Monday, April 21, 2008

So...to which "Saxe-Gotha" are you referring??

During my collecting of Seven Years War miniatures, I have somehow managed to pick several units that are all identified as “Saxe-Gotha.” Having just recently noted this, I thought it would be interesting to see if these units were all, in fact, named after the same proprietor (Inhaber or Chef depending on country).

Here are the units I have discovered with the name Saxe-Gotha. In German, it would be Sachsen-Gotha, but I will use “Saxe-.” Actually, at the time of the Seven Years War, it was technically Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg.

The ruling Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg in 1756 was Frederick III, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. His consort was Luise Dorothea of Saxe-Meiningen. Their only son of military age, Frederick, died on 9 June, 1756.

Austrian IR 30, Saxe-Gotha Infantry Inhaber ?? Raised in the Netherlands

Austrian DR 28, Saxe-Gotha Dragoons Inhaber Field Marshal Prinz Johann August prince of Sachsen Gotha, brother of the ruling Duke

Hanoverian IR 9A Infantry “Herzogin” von Saxe-Gotha Originally a Saxe-Gotha unit, then under British subsidy, then absorbed into the Hanoverian army in 1759. Later known as Saxe-Gotha von Wurmb.

Electoral Saxon IR Prinz Gotha Infantry Inhaber Johann Adolf, Prinz von Sachsen-Gotha youngest of the Duke’s brothers; captured at Pirna; reformed 1757 in Hungary and then transferred to French service

IR Saxe-Gotha Infantry Diocese of Münster Inhaber??

Ducal Saxon Regiment Infantry Upper Saxon Circle Inhaber??

DR Saxe-Gotha Dragoons Upper Saxon Circle Inhaber??

I have been unable to find a list of the full names of the Austrian Inhaber, to confirm which “Saxe-Gotha” was Inhaber of IR 30.

Any help, on any of these units, would be appreciated.

3 comments:

Ed Youngstrom said...

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Ed

Capt Bill said...

Thanks for the quick and dirty summary. It's always difficulty to track small states.
Best regards,
Wilhelm

Ed Youngstrom said...

Glad you enjoyed it. I have always found the smaller states, whether SYW, Napoleonic, or World War II to be fascinating.

Ed