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The Forgotten Army: Fencible Regiments of Great Britain 1793 - 1816

Fencible Regiments in British North America

By Ron McGuigan                                                  

 

Name

Strength

Dates in Existence

Commander

Location

New Brunswick Provincial Regiment [1799 volunteered to convert to Fencibles, 1800 termed Royal]

six companies

c.8 February 1793  - 14 August 1802

Colonel Thomas Carleton

British North America

Royal Newfoundland Regiment [or Skinner's Fencibles]

10 companies

25 April 1795 - 31 July 1802

Colonel Thomas Skinner

British North America

Royal Nova Scotia Provincial Regiment [1799 volunteered to convert to Fencibles]

eight companies

c.8 February 1793 - 1802

Colonel John Wentworth

British North America

Prince Edward Island Fencibles [raised as St. John's Corps of Provincials, later Fanning's Corps of Island Saint John's Volunteers 1799 volunteered to convert to Fencibles]

two companies

5 February 1794 - c.5 August 1802

Colonel Edmund Fanning

British North America

Others:

Name

Dates in Existence

Commander

Location

Royal Canadian Volunteers

c.15 February 1794 - 25 September 1802

Colonel Guy Carleton, 1st Lord Dorchester

In 1799 it was discussed that they be converted to Fencibles, however, the offer was not made as they had received a bad inspection report

1st Battalion

Lt Colonel Joseph Le Moyne, Baron de Longueuil

Upper and Lower Canada

2nd Battalion

Lt Colonel John Macdonell

Upper and Lower Canada

Dunbar's Regiment of Fencible Infantry

15 June 1798

Colonel Sir Benjamin Dunbar, Bart.?

Never formed? Perhaps planned as second battalion to the Caithness Legion, in estimate for 1798/1799.

Sir Thomas Dunlop's Regiment

14 August 1798

Colonel Sir Thomas Dunlop

Never completed? in estimate for 1798/1799

David Hunter's Regiment of Fencible Infantry

15 November 1794

Never formed?

James Kann's Regiment of Fencible Infantry

1 December 1798

See Warwick, Royal Birmingham

Alexander McGrigor's Regiment of Fencible Infantry

31 July 1798

Never formed?

Morison's Regiment of Fencible Infantry

20  October 1794

Never formed?

Tyndale's Regiment of Fencible Infantry

10 August 1798

Never formed? In estimate for 1798/1799

Regiments of Fencible Infantry 1803-1816

Name

Strength

Dates in Existence

Commander

Location

Canadian Fencible Infantry

16 July 1803 - c. 24 August 1816

Colonel Thomas Peter

British North America, War of 1812

Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles

10 companies

6 February 1812 - 1816

Colonel Edward Baynes

British North America, War of 1812

Royal Manx Fencible Infantry

12 July 1803 - 1810

LCCmdt Lord Henry Murray

British Isles

Michigan Fencibles

One company

25 January 1814 - 24 July 1815

Captain William McKay

British North America, War of 1812

New Brunswick Fencible Infantry

9 July 1803

Colonel Martin Hunter

In 1810 taken into the Regular British Line as the 104th Regiment of Foot [disbanded 24 May 1817]; British North America,  War of 1812

His Majesty's New Brunswick Regiment of Fencible Infantry

10 companies

25 March 1813 - 24 February 1816

Colonel John Coffin

British North America, War of 1812

Newfoundland Fencible Infantry Regiment [Royal - 1806, Fencible later dropped from title]

9 July 1803 - 24 June 1816

Colonel John Skerrett

British North America, War of 1812

His Majesty's Nova Scotia Regiment of Fencible Infantry

10 companies

9 July 1803 - 1816

Colonel Frederick Wetherall

British North America, War of 1812

 

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: June 2003; updated 2011



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