King's 8th Light Coy.

The Light Company of the King's 8th Regiment of Foot has been established as a means through which members of the living history community can develop and share their knowledge, skills and research in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Reenactors, those taking part in this hobby, are welcome to participate and learn what they can from those around them, while contributing for the betterment of all.

Those new to the hobby who are interested in portraying a more progressive side of the Revolutionary War era, will be warmly welcomed and provided with the necessary guidance and resources to participate as full, knowledgeable members of the Light Coy.

Representing the Light Company of the 8th, this group will participate in a variety of events across North America and beyond, though emphasis will be placed on the Great Lakes expeditions and events, covering the historical actions of the Light Coy. and the 8th, at large. 

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

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