Duke of Buckingham's Light Infantry ("The Sky Blues")

The Duke of Buckingham's Light Infantry is a fictional regiment of the British Army depicted in a series of historical novels by John Mackenzie.

The Colonel of the regiment is Sir Ambrose Villiers, a nephew of the eighth Duke of Buckingham. He has been with the regiment since he was a young Ensign at the Battle of Malplaquet (1709). He commanded a company of the regiment (indicating at least Captain's rank) during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715.

They are known as Villiers’ Regiment of Foot (after its Colonel), or “The Sky Blues” (from their sky-blue facings). They bear the chained-and-collared Swan badge of the Mandeville family superimposed over the Bugle badge of the Light Infantry as their cap badge.

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