Red coat

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Red coat, Redcoat or Redcoats refers to soldiers of the British Empire and their signature uniform: Red coat (military uniform).


The term redcoat may have originated in 16th century Tudor Ireland as a derogatory term for the British, as British soldiers in Lord Lieutenant of Ireland's army wore red coats, the first time British soldiers collectively had a red uniform, the term was then brought to America and Europe by Irish emigrants[1][2][3]

It may also refer to:



  • Red coat (military uniform), uniform worn historically by most infantry and some cavalry regiments of the British Army
  • Redshirts (Italy), volunteer soldiers headed by Garibaldi during Risorgimento
  • Red Serge, a ceremonial tunic worn by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police


See alsoEdit

  1. ^ Abbé MacGeoghegan History of Ireland, Ancient and Modern (Paris, 1758), trans. P. O'Kelly (1832), Vol. III, p.109.
  2. ^ Historiae Catholicae Iberniae Compendium by Philip O'Sullivan Beare (1621), Tome II, Bk IV, Chap III, translated as Ireland Under Elizabeth by Matthew J. Byrne (1903). See p. 5 of Byrne's translation
  3. ^ 'Elizabeth I: volume 180, June 1595', in Calendar of State Papers, Ireland, 1592-1596, ed. Hans Claude Hamilton (London, 1890), p. 322.