with the 18th Hussars to form the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own).”

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Trooper, 13th Light Dragoons (c.1854)

Sites of interest about the 10th Hussars:

Ogilvy Trust webpage on the 13th/18th Royal Hussars and Light Dragoons museum.

The Light Dragoons Regimental Association website.

National Army Museum webpage on the 13th Hussars.

And I’ve painted the 13th LD in both their Napoleonic and, like here, their Crimean campaign uniforms. See blog post here. And here

British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century: 5th Dragoon Guards

A series of regular blog posts displaying images from “British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century”; a set of trade cards issued by Badshah Tea Co. of London in 1963. 


#3 The 5th Dragoon Guards

“This regiment was raised in 1685 as the 7th Horse and became the 5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales’) Dragoon Guards in 1804. It was amalgamated with the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons. The uniform shown here is that of an officer of William IV.”

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Officer, 5th Dragoon Guards (c. 1830)
Sites of interest about the 5th Dragoon Guards:

National Army Museum page on the 5th Dragoon Guards

Site of the Royal Dragoon Guards museum in York. (One day, I will visit…)

Cheshire Military Museum page dedicated to the 5th/6th Dragoons; the successor regiment formed following the amalgamation of the 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte of Wales’s) and The Inniskillings (6th Dragoons).