George III shilling
A George III shilling

The Kings Shilling

Oh my love has left me wi' bairnies twa
And that's the last o' him I ever saw
He's joined the army and he marched awa'
He took the shillin'
He took the shillin' and he marched awa'

CHORUS
Come laddies come, hear the cannons roar
Take the King's shilling an' we're off tae war
Come laddies come, hear the cannons roar
Take the King's shilling an' we're off tae war


He looked so fine as he marched along
Wi' his kilt and sporran an' his musket gun
And the ladies kissed them as they marched awa'
He sailed out by
They sailed out by the Berwick Law

(CHORUS)

The pipes did play as he marched along
And soldiers sang out a battle song
"March on, march on," cried the Captain gay
For King and country
For King and country we will fight today

(CHORUS)

The battle rattled tae the sound o' guns
And bayonets flashed in the morning sun
The drums did beat and the cannons roar
And the shillin' didn't seem
The shillin' didn't seem much worth the war

(CHORUS)

And on they fought and the men did fall
Cut down by bayonet and musket ball
And many o' these brave young men
Would never fight for
Would never fight for their King again

(CHORUS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

POACHER PROFILE

Corporal Gonzales

Manny Gonzales
Grenadier Company
Corporal
Joined: September, 2010

Why did you join?
I liked the professionalism that 10th Regiment of Foot showed out on the field. The 10th has the best trained solders and they have the most fun off the field. They also have the best lookingand tasting food and drinks of the other regiments.

Why did you stay in the Regiment?
I look at the 10th Regiment of Foot as a big family, we are always together inside and outside of the hobby. The 10th regiment is a place where you can be yourself and have fun.

What do you do in your real life?
Besides being a Corporal in the Kings Army, I am Project Manager of Learning and Development for Liberty Utilities.

What are your interests outside of the Regiment
I am a big Football fan “GO PATS” I play Golf, Ice Hockey, Traveling, Running 5K’s hanging out with friends & family.

Wedding

In 2014, Cpl.Gonzalez was married, complete with a full Regimental parade outside of the church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAKE the KING'S SHILLING

George III

To "take the King's shilling" simply meant to enlist in the army, one shilling* being the earnest payment made to each new recruit. In the 18th century, the British Army was a professional, volunteer service. Men were not "pressed" nor "sentenced" into the ranks, but were patriotic volunteers looking to serve King and Country and possibly find a little adventure along the way.







Recruiting Poster In this same spirit, we ask you to "take the King's shilling" and volunteer for service in His Majesty's Tenth Regiment of Foot.

The Tenth Foot holds a military exercise on the third Wednesday of each month (except December) at 1900 hours (7:00 pm). Please see the schedule for our Monthly Military Drill for the location of each drill.

There are openings in our Grenadier, Light Infantry, and Music companies and no military experience is required. However, dedication to hard work, excellence and a good sense of humour are a necessity.

Contact Captain Winston Stone or Sjt. Major Charles Duffy to schedule a visit.



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REQUIREMENTS

For the complete list of requirements for Private Soldiers and Musicians, please read the Regimental policies on ADMITTANCE to RANKS.

Recruiting PartyTo be sworn to service in the rank and file (i.e. Grenadiers or Light Infantry) as a Private Soldier, a recruit must be at least 15 years old, physically able to handle a 2nd Pattern Brown Bess musket (weight ~12 lbs) and the rigors of marching in the summer while wearing a wool uniform, complete Recruit School, and demonstrate proficiency in 18th century military drill by passing the Serjeant's Exam.

We also are looking for recruits to become Drummers or Fifers in our Music Company. Musical experience is desirable, but not required. An enthusiastic attitude along with dedication to hard work, excellence and a good sense of humour are much more important.

To be sworn to service as a Drummer or Fifer, one must be at least 10 years old, be able to handle the physical rigor of marching in parades and on the field while drumming or fifing, complete the components of Recruit School applicable to musicians and pass the relevant components of the Sejeant's exam.

In addition, the Tenth Regiment is supported by a Corps of Civilian Volunteers,. A very important component of 18th century regimental life, the camp "followers" provided necessary support to the soldiers’ daily existence. So, if you are interested in living history, but don't want to be in ranks as a soldier or musician, there is a place for you in the Tenth.

501c3 STATUS

No matter what role you assume in the the 10th, soldier, musician, follower, all of your regimental expenses (such as clothing, mileage, etc.) are tax-deductible as the Regiment is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 charitable organization. Your volunteer service could help you out at tax time if you itemize your deductions.

The Tenth Foot is based in eastern Massachusetts and we accept members who are within driving distance of Lexington, MA. However we invite those who live a greater distance away to contact us so that we may put them in touch with a British regiment closer to their home.


*HISTORICAL NOTE: In the 18th century, a shilling was 1/20th of an English Pound, which contained 240 pence (pennies). Thus a recruit recieved 12 pence for enlisting in the Army. This would be approximately £5.57 ($8.30) in today's money, enough at the time to pay for either 1/2 week's rent for a furnished room, 3 quarts of beer, or a nice steak dinner. (Source: Dr Johnson's London, by Liza Picard, 2000, St Martin's Press, New York NY 10010)