86th Regiment of Foot

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86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot, know as the Royal Irish Rifles from 1881.

Chronology

  • 1793 raised as Sir Cornelius Cuyler's Shropshire Volunteers at Shrewsbury from men of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire as a volunteer corps
  • 1794 became the 86th (the Shropshire Volunteers) Regiment of Foot
  • 1795 absorbed personnel of 118th Regiment of Foot
  • 1806 became the 86th (The Leinster) Regiment of Foot
  • 1812 became the 86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot
  • 1881 amalgamated with the 83rd (County of Dublin) Regiment of Foot to form The Royal Irish Rifles
  • 1921 became the Royal Ulster Rifles
  • 1947 grouped with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and Royal Irish Fusiliers into the North Irish Brigade
  • 1968 amalgamated with the 83rd (County of Dublin) Regiment of Foot to form The Royal Irish Rifles
  • 1991 amalgamated with the Ulster Defence Regiment to form the new The Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th and Ulster Defence Regiment).

Service in British India

External Links

Historical Books Online