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Winter Quarters 2012

In General News on December 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm

It’s been a hectic year in 2012. We’ve campaigned against Jacobites with Lace Wars, drummed for likely lads in Cumbria and Kent at General Wolfe’s childhood home and finally headed to winter quarters.


You can see some of the highlights from the year in our Facebook page by clicking the links below!

Ryedale Folk Museum – Keeping the Kings Peace

Westerham; Quebec House – Recruiting for the King

Murton Park -Winter Quarters

While your there why not follow us on Facebook. Next year is nearly upon us and we are looking for a few likely lads to join us in the ranks next year, as we pull down the French king.

If your heart treads high the path to glory, email us at john.lambtons@gmail.com.



And we must go a marching to the beating of the drum!

In General News on May 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm

It’s been a little while since we posted anything on the blog largely because we have been off eventing all over the U.K from Yorkshire in March, Befordshire in April and most recently Cumbria this weekend.

A recruiting party at the Cockermouth Georgian Fayre.


You can see pictures from these events by clicking the links below and browsing on our facebook page.

Coming out of Winter Quarters – Ryedale Folk Museum

Wrest Park – English Heritage St.Georges Day Festival

Cockermouth Recruiting Party – Cockermouth Georgian Fayre

We will be returning to Ryedale Folk Museum this weekend to keep the Kings Peace which has been disturbed by the local population who care not for the Militia Acts.

The Militia Acts having been enacted in 1757 as a way to bolster the home defence of the U.K and potentially free up regular units for campaign. Men in England were balloted to join the embodied militia; however those rich enough could buy their way out of the ballot. This can be seen as arguably a system of conscription by another name.

The act was universally unpopular, especially in the North of England. In 1758 at York Azzises four men were arrested for obstructing the ballot. They were eventually hung for treason. In 1761 at Hexham the North York Militia was ordered in to the town square at Hexham to support the Civil peace. Around 5000 individuals had gathered to protest against the Milita Ballot. Following building tensions the riot act was read, the crowd advanced on charged bayonets with clubs and staves. In the confusion two Militiamen were shot by their own weapons. The magistrates ordered a general fire, by the time the fire ended the 45 men were dead and over 300 were wounded.

The actual 68th was ordered to Durham to help keep the peace in 1761 although with less bloody consequences than what has become known as the Hexham Riots!

Lambton’s in Afaktor

In General News on December 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Fresh off the press, we have had a small piece published about us by those nice chaps at the German living history magazine Afaktor. Decembers issue focuses on the U.K and has features about Denis Severs House, the 13th Foot and the Diehards among many others. It certainly looks well worth purchasing a copy for those who speak German!

If you want to have a look at what the article looked like then why not have a look at our facebook page by clicking here. Or even better why not like our facebook page while you are looking!

Follow us on Facebook!

In General News on October 10, 2011 at 8:57 am

You can now follow us on Facebook by clicking here and pressing the like button!


You can now follow us on facebook!


We will be updating the page with news updates, pictures from events and historical information from time to time.

Lambtons Web Video

In General News on July 7, 2011 at 10:49 am

We made this video a while back, it’s a series of photographs taken at our event at Ryedale Folk Museum turned into a quick video for the web and marked the first real event Lambtons 68th Foot as an active living history group.

Ryedale Photo Gallery

In General News on March 21, 2011 at 10:32 am

As promised a gallery of images from our training session at Ryedale Folk Museum has now been added to the 68th Society Website. You can look at the images here.

Morier painting from the Royal Collection showing full marching order.

We’ll be returning to Ryedale in May for a 18th century hustings. Information about the event and background history will be added over the next month or so. If you are interested in visiting the event or joining Lambton’s please contact me!

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.

John Lambtons Regiment of Foot – 18th Century Re-enactment

In General News on December 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Hello, welcome to the wordpress site for John Lambtons Regiment of Foot. We are a mid 18th century progressive living history group.

We will be updating the site over the next few months with bits of research, event reports and other general news about our group. Please take some time to look around at the information already on the site. Also take the time to have a look at our parent groups website here! If you have any suggestion, ideas or would like some further information about us please contact me.