This Day in History: 1758-07-26

After a two-week siege, the massive and very gallantly defended French fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, surrenders. The 40th and 47th Regiments gain their earliest Battle Honours, although these are not awarded until 1882, by which time they had become the 1st South Lancashires and 1st Loyals respectively.  The St Lawrence seaway, key to the heart of French Canada, lies open to the British.