No. 1 London and Westminster Light Horse


A New Map of the Citties of London, Westminster & ye Borough of Southwarke, with their Suburbs shewing ye streets, lanes, Allies, Courtes &c with other remarks, as they are now, Truely & Carefully delineated. W. Hollar fecit 1675. From the Crace Collection of Maps of London at the British Library, London. © The British Library Board. (ANNOTATED BY IAIN LAIRD).

(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)

The Light Horse Volunteers of London & Westminster, Commanded by Coll. Herries, Reviewed by His Majesty on Wimbledon Common 5th July, 1798 by Thomas Rowlandson; Custody of The National Portrait Gallery, London

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Original Description of the unit from  1798:
No. I.
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.
Colonel Herries.
Lieutenant Colonels, Beachcroft and Bosanquet.
Major Hoare.
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.

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Weight 0.0121 kg
Dimensions 25.5 × 32.5 cm