The 6th Inniskilling Dragoons 1815-1890

The Dragoons from 1841 to 1846

Extract from the "Historical Record of the Sixth, or Inniskilling Dragoons" by Richard Cannon, published in London in 1847


The spring of 1841, embarked for Liverpool, and the head-quarters were afterwards established at Birmingham.

In May, 1842, the regiment commenced its march for Scotland, and was quartered at Glasgow and Edinburgh; the whole assembling at Edinburgh in August.

On the visit of QUEEN VICTORIA to Scotland in September of this year, the INNISKILLING dragoons had the honour to receive Her Majesty on landing at Granton Pier, and to furnish guards of honour, and all the Royal escorts at Edinburgh, and as far as Perth, on Her Majesty's journey to the north of Scotland. The regiment also attended the Queen to Granton Pier, when Her Majesty re-embarked for London on the 15th of September.

Routes were received in the spring of 1843, for the regiment to march to England, when the following general order was issued, dated

Edinburgh April 1, 1843
Major-General Sir Neil Douglas cannot permit the INNISKILLING dragoons to quit the North British district without expressing to Lieutenant-Colonel White, the officers, non-commissioned officers, and soldiers of that regiment, his perfect satisfaction with their conduct during the time they have been under his command. It appears very evident that the exertions of the officers have succeeded in instilling into the minds of their men, that, next to distinguished valour in the field, nothing can more fully establish the character of a British soldier than quiet, peaceable, and subordinate behaviour in quarters, which the SIXTH dragoons have so eminently displayed while stationed in North Britain. Nor can the Major-General forget the manner in which the regiment performed the honorable duties assigned to it during Her Majesty's visit to her northern dominions, which called forth approbation from the highest authorities. In taking leave of the regiment the Major-General begs to assure the officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of the SIXTH dragoons, that they carry with them his sincere and hearty wishes for their prosperity and honour, wherever their country may require their services.
By order of Major-General Sir NEIL DOUGLAS, K.C.B. and K.C.H.
(Signed) Rt Kerr, Colonel,
Assistant Adjutant-General.

On arriving in England the head-quarters of the regiment were established at Leeds; in October the regiment marched from that station to Nottingham.

The Regiment remained at Nottingham until June 1844, when it proceeded to Brighton, and remained there until April 1845, when it marched to Birmingham.

In April, 1846, the regiment embarked at Liverpool for Ireland, and on its arrival at Dublin it proceeded to Newbridge, from whence it marched in May to Longford, where the headquarters are now stationed.


The Dragoons from 1815 to 1890

Where the Dragoons served, extracted from 'In Search of the "Forlorn Hope": a comprehensive guide to locating British regiments and their records (1640-WW1)' by John M. Kitzmiller, II.

Note: Even when the Regiment was abroad, there was always a depot unit "at home" (i.e., UK), usually engaged in recruiting and domestic or civil duties. Fitzmiller does not distinguish between the front line and depot troops.

All places are in England unless otherwise stated.

Year Place
1815 Mons (Belgium), Waterloo (Belgium), Birmingham, Nottingham, Longford (Ireland)
1816 France
1816-17 Scotland
1818 Lancashire
1818-19 Edinburgh (Scotland)
1819 Birmingham,
1820 Newcastle, Gort (Ireland)
1821 Birmingham, Longford (Ireland)
1822-23 Cork (Ireland)
1823-24 Dublin (Ireland)
1824-25 Glasgow (Scotland)
1825 York
1826 Manchester
1827 Dorchester, Sheffield
1828-29 Manchester, Nottingham
1830 Manchester, Nottingham, Dundalk (Ireland)
1831 Cork (Ireland), Dublin (Ireland)
1832 Longford (Ireland)
1832-33 Cahir (Ireland)
1833 Dublin (Ireland)
1834 Dundalk (Ireland), Edinburgh (Scotland)
1835 Newcastle, Nottingham, Glasgow (Scotland)
1836 Ipswich, York
1837 Nottingham, Cahir (Ireland)
1837-38 Brighton
1838-39 Dorchester
1840 Manchester
1841 Dublin (Ireland)
1842 Newbridge (Ireland)
1843 Glasgow (Scotland)
1844 Edinburgh (Scotland)
1847 Longford (Ireland), Newbridge (Ireland)
1845 Brighton, York
1846 Birmingham, Manchester
1848 Monmouthshire, Dundalk (Ireland)
1849-50 Dublin (Ireland)
1851 Dundalk (Ireland), Limerick (Ireland)
1852 Edinburgh (Scotland)
1853 Canterbury
1854 Ipswitch, Balaclava (Crimea), Causeway Heights (Crimea)
1855 Sevastapol (Crimea), Hounslow Heath, Windsor
1855-56 Crimea
1857 Shornecliff, Alipur (India)
1858 Aldershot
1858-59 Indian Mutiny
1859 Kirkee (India)
1860 Mhow (India)
1860-61 Meerut (India)
1861 Kirkee (India)
1862 Exeter
1862-67 Mhow (India)
1863-64 Aldershot
1865 Brighton
1866 Hounslow
1867 Cahir (Ireland)
1868 York, Dublin (Ireland)
1869 Manchester, Longford (Ireland)
1870 Newbridge (Ireland)
1871 Brighton, Dundalk (Ireland)
1872 Dublin (Ireland)
1873 Aldershot
1874 Hounslow, Midlands
1875 Shornecliffe, Dublin (Ireland)
1876 Norwich, Dundalk (Ireland)
1877 Colchester, Dublin (Ireland)
1878-79 Umballa (India)
1878-80 Glasgow (Scotland)
1879 Edinburgh (Scotland)
1880 Norwich, Afghanistan
1881 Transvaal (South Africa)
1881-86 Sealkote, North-West Frontier (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan etc)
1884-90 Beauchanaland (South Africa), Natal (South Africa), Zululand (South Africa)

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