The 86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot was an infantry regiment of the British Army, formed in 1793 and amalgamated into The Royal Irish Rifles following the Childers Reforms in 1881.
86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot Wikipedia
The regiment was raised in 1793 as a volunteer corps in Shropshire, and taken into the British Army the following year as the 86th (Shropshire Volunteers). In 1795, after the Battle of Groix it absorbed the remnants of the disbanded 118th Regiment of Foot (Fingall's Regiment), which had been raised in 1794 for service as marines.
In 1809 it became the 86th (Leinster) Regiment of Foot, and then in 1812 it was renamed as the 86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot.
In 1881 it became the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. Its lineage is continued today by the Royal Irish Regiment.
Battle honours won by the regiment were:Egypt (sphinx superscribed "Egypt")
India, Bourbon, Central India
Captain Henry Edward Jerome - 1858, Jhansi (Indian Rebellion of 1857).
Lieutenant Hugh Stewart Cochrane - 1858, Jhansi (Indian Rebellion of 1857).
Private James Byrne - 1858, Jhansi (Indian Rebellion of 1857).
Private James Pearson - 1858, Jhansi (Indian Rebellion of 1857).
Colonels of the Regiment were:1793–1794: Gen. Sir Cornelius Cuyler, Bt.
1794–1795: Gen. Russell Manners
1795–1804: Gen. William Grinfield
1804-1806: Gen. Sir James Henry Craig, KB
1806–1810: Lt-Gen. Sir Charles Ross, Bt.
1810–1832: Gen. Francis Needham, 1st Earl of Kilmorey
1832–1835: Lt-Gen. William Harris, 2nd Baron Harris of Seringapatam and Mysore, CB, KCH
1835–1836: Maj-Gen. Hon. Sir Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby, GCMG, KCB, KCH
1836–1837: Gen. Sir James Watson, KCB
1837–1843: Lt-Gen. Sir Arthur Brooke, KCB
1843–1852: Gen. John Maister
1852–1854: Maj-Gen. Roger Parke
1854–1862: Gen. Lord James Hay
1862–1881: F.M. Sir John Michel, GCB