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39th (Dorsetshire)
Regiment of Foot
United Kingdom 
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1689.03.08 Viscount Lisburne's Regiment of Foot
1692.02.01 Richard Coote's Regiment of Foot
1697 disbanded in England

1702.08.29 Richard Coote's Regiment of Foot
re-formed in Ireland without lineal connection to previous regiment; also known until 1751 by the names of ten other colonels
1751.07.01 39th Regiment of Foot
1782.08.31 39th (the East Middlesex) Regiment of Foot
1795 absorbed 104th Regiment of Foot (Royal Manchester Volunteers)
1807.10.29 39th (the Dorsetshire) Regiment of Foot
"Dorsetshire" title belonged 1782-1807 to 35th Foot; "East Middlesex" title passed to 77th Foot
1881.07.01 united with 54th (West Norfolk) Regiment of Foot , to form The Dorsetshire Regiment
pip History of The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment (Army site)
1/39th Foot (Dorsetshire) Regiment [in Australia] 1825-1832, by B & M Chapman.
    [1st Battalion] [1702-1881]
    2nd Battalion [1803-1815]
Depot and Reserves:
  ? Depot Battalion [1856-1871]
  39th Brigade Depot at Dorchester [1873-1881]
Plassey, [Gibraltar 1779-83]1, Albuhera, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, Peninsula, Maharajpore, Sevastopol

1.  the Castle and Key badge superscribed "Gibraltar 1779-83" and subscribed "Montis Insignia Calpe" (dates added 1909).
Note: see also successor for belatedly awarded battle honours.

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Badges: construction sign
Uniform: ?-18uu: scarlet; facings: pale green
18uu-1881: scarlet; facings: pea green
1689.03.08 Adam (Loftus), 1st Viscount Lisburne
1692.02.01 Col. Richard Coote

1702.02.12 Col. Richard Coote
1703.03.17 Lt-Gen. Nicholas Sankey
1719.03.11 Brig-Gen. Thomas Ferrers [also 23rd Dgns, 17th Foot, Ferrers's Foot]
1722.09.28 Brig-Gen. William Newton
1730.11.10 Lt-Gen. Sir John Cope, KB
1732.12.15 Lt-Gen. Thomas Wentworth
1737.06.27 Gen. John (Campbell), 4th Duke of Argyll, KT
1738.11.01 Lt-Gen. Richard Onslow
1739.06.06 Col. Robert Dalway
1740.12.28 Brig-Gen. Samuel Walter Whitshed
1743.06.14 Maj-Gen. Edward Richbell [also 17th Foot, 61st Foot]
1752.03.14 Lt-Gen. John Aldercron
1766.08.06 Gen. Sir Robert Boyd, KB
1794.07.02 Gen. Nisbett Balfour [also 93rd Foot]
1823.10.28 Lt-Gen. Sir George Airey, KCH
1833.03.04 Lt-Gen. Hon. Sir Robert William O'Callaghan, GCB
1840.06.15 Gen. Sir Frederick Philipse Robinson, GCB [also 59th Foot; Gov. Tobago 1816-27]
1852.02.11 Lt-Gen. George Burrell, CB
1853.01.17 Gen. Sir Richard Lluellyn, KCB
1867.12.08 Gen. Sir Charles Thomas van Straubenzee, GCB
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Motto: construction sign
Nicknames: Sankey's Horse, The Green Linnets, The Flamers
Anniversaries: construction sign
Freedoms: construction sign
Marches: construction sign
Musicians: construction sign
Mascot: construction sign
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:


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monument Military Museum of Devon and Dorset, Dorchester (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
monument The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester (museum site)
monument The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester (Simonides listing)
monument The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester ( listing)
Short Histories:
book Cannon, Richard. Historical record of the Thirty-ninth, or the Dorsetshire Regiment of Foot: containing an account of the formation of the regiment in 1702, and of its subsequent services to 1853. London : Parker, Furnivall, and Parker, 1853. (Historical records of the British Army)
book Roach, John. The 39th Regiment of Foot and the East India Company, 1754-1757. Manchester : John Rylands Library, 1958. [Reprinted from Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, v. 41, no. 1 (Sept. 1958)]