Re: Where can I find information about 3rd (Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards?
- From: john.geneal@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2009 09:08:12 +0000
On Wed, 28 Jan 2009 11:07:49 -0800 (PST), Alan
I have an ancestor who list on his marriage bond (1799) that he was a
Sergeant in the 3 Regt Dragoons that I take to mean 3rd (Prince of
Wales's) Dragoon Guards that I found on Wikipedia.
Here is an extract from a page on the British army on the family
history pages at The National Archives web site.
Cavalry regiments were also originally known by their colonel´s name.
Regiments consisted of dragoon guards and dragoons. There were seven
regiments of dragoon guards in addition to the regiments of dragoons.
Do not confuse the 3rd Dragoon Guards with the 3rd Dragoons, they are
two different regiments. From the second half of the eighteenth
century some dragoon regiments were equipped as light dragoons and
from these were created regiments of hussars and lancers.
If you did mean the 3rd Dragoon Guards then there is a regimental
history written in 1834 that is available from your local LDS family
history centre and that is also on microfiche at the Society of
Genealogists in London
There are also Regimental indexes to soldiers serving in various
regiments, certainly including the 3rd Dragoon Guards, in 1806
compiled by Barbara Chambers. I do not know if your man is in them as
I don't have a copy
Do not forget the rule that they all lied about their ages, jobs, and
status, and that they all talked in a drunken foreign accent to a
vicar, enumerator or registrar who was deaf.
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