Origin and history

This regiment was raised by the Count of Tessé in 1674 as gentlemen regiment.
It became Mestre Camp Géneral of dragoons in 1684 when Mr. de Tessé obtained to its favor this new office by repurchasing that of mestre of camp of the carabins that belonged to the count of Quincy. Marie François Henri Franquetot, count de Coigny possessed this regiment from 24 January 1754 to 16 October 1771.

Colonels-lieutenant during the seven years war were: Gabriel Augustin of Franquetot, count of Coigny from March 1748 to 27 March 1761, then succeeded him Jean Charles, marquis of Ville until 1771.

Service during the Seven Years War

The regiment joined the army of the Hanovre. Distinguished at the battle of Hastembeck. Occupied Minden, Hanover and Zell.
It participated to the1758 campaign in Germany , at Crefeld.
In 1759 the regiment returned to France along the French coast.

Distinctive of uniforms and saddle cloth

1750 ordonnance : Red coat, cuffs, waistcoat and lining. Red housing and holster-caps edged with a black braid. Red fatigue cap and turn-up, edged with a black braid. Black epaulet and sabre-strap.

1757 ordonnance (E.M. 1759-1760): Red coat and waistcoat. White cuffs and lining. Waistcoat with white lapel and pattelette on the sleeve of the waistcoat. White buttons.



Housing colours

In 1740, Lémau gave red housing, edged with a white braid and in the angles the arms of this office; six crossed flags embroidered.
The 1750 ordonnance indicated red housings and holster-caps edged with black braid without specifying if the attributes of Colonel General were embroidered, nevertheless it was very probable.

Drummers and oboes

Drummers and oboes wore the livery of Coigny House (unknown).

Regimental flags


Flags had a blue obverse sown with gold fleur-de-lis and a white reverse with only a scroll with a black embroidered motto "VICTORIA PINGET" in a parallel to the pole, gold fringed