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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!


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.

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 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.

The Manual Exercise

In drill, ryedale folk museum on February 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm

In the run up to our Drill Session at Ryedale Folk Museum, we have decided to add a couple of articles about the nature of drill in the 18th century. Following on from where we left off last time, our recruits tells us he was ‘soon dismissed from the school of walking, and was put to learn the use of the firelock to face the monsieurs’.

As discussed in our previous post we draw of drill from three sources the 1759 Treatise by Humphrey Bland, Cumberland’s Exercise of Foot 1757 and the Platoon Exercise 1757.

The Manual Exercise is the exercise each soldier was expected to learn to enable him to move a firelock effectively. The First 26 consist of the positions each soldier would be expected to learn including the Shoulder, Rest, Poise etc. Each movement was governed by either the beat of the drum or a count of 1,2.

It was only during the manual exercise that the ranks and files were to be opened. The distance between ranks being ‘6 feet or 3 paces distant and 1 pace or 2 feet distant in file spacing’ allowing the man to carry out the exercise unhindered.

The 2nd part of the exercise was that of the Platoon Exercise, this exercise was perhaps the most important for in learning the platoon exercise recruits would learn to load and fire the firelock. Each movement again is to be carried out with a 1,2 timing. The quick and correct loading of the firelock being of utmost importantce in the heat of battle. It not being unheard of new recruits to load muskets repeatedly without firing a round only for the weapon to explode.

Bland even highlight the importance of the Platoon Exercise

This dexterity of carrying out these movements becomes clearer when consdiering the manual also states that in firing the files are to be drawn shoulder to shoulder and the ranks are to be one pace distant.

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!