Geese in the service of France
The Régiment Irlandois de Dillon – Dillon’s
to our friends – is a small and friendly group recreating
part of the French Army’s Irish Brigade of the period
1735-1748. Members portray both soldiers and civilian
camp followers, to give a full flavour of life in the
mid eighteenth century. Having begun in 2008 with quite
literally four men and a dog, we are now a thriving
society with members from throughout the UK and beyond.
The historic Régiment de Dillon was
one of the first to be formed out of Irish Jacobite
exiles after the Glorious Revolution, and had a distinguished
career that included service in Spain, Germany, Flanders,
Scotland, and North America. With the rest of the Irish
Brigade it took part in the decisive charge that helped
win the Battle of Fontenoy in 1745, and in the following
year elements of the unit served in Scotland under Prince
Charles Edward Stuart as part of the famous battalion
of Irish Picquets.
As a Living History group, we strive
to be as authentic as possible in terms of accurate
representations of costume and accoutrements, but we
have members skilled in manufacturing most items of
kit and so cost for a new member ought not be prohibitive.
Meetings and Drill sessions are held throughout the
year to keep members in touch and stop our skills going
rusty, and we take part in a variety of events throughout
the re-enacting season as part of Lace
Dillon’s welcomes recruits of all ages
with an interest in the history of the eighteenth century
and an enthusiasm for getting the most out of Living
History as a hobby.
Vive le Roi!