The Diversity of the King's Men
Though one would assume that the King's Regiment would be made up of strictly "British stock", those of English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh backgrounds, this is not necessarily the case.
Records show us that in the context of the King's Regiment in Canada, in the year 1783, there were 429 English men, 93 Scottish, 131 Irish and surprisingly, not one "American", but instead, 42 men who were recorded as "Foreigners".
These men are not noted as to the nature of their origin, but they are recorded as not being of the noted nations. This is also reflected in the case of other Regiments, such as the 29th, that had 251 English, 42 Scottish, 128 Irish and 53 Foreigners.
While you would normally assume that the King's Regiment, a group of men from the Liverpool area would be only made up of such nations, surprisingly, or perhaps not so owing to Liverpool's nature of being a port town, there are in fact, men who are not British within the ranks of the King's Regiment, in Canada.
These men, once again, owing to the port town nature of their home county, could be from allied nations, or perhaps musicians in the employ of the Regiment, perhaps men who were forced into service, but not able to obtain their leave before a Magistrate. It is our hope, that examining further records may reveal who these men in fact were. Keep following us to see what we might uncover in the months ahead.
Our thanks to Dr. Pippin of the New York State University for kindly sharing his research with the Light Company, as always, we are grateful for your work and generosity.
Source: WO 28/10: 192-93, 204-05, 207