It may well have been the rifle company that was assigned to its brigade, which seemed to me most likely - and as Hay commanded the brigade for a good while it may have been mere association that way. However the chap who told me it was a musket company and semi-integrated into the bn was at the Royal Scots museum at Edinburgh Castle (working, not merely a passing tourist . . .). He was remarkably well informed on the Peninsular antics of the battalion and so he may have good reason. If I see him again over the summer, I'll ask.BaronVonWreckedoften wrote: ↑Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:27 amThat's interesting - 3/1st Foot was in 5th Division, which had two of the BOJ rifle companies attached to it (one of them to the same brigade as the 3/1st). There's no confusion as to which type of company it was, is there? Do you have any documentary reference by any chance?
That's possible. To be honest I hadn't thought of them continuing with third ranker skirmishers when in British service, as they look to me like they served as a light battalion (being given to Craufurd at first) and then serving in the 7th 'lite' (if you will) Division brigaded with light battalions.
http://www.napoleon-series.org/military ... kOels.html
The above article on the BOJ on the Napoleon Series website actually shows them temporarily reduced to eight companies from May to September 1811, and then back up to nine again thereafter. It isn't obvious that it is a manpower issue, as this part of the battalion remained around the 550 total throughout this period, so I had wondered if it was an attempt to equalise the formation to make it easier to manoeuvre, and the reversion to nine companies reflected an unofficial "light" company being created, rather than persevering with using third rankers as skirmishers.
I suppose it is possible they detached a company for a time and that accounts for the fall from 9 to 8 and back up. But then the manpower wouldn't fit with that. It would fit with the Royal Scots story though (albeit a much shorter period of time).