In a message dated 4/2/2000 7:46:17 PM Central Daylight Time,
<< Right you are Craig...1735 is the date I've read before.
Apparently just at the beginning of the recognized decade for the official
formation of the British Professional Army. >>
Considering that the Coldstreams have a direct decent from Monks Regiment of
the New Model Army and the Grenadier Guards (1st Foot Guards) was formed in
exile by Charles II I would actually put the formation of the "British
Professional Army" somewhat earlier. Most authorities say 1661 with the
Restoration, personally I would date it to the reign of James II under who's
reign most of the older line regiments were formed. Many of the rest were
formed to counter the '15' rising in Scotland.