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An officer of the British 16th (Bedfordshire) Regiment of Foot


Artist: Buncombe

painted in colour on card
the reverse inscribed with the sitter's name and dated 1810

The Regiment in 1809 exchanges county titles with 'The 14th (the Bedfordshire) Regiment of Foot' and becomes known as 'The 16th (the Bedfordshire) Regiment of Foot'. This was on request of the Colonel of the 14th (Bedfordshire) Regiment - Colonel and Adjutant General Sir Harry Calvert - who owned large estates in Buckinghamshire.
1810. Detachments start to return to England from Barbados and Surinam, leaving in 1810 and 1811.
1812. The last detachment leaves the West Indies. The very last group are ship wrecked off the Irish Coast with the loss of a few men, 1 wife and several children, along with all regimental documentation, equipment and property being lost. After rebuilding with English and Irish volunteers they march to quarters at Sunderland in July. 1813. Moved to Perth in Scotland that March and to Ireland in July.
War with the United States
1814. Embarked from Monkstown in Ireland in the spring for Canada as an advanced guard to the army being sent there. Landed in Quebec on the 29th May before moving to Chambly, later Montreal and finally to Fort Wellington.
1815. Rushed back to England in response to Napoleon's revival, leaving Quebec in July and arriving at Portsmouth in August before being moved to join Wellington's army at Ostend. Moved into the army of occupation in Paris and finally sent back to England. They miss the battle of Waterloo due to their transport from Canada being late and, once the treaty was concluded, march back to Calais and arrive at Dover very late in December.
1816. Moved to Ireland. Land at Monkstown 3rd February and stationed at Fermoy, Limerick and Cashel in turn.
1817. Moved to Kilkenny.
1819. Moved to Athlone in Ireland. Starting out on what would become a long period of colonial service around the British Empire, the regiment embarked from Cork 25th August, bound for Ceylon. Having spent a month in Cape Town they finally land at Columbo on February 20th 1820.
1821. In August they march to Kandy, returning to Columbo in 1824.
More Information
Provenance                 DeHoogh Gallery, Philadelphia.
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