donderdag 8 oktober 2020

Mauritshuis Collection


This is an undated painting by the Dutch inventor and painter Jan van der Heyden of the city of Veere, probably 17th century, from the Mauritshuis Collection. This Collection is not accessible through the website of the Mauritshuis but through  (just search with "mauritshuis" and "painting").

Maurits is the dutch equivalent of Maurice, and in this case it's Maurice "The Brazilian", who made his fortune in Brazil, at a certain time a dutch colony. Maurice also had a carreer in the Dutch Army.

woensdag 23 september 2020

Guard of the Witt



Yesterday we talked about William III's guard but it is not quite known that from early 1672 Cornelis de Witt, also had a guard of 50 men, dressed in red coats with yellow lining.

They are depicted here on a "schoolplate". There are other sources like papers who describe them as well, but my source is HSL V, p.314 esp. note 24.

dinsdag 22 september 2020

William III's Guard




From the Hollandsche Mercurius, 1672 nr 5, a description of the Guard of William III. I presume this is his Horse Guard, as the troops are equipped with "casacken" in blue with the Prince's cypher and initials.

maandag 20 april 2020

Latest developments

As most of the 1672 related activity is posted in Facebook or twitter, this blog is not as often updated as we like to do. Some important updates are:

- Helion and company have published a series on the Franco Dutch wars, with information on regiments, uniforms and wars and batlles and the like. Check them out here

- Several organisations in the Netherlands plan big events around 1672 in the year 2022.  Coordination is done here.

- Our own research is a "still going on" project. We are not full-time historians and we are also dependant on input from our readers of course.

woensdag 28 augustus 2019

28 augustus 2019

Today is August 28th, and we people of Groningen are celebrating the lifting of the siege of the city of Groningen in 1672.

There's a fair going on, a horse show, and some re-enactors are moving around the city.

woensdag 19 juni 2019

Dutch Blue Guard 1701

German historian Klaus Roider was kind enough to share a find he made in the Neurenberg Archives (!) on the dutch Blue Guards. Their uniforms are reported as being in "full blue", the sword belt in gold, the cartridge (?) pouch embroided in gold as well.

A report from 1701 by Gottfried Jahnus von Eberstatt.

Mr Roider is the author on a book on Frankish troops in the late 17th century, which you can buy here:

vrijdag 29 maart 2019

De Garde van Willem III ~ William III's Guard

De redactie kreeg de ingeving eens te kijken in het Marineblad van 1917, waar een referentie stond naar onder andere Colonel Decker, maar ook naar het uniform van de Garde van Stadhouder Willem III. Na enig speurwerk werd de bron, van het artikel gevonden, zijnde het nieuwsblad "De Oprechte Haerlemmer Courant" van 10 januari 1673, welke meldt dat de compagnieën van de Garde "blauwe rokken" droegen. Dit vermoeden hadden we la, maar het wordt nu bevestigd!


The editors, in their continuing search in 17th century sources, were researching a lead, found in Het Marineblad, 1917 about uniforms of the Stadholder. After some digging we found the source, being the Harlem (the real one, in the Province of Holland) "true Newspaper", or in Dutch "De oprechte Haerlemse Courant" from, 10th januari 1673, in which 8 companies of the Guard are described wearing "blauwe rokken", being blue coats. We always had the idea that the Guards uniforms were blue, but this is a nice confirmation.