An infographic from 1697…

A description of the army camp on Blackheath 1697
Nice find over on British Army Lineages – a description of the army camping on Blackheath from 1697:

Partial transcription from my squinting at the text (shout if you see mistakes, or manage to transcribe the rest!):

A description of the camp on Blackheath which begun on Thursday the 1st of July 1697.

On Tuesday the 1st day of July 1697, the 7 Regiments of Foot marcht to Black-heath in the County of Ken, about 6 Mile from London’ in order to Encamped, and having the Ground set out for the setting up their Tents’ and on Thursday and Friday the 1st and 2d Days of July, the 7 Regiments of Foot came all into the Camp, then the Camp was full, which consisteth of 7 Regiments. Lieutenant Colonel Withers Brigadier for this Camp, acteth as chief. The distance of each Regiment as they are Encamped on the Heath is 24 Paces; and between the Regiments they are xx Paces. The distance of the Foot Companies one from another, is about 4 Paces in the Front, and 12 Tents in File, two Foot between every Tent; in length 813 Paces from thence to the Brigadiers Tent.

The Lieutenants Tents are 15 paces from the Soldiers. The Captains Tents are 20 Paces from the Lieutenants. The Colonels and the Majors are 20 Paces from the Captains Tents. The Sutlers are 40 Paces in the Rear of the whole Camp.

The seven regiments incamped.

The whole army drawn up in battalia.

The Kings Battalions & Companies. Lieutentant Colonel Withers Commander in chief to this Camp. His men is Red lin’d with Blue.

3. Colonel Tireheomes(???). His Men Blew lin’d with Buff. 13 Companies.

5. Colonel Coores (???). His Men Red lin’d with Green. 7 Companies.

7. Colonel Farrington, his Men Red lin’d with Yellow 13 Companies.

6. Colonel Northcut (???) his Men Red lin’d with Green. 13 Companies.

Sir Henry Bellafis. His Men Red lin’d with Buff. 13 Companies.

2. Mjor General Stewards Fusiliers are Red lined with White. On the Left-Wing. 13 Companies.

Exercise of the Musquet.
Order you Mesquet.
Poise you Musquet.
Shoulder your Musquet,
Lay your right Hand on your Musquet.
Poise your Musquet.
Rest your Musquet.
Handle your Match
Blow your Match.
Cock and try your Match.
Guard your Pan.
Blow your Match.
Present and open your Pan.
Give Fire.
Recover your Arms.
Return your Match.
Clean your Pan with your Thumb.
Handle your Primer.
Prime your Pan.
Shut your Pan with a full Hand.
Blow off your loose Corns.
Cast about to Charge.
Handle your Charger.
Open it with your Teeth.
Charge with Poder.
Draw forth your Scowrer.

(and so on)

London, Printer by G. Croam (???) at the Blue-Ball near Bridewell-Bridge.


Filed under blackheath, history

4 responses to “An infographic from 1697…

  1. scared of chives

    That is simply amazing – thanks BB. It’s poetry!

    Five months later, Wren’s St Paul’s was opened for business (but no-where near finished).

  2. Poetry indeed.

    “Prime your Pan.
    Shut your Pan with a full Hand.
    Blow off your loose Corns.”

    You couldn’t make it up!

    Thanks for the squinting, I found it virtually impossible to decipher.

  3. Kate B

    By the way, I think the first chap is Titchcomes (prob Titchcombes), the next Cootes, the next two are bang on, and the last is Bellasis (one of those long ‘s’s).
    ‘Blow off your loose corns’, if only….

  4. scared of chives

    I’m a loose corn

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