WILLIAM III (of Orange, 1650-1702, King of Great Britain)

Fine Document signed 'William R' at the head appointing Richard Hamaker, Gentn., as "Lieutenant to the Company of Granadiers in Our Regiment of Foot Commanded by Our Trusty and Welbeloved Colonel William Seymour whereof John Gilbert Esqr. is Captain", Hamaker is to discharge this duty "by Exercising and well disciplining as well the Inferior Officers as Soldiers of that Company", and commanding him and them "to observe and follow such Orders and Directions from time to time as You shall receive from Your Captain or any other Your Superior Officer according to the Rules and Discipline of Warr", signed also "By His Majesty's Command William BLATHWAYT" (circa 1649-1717, Secretary at War 1683-1704, Clerk of the Privy Council 1689 and other offices), papered seal of William III, vellum, 1 side 7¾" x 14¼", Court at The Loo (Het Loo, at the Hague), 25th August signature faded but legible, weak impression of the papered seal, note of registration in left hand panel partly unclear, small hole at meeting of former folds and small defect in right margin, some browning in text especially at the ends of lines but all can be made out

In 1694 William Seymour (1664-1728, M.P., later Lieutenant General) took command of the former Lord Cutts' Regiment of Foot. In 1698 it was converted to a Marine Regiment until disbanded the next year. Seymour went on to command two other regiments of foot until 1717, one of which, The Queen's, was a Marine Regiment between 1703 and 1710.

Item Date:  1696

Stock No:  54986     



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