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The rest is probably well known. Initially a West Country Regiment through and through, we recruited well in Plymouth and Exeter. With the passing of time members have moved to different parts of the country and we now have recruited all over the country as well. We still have a strong base in the Plymouth area, but members can now be found in most counties. Consequently, Maurice's are seen at most of the Sealed Knots events as there are nearly always members living nearby.

So… Prince Maurice's can claim to be the "Mother" Regiment of Wardlawe's, Slanning's and Grenville's.

The campaign for Authenticity has not lessened and I am sure there will continue to be room for improvement, but the formative and early years of the Society saw great change, much of it instigated by the Rank and File rather than by the Officers.

To be fair, the early members had a difficult job obtaining costume and equipment. We "made do". Members themselves started to research costumes, make weapons and equipment, which has meant that today new recruits can be kitted out quickly and accurately.

Tales of battles past can be a tedious thing, best related in the beer tent at a muster when the listener is as pickled as the storyteller. (In any event, some 17 years worth of battles all tend to merge together). Suffice it to say here that the Regiment has supported battles both large and small all over the Country. As a Regiment we have run battles for the rest of the Society, from Major Musters to small displays. This is always hard work for all concerned but only fair as we enjoy the hospitality of musters arranged by other Regiments.

The West Country Regiments continue to work together well, being now (1992) brigaded together in Prince Maurice's Tertio. (later renamed to Hopton's Tertio: Maurice's themselves later moved to the Forlorn Hope Tertio when that was formed)

In the early years the Regiment was not brigaded with any other, which meant we had a free hand to a large extent. Maurice was frequently chastised for moving the Regiment where HE wanted it rather than where he was told. His philosophy was to have us near the crowd. To be fair to him, this was not always a bad thing, for even with just swords, our fighting was very entertaining, more so than pushes of pike.

Later we were brigaded with the Cavalry (which made no real difference); then the West Country Regiments and the Queen's Lifeguard were grouped together as a Tertio. The Queen's Lifeguard left and were replaced by Rawdon's, which greatly improved the fighting strength of the Tertio. I may be biased, but the Tertio as it stands today, is, in my opinion the best equipped and efficient fighting unit in the Royalist Army, if not the Society. Certainly our fire-power is second to none.

It is interesting to note that our opponents, the Parliamentary Dragoones have also been combined under the command of Kevin Pomeroy, who was himself, in the dim and distant past, a fellow member of Prince Maurice's Regiment, before joining Wardlawes Regiment. Kevin is also Commanding Officer of Wardlawes.

Col. Generall Bob Partridge.
The First day of September, in the Yere of our Lord 1992.