This Day in History: 1793-09-27

In response to the threat posed by the French Revolution, the 82nd Regiment of Foot (later 2nd South Lancashires), is raised by Major General Charles Leigh and placed on the Army Establishment. “Chiefly recruited in the counties of York, Lancaster, Lincoln, Stafford, and Worcester.”

General Leigh was part of the Prince of Wales’s entourage, which led, with Royal consent, to the regiment using the Prince’s badge and motto and the title ‘Prince of Wales’s Volunteers’. All are proudly carried by the Regiment and its’ successors for the next 177 years, until the Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers) is amalgamated into the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment in 1970.