Extract from Fortescue,
Vol III page 539
“……almost at the same time the hand of reform overtook the still more useless corps known as the Horse Guards and Horse Grenadier Guards. It was none too soon, for though the two troops of Grenadiers might have been accounted in some degree soldiers, the Horse Guards were simply a collection of London tradesmen, and, in the Duke of York's judgment, "the most unmilitary troops that ever were seen." 1 Both Horse Grenadiers and Horse Guards were now reorganised 2 into the two regiments which still stand at the head of the Army List with the title of First and Second Life Guards
1 Cornwallis Correspondence) i. 402.
2 Secretary's Common Letter Book, 14th March 1788.
so much for Englands Elite.