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Quebec 1759 Photo Gallery

In Events on September 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm

A new photo gallery from our event at Westerham a couple of weekends ago. Westerham is home to Quebec House, a National Trust property and the child hood home of General James Wolfe.

Check out our gallery from Westerham

You can view the gallery by clicking here. Happy viewing!

We’ll soon have the town, down about their ears!

In Events on September 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm

It is nearly a week since we took part at the event at Quebec House and Westerham last weekend. Last weekend of course being the closest to the anniversary of Wolfe and his men triumphant victory over the French at Quebec.

The weekend saw the first outing of our soldiers a-frame tent which was shared by 4 men, it proved quite cosy! However we could have done with the 5th man just to make it extra comfortable.

I am happy to say that the overwhelming  number of British regulars amply supported by rangers saw off two French attempts to take our encampment by suprise. Although we did wonder why on earth our leaders hadn’t saw fit to occupy the high ground or post sufficient sentries…..

Our French opponents, who stopped 'making love with their faces' long enough to launch two attacks on our encampment.

A particular highlight other than our fantastic singing was the complimentary comments we recieved about our standard and attention to drill made some of the other groups re-evaluate what they were doing.

Private Walsh S. demonstrates to the awkward section the correct method for charging bayonets breast high.

 
A excellent event to end the campaign season, we are now going in to Winter Quarters with a potential drill session planned for the end of the year. If you are interested in taking the Kings shilling and joining Lambtons during the winter please contact me at walsh_adam@hotmail.com .
 

Take the Kings Shilling and join us in 2012!

Election of 1761 Part Two

In Events on May 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Last weekend saw our return to Ryedale for our 18th Century Hustings re-enactment. Although visitor numbers were quite low, those who did come to Ryedale seemed very interested in what we were trying to do.

All in all it was a very succesful weekend, albeit not for myself as I lost the election to the Tories not once but twice! Above I have put some photos from the weekend.

Election of 1761 Living History

In Events on April 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm

We’re returning to Ryedale on the 14th/15th May this year to re-enact the electric atmosphere of the 1761 election. The 1761 election is an interesting one as it was the first election following the accession of George III to the throne!

The poster for our event at Ryedale!

Although during the actual election very little changed, the aftermath would be incredibly interesting. The new kings distaste for Pitt the Elder and the Whig control of government would lead to Tory’s increasing importance at court and the end of Whig Rule. The end of 1761 would see Pitt retire from political life (for the moment) and the Kings favourite, Lord Bute, a Scotsman take a promiment role in government. Bute would eventually become defacto prime-minister in 1762.

This would be the last time any monarch would be able to use their power to chose the leader of the government. This itself would cause controversary around the freedom of government and Whigs declared George III to be an autocrat.The Kings and Butes policy of an end to intervention in Germany and peace with France would be in direct conflict with those of Pitt and divided opinion in the war weary nation.

So it was in the 1762 an unelected Scotsman would end up in charge of the government of the U.K. and deal with the goal of removing British intervention in foreign wars. Sounds familiar doesn’t it!?

Ryedale Drill Weekend – 18th Century Living History

In Events, General News on March 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

It has been a week now since our trip to Ryedale Folk Museum for our succesful drill and living history weekend. Our recruits are now trained in the art of walking and the firelock and ready to face the monsieurs.

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We’ve attached a couple of pictures from the weekend. We will be returning in May for our May 1761 Election Weekend, which will mirror the vote on proprotional representation this year. We’ll be adding more information about this in coming weeks.

In the meantime if you are interesting in joining or seeing Lambton’s in May please contact me for more information.

Pull Down the French King!

In Events on December 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm

If you have a mind to pull down the French King and are interested in getting involved in re-enactment or learning about the 18th century then we may be for you. We are looking for new recruits to take part in events during the 2011 season. We are organising an 18th Century School for Soldiers at Ryedale Folk Museum in Yorkshire on the 26th/27th February.

Accomodation will be in some of the historic buildings on the site. We will have some spare clothing and equipment for prospective new members. More information will be posted on this blog about the event, or for further information contact me!