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by Foxe
Wed Feb 22, 2006 3:54 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Colours and coats of arms
Replies: 56
Views: 9456

It's your standard! The Royal arms were not, and never had been "Stuart" arms, and there's absolutely no way that a Hanoverian government source would describe the Royal arms as "Stuart". But, if you want to put a picture of the Crazy Frog on your standard you can! It seems to me though that it shou...
by Foxe
Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:19 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Kings of the Wild Frontier.....
Replies: 20
Views: 4220

There is a little bit of interest from some of the maritimey types I hang around on street corners with in doing something in the years either side of 1700ish. Maybe as late as Lovell, maybe as early as Bacon.
by Foxe
Tue Feb 21, 2006 10:15 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Kings of the Wild Frontier.....
Replies: 20
Views: 4220

Hmmm, Lovell's (or Lovewell's) does sound interesting... three or four more folks and it becomes a viable proposition.

Last year I was thinking along the lines of Nathaniel Bacon (1670s), but I could definitely go for early 18thC. Now, is there anyone else?
by Foxe
Tue Feb 21, 2006 4:26 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Kings of the Wild Frontier.....
Replies: 20
Views: 4220

Steve, I think 1720-30 is about as late as I'm really interested in going (1690-1700 is my preferred choice), so if there's any advances in that sort of era then please keep me informed. I think F&I war is just too modern for my tastes (plus, I can't afford a later musket...), but I might change...
by Foxe
Mon Feb 20, 2006 9:28 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Kings of the Wild Frontier.....
Replies: 20
Views: 4220

Depends what period we're talking about. I'd be VERY interested in doing something based on the late 17th/early 18thC colonists, Nathaniel Bacon, Benjamin Church et al. Along similar lines, I'm very interested in doing the same kind of thing as proper 17thC Caribbean buccaneers. Have you come across...
by Foxe
Thu Feb 16, 2006 6:23 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 12 Apostles
Replies: 5
Views: 1956

I agree wholeheartedly with all that, except for the last sentence. If one has only one source for something then it should never be presented to the public as common or widespread, but that's not the same as never presenting it. In this particular case you may have a point. If Teonge is referring t...
by Foxe
Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:47 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 12 Apostles
Replies: 5
Views: 1956

The reason I didn't post the full quotation in the first place is because of a small ambiguity issue, and I wanted to see if anyone else had anything to add. The bald-pated man was a Friar, so it is possible that the mention of 12 apostles was metaphorical, BUT the choice of the apostles over the sa...
by Foxe
Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:51 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 12 Apostles
Replies: 5
Views: 1956

12 Apostles

When I first started ECW re-enactment everybody referred to musketeers' bandoliers as "12 Apostles", then after a few years it was put about that the term was a Victorian invention, and everyone stopped. Imagine my surprise when reading the Diary of Henry Teonge for March, 1678 ... he had got a musk...
by Foxe
Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Monmouth Caps
Replies: 19
Views: 4069

Two small points: The Monmouth museum people say that theirs is the only surviving original, this may be so. In which case, it is only one hat out of thousands to have been produced between the 15th and 19th centuries. It's fantastic to get the details as close to the original as possible, but I thi...
by Foxe
Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:39 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: The Great Start Up debate
Replies: 42
Views: 17009

Thanks for the offer, if I ever think about retaking-up ECW re-enactment I'll consider it. Trouble is, I'm a seaman, and when we get put under the command of redcoat-landsmen we tend to mutiny and go off to join the Royalists. Actually, the reason I mentioned the tuck in my last message was because ...
by Foxe
Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:22 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: The Great Start Up debate
Replies: 42
Views: 17009

I'm inclined to agree that they called a shoe a shoe (isn't that some kind of euphemism?), but there is an interesting point again: Most of the written evidence I've seen for stertups, startups, or startops seems to be referring not to footwear, but to a legging, similar to a gaiter, which covers pa...
by Foxe
Tue Feb 07, 2006 9:53 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: The Great Start Up debate
Replies: 42
Views: 17009

Perhaps a more pertinent question would be: For what proportion of the protagonists in the ECW do we have footwear issue records?

This isn't an argument, I genuinely don't know and would like to.
by Foxe
Tue Feb 07, 2006 8:15 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: The Great Start Up debate
Replies: 42
Views: 17009

C'mon Tod, say what you're thinking! What's the worst they can do? stick a breast plate under your back and shout "bundle" to a pike blo.. oh, yeah, OK. The point about them disappearing raises some interesting questions: -How long would they reasonably last? Being sturdy agricultural shoes should c...
by Foxe
Tue Feb 07, 2006 4:25 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: The Great Start Up debate
Replies: 42
Views: 17009

The evidence for above-ankle length boots is there; Robert Morris's "Clothes of the Common Man 1580-1660", for example, contains numerous illustrations of the period showing them. There are some important points to make though: They seem to be associated exclusively with rural types, they are almost...
by Foxe
Fri Feb 03, 2006 2:14 am
Forum: General History
Topic: My Timelines
Replies: 3
Views: 1592

It's interesting how timelines can be dependent on the viewpoint. Working from (for example) a naval/maritime viewpoint different events become more or less significant. From a purely naval point of view: 55BC - first seaborne invasion of Britain 43AD-410(ish) - Romans bring trade and sea-borne forc...
by Foxe
Thu Feb 02, 2006 1:26 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Colours and coats of arms
Replies: 56
Views: 9456

The source for this colour is a written list describing the jacobite colours taken at Culloden. viz 'On a staff a white silk colours with the Stewarts Arms God Save King' If this is the case then it would suggest a Government source rather than a Jacobite one. Also, the confusion as to which Jacobi...
by Foxe
Wed Feb 01, 2006 10:46 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Colours and coats of arms
Replies: 56
Views: 9456

There is a guy (who as I don't want to misquote I wont name) who is the expert on JRS. Every one I have spoken to with any knowledge has recommned me to him. His thoughts are that the big colourfull arms are most likely to be the ones used. Based on what though? Without good reason the word of anyo...
by Foxe
Wed Feb 01, 2006 6:16 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Colours and coats of arms
Replies: 56
Views: 9456

Out of interest, what reason did the Scottish heraldry people give for supposing that it was the Royal arms rather than the Stewart arms which were being described? IMHO, if there's only one source, and it specifically describes the arms as "Stewart", then the likelihood is that it is describing the...
by Foxe
Fri Jan 27, 2006 7:36 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 40077

You're all missing the important point, which as I stated earlier is the lack of boats. Now, if all those troublesome water carriers would just pour their load into a hole in the ground we could use it to float boats on. Now there's a plan. :lol:
by Foxe
Fri Jan 27, 2006 6:17 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: The History of Re-enactment
Replies: 63
Views: 16574

I love those old camp-fire conversations that begin "when I was at < insert event here > in < insert year here >. A few years back I remember Colin from Courteney's began one with "When I was at the Battle of Hastings in 1966..." I forget the rest of the story, but it involved axes from the hardware...
by Foxe
Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:44 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 40077

Having been involved in a large multi-regiment society, a handful of small independent groups, and three federations made up of independent small groups I have to say that the most successful in terms of combining the ability to put on decent sized skirmishes and the ability to keep the politicking ...
by Foxe
Thu Jan 19, 2006 12:52 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Colours and coats of arms
Replies: 56
Views: 9456

I was a little concerned about posting heraldic descriptions in proper terms because it's not something everyone knows. I wasn't doing it to try to show off, but for the sake of simplicity. If I'd said that the Stewart arms were yellow with a wide horizontal bar in a blue and white checkered pattern...
by Foxe
Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:13 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Colours and coats of arms
Replies: 56
Views: 9456

Hmmm, would still say that if the source says "On a staff a white silk colours with the Stewarts Arms God Save King" then you're talking about the Stewart family arms, not the arms of the monarch of Britain or of Scotland (which is what the arms Or, a lion rampant gules, tressure fleury counter fleu...
by Foxe
Wed Jan 18, 2006 1:39 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Colours and coats of arms
Replies: 56
Views: 9456

Something like this

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As I said before, you could have differences in the exact width of the fesse and the pattern of the checks (you could have 3 or 4 rows for example), and they would still be right.
by Foxe
Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:19 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Colours and coats of arms
Replies: 56
Views: 9456

I would be very surprised if your man had that on his flag. The Royal arms were only flown by well, Royalty, or those acting specifically on behalf of the monarch (Lord Admirals spring to mind). Even princes and other Royal relatives would not have been allowed to use that coat of arms. Although tha...
by Foxe
Tue Jan 17, 2006 10:40 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Colours and coats of arms
Replies: 56
Views: 9456

white and silver are considered the same thing heraldically, are are yellow and gold. You're quite right about not putting metal on metal (silver and gold), or colour on colour. The simple and sensible reason is that from any kind of distance it'll all merge into one nondescript blob. Of course, reg...
by Foxe
Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:25 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 40077

Dom, the picture was, of course, a joke. I was looking for something else and came across this whole set of pictures of smiley blokes fighting and my evil little mind went into action... I recall some years ago at Shrewsbury we MAAs marched across the field in our tin suits while the archers shot st...
by Foxe
Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:05 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Who do you think you are?
Replies: 33
Views: 5954

On my mother's side I come from a long line of sailors. On my paternal grandfather's side I come from predominantly farming family in the Walthamstow area. Some of that line had more interesting jobs though, my great-great grandfather was the foreman of the gang that knocked down Newgate. The front ...
by Foxe
Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:02 am
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 40077

I think before condemning smiling happy faces during battles it would help to look at some of the evidence... :lol:

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by Foxe
Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:47 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 40077

Wow, never have I been so universally hailed as right on an internet forum before! I would happily volunteer to be among the last on. How many battles do you get more than 10 or 15 minutes good fighting anyway? Plus, if you were among the last on you can spend more time standing around with your hel...

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