Learn a little Ontario history as told through its plaques
The King's Royal Regiment of New York
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004
Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted April, 2012
Coordinates: N 44 13.773 W 76 28.812
The largest Loyalist Corps in the Northern Department during the American Revolution, the King's Royal Regiment of New York was raised on June 19, 1776 under the command of Sir John Johnson. Originally composed of one battalion with ten companies, it was authorized to add a second battalion in 1780. The regiment, known as the "Royal Yorkers", participated in the bitter war fought on the colonial frontier. It conducted raids against settlements in New York and was also employed in garrison duty. When active campaigning ceased in 1783, the regiment assumed various responsibilities, notably the establishment of a base here, in preparation for the settlement of the Loyalists. It was then fully disbanded, its officers and men settling near New Johnstown (Cornwall) and in the Cataraqui townships.
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Posted May 8, 2013
Thank goodness for these Historical Plaques to remind us all of the unswerving fidelity of those United Empire Loyalists who came before us and laid the foundation of what later became Ontario.
William E Beattie
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