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Private, 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot, 1758-1767

Private, 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot, 1758-1767

The 60th Regiment of Foot was unusual in the British infantry in that it had four battalions rather than the usual single battalion, and that it was largely recruited from foreigners. It had initially been planned to be recruited in the 13 American colonies but volunteers were lacking and many Swiss, Germans and other nationalities were recruited. The four battalions participated in all campaigns in Canada between 1756 and 1764. Unlike other British infantry regiments, the coats of the privates and corporals of this regiment had no lace until 1768. (Library of the Canadian Department of National Defence)