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The Cork Royal Garrison Artillery (Militia).

Updated 23 Sep 1999

Transcribed from public records by Michael Cronin and posted here with his kind permission.

The Cork Royal Garrison Artillery (Militia).

Hon. Colonel :-Bandon, J. F., Earl of, K.P. Lt.-Colonel:-P.S. Lemon, J. R. S.

Origin. The Militia of the City of Cork in 1584 consisted of 300 shot and 100 Billmen.

In Aug., 1666, the Duke of Ormond made a progress through the county and was escorted by the Horse Militia of each Barony. In 1667 the Militia of the City of Cork consisted of 600 foot and 60 horse.

In 1681 they amounted to 500 foot and "two gallant troops of horse".

In1691 Sir Richard Cox, as Governor, significantly increased the Militia Force of the county.

At an Array of the Militia of Cork taken in 1746 it consisted of 3,000 foot and 200 horse.

In 1760 there were two regiments of eight companies, not to exceed 60 men in each, total 960.

In 1793 the Militia of the County of the City of Cork was re-organised and completed for service, as the 27th Royal Cork City Regt.

In 1854 it was converted into Artillery, as the Royal Cork City Artillery, subsequently 3rd. Bde. S.I. Div., R.A. Based at Ballincollig.

In 1890 the 2nd. Bde. S.I. Div., R.A. (which had previously been the West Cork Artillery Regt., commanded by Colonel T. A. Lunham) was amalgamated with the 3rd Bde. as one Regt. under Colonel T. A. Lunham, (later C.B.) After various changes of title, the regiment was ultimately designated "The Cork Royal Garrison Artillery" (Militia).

Embodiments: Revolutionary War, etc. 1793 to 1814 for periods almost continuous. Crimean War 1854 to 1856. Indian Mutiny 1857 to 1858. South African War 1900, May 9, to 1900, Nov. 6.

Services. The Regiment furnished large numbers of men for the regular Army at the front during the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny.

LDS Records Quarterly Pay Lists - Cork City Militia 1856: film 0916783 Adjutants Monthly Roll - Cork City Militia 1813: film 0917573

War Office Records (available British PRO, Kew) Muster rolls / enrolment lists: Cork City 1793-1876: WO13/2687-2705. Regimental history: WO68/368.


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