No. 1 London and Westminster Light Horse
(see original 1798 description below)
London and Westminster (see map). This Corps was an earlier creation than many of the others – in 1779. Britain was at war on three fronts: The Revolutionary War in America, the East India Company, with British troops, surrendered to the Marathas in Wadgaon, India, and were forced to return all territories acquired since 1773 and the Siege of Gibraltar began. The London & Westminster Volunteers were a group of well connected gentry from across the whole of London (London and Westminster by this time being two neighbouring cities).Loyal Volunteers of London
(The image below, the original of which is in the custody of the National Portrait Gallery, London, is shown for historical interest and is not for sale)
Original Description of the unit from 1798:
LONDON AND WESTMINSTER LIGHT HORSE VOLUNTEERS.*
COMMANDER, COLONEL HERRIES.
This very respectable and brilliant Association, consisting of six Troops, was first formed in the year 1780, and takes Precedency of all other Volunteer Military Associations. They have been frequently reviewed, and as often received the warmest testimonies of approbation from the highest authorities.
OFFICERS’ NAMES AND RANK.
Lieutenant Colonels, Beachcroft and Bosanquet.
Captains, Dunlop, Colling, Dorrien, Bird, Harris, and Harrison.
Lieutenants, Downing, Markham, Smith, Steuart, Shiflher, and Hoare.
Lieutenant and Adjutant, —— Gordon.
Cornets, French, Wilson, Beachcroft, Cornwall, Sutton, and Walford.
Secretary, Mr. Hughes.
* For a description of the London and Westminster Cavalry dismounted, see No. VI. among the Infantry.
|Dimensions||25.5 × 32.5 cm|