The Era of the British Redcoats

Despite their failings, the people of one small group of offshore islands have been responsible for the colonization and transformation of over one quarter of the earth's surface.

During 300 years of overseas expansion the British - consisting of the English, Scots, Irish, Welsh and Manx - built an empire that spanned North America, much of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Ocean.

But Britain was not alone in its territorial ambitions and inevitably found itself in conflict with Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and French interests. In order to protect and expand its colonial possessions, Britain set about building a regular army - a force that would eventually paint a quarter of the world's map red.

From its earliest use in Cromwell's 'New Model Army', the red coat was to become synonymous with the British Empire.

It was there at the forging and loss of Britain's first empire on the north-eastern seaboard of America and instrumental in the building of an even greater British Empire in the Caribbean, Canada, India, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

It was there, torn and bloodied in the now forgotten campaigns of South Africa, Ceylon, Burma, China, Afghanistan, the Crimea and the Sudan in which thousands of British Redcoats sacrificed their lives.

Beginning in the 17th Century, we trace the origins and follow the trail of the British Redcoats, over three centuries, as they fought their way across continents and oceans, to create and defend the British Empire.


Images of British Redcoat Figure above courtesy of Greystones Collectibles

Image courtesy of The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Castle & Museum, Scotland.

British Redcoats and Regiments Museums.

Learn more of the British Redcoats and Regiments by visiting:

The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Museum.

The National Army Museum

The Royal Armouries

Image courtesy of Taunton Garrison.    Photo: Marley Spencer.

British Redcoats and Regiments Living History.

Learn more of the British Redcoats and Regiments by visiting: 

The Brigade of the American Revolution (USA).

Battle of Prestonpans 1745

Taunton Garrison.

Image courtesy of The Royal Sussex Regimental Society

The British Redcoats Collection.

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