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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

E. van Tiddinga (active 1744)

Order of battle of the Allied army at Merelbeke, Ghent and Bellem, 1744

Ordre de Bataille / [of the Allied Army under the command of] Lt Genx Smissaert [and] Chanclos en Chef 1744

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper; some pricking through | 30.7 x 18.2 cm (image) | RCIN 729043.a

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An order of battle in one line of a detachment of the Allied army under the command of Lieutenant-Generals Smissaert and Chanclos at Bellem, Merelbeke and Ghent, 7-13 September 1744. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48).

The detachment of troops comprises 14 squadrons of horse and 10 battalions of infantry. The General Officers are Major-Generals Rúmpf and Sinclair; Brigadiers: Van Leÿden, Rhode v. Hekeren, H:v: Oÿen.

The order of battle at the camp at Meerlebeck (Merelbeke) was commanded by Lieutenant-General Smissaert, Major-General Rúmpf, and Brigadiers van Leÿden and H:v: Oÿen. The order of battle near Ghent was commanded by Lieutenant-General Chanclos, Major-General Sinclair, and Brigadier Rhode van Hekeren.

A journal of the march, camp, and reconnaissance associated with this action is at RCIN 729043.b.

These two items were formerly stored in a buff-grey rag paper folder, on which the old heading was written; the ink inscription 'No:s 390-391' referring to the stamped numbers on the items is written on the front cover; '(a-b) CMB Nov'86' [i.e. 1986] is written in black pencil in a modern hand on the front cover.

  • E. van Tiddinga (active 1744) (draughtsman) [bottom right, inside neatline:] E. van Tiddinga [outside neatline:] Sept: 1744.

  • Watermark: Pro Patria

    Mark, stamped: 390

    Condition: four fold lines. Verso: some induced discolouration

  • 30.1 x 18.2 cm (neatline)

    30.7 x 18.2 cm (image)

    31.5 x 19.5 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Ordre de Bataille / [of the Allied Army under the command of] Lt Genx Smissaert [and] Chanclos en Chef


    [bottom, below order of battle, a plan of the Ghent-Bruges canal and a profile of the French defensive works:] Retranchement des François aù Canal de Brúges / a Bellem. Scale: 1:1,660 approx. Scale bar: Echelle de 90 pas pour le plan [44 mm =].

    Additional text:

    Renvoi. [left of plan, a key, A-H, to the features of the bridgehead, pontoon bridge, redoubts and field artillery, the French camp, and the hedge which obscured the view of the other side]


    George III heading: Intrenchment at Bellem and Orders of Battle 7 - 13 Sept.r 1744.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, red pencil:] 8/46 [and, black pencil:] X/11; [top left, black pencil, erased:] Order of Battle

    George III catalogue entry:

    Bellem Plan dessiné du Retranchement des François a Bellem sur le Canal de Bruges; avec les Ordres de Battaile des Troupes sous les Generaux de Chanclos et Smissaert, et un Journal manuscrit des Operations des dites Troupes, depuis le 7 jusqu'au 13 Septembre 1744: par E. van Tiddinga, 1744. [The same entry appears under the heading Order of Battle.]

  • probably from the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)


  • Subject(s)

    Merelbeke, Flanders, Belgium (50°59'40"N 03°44'46"E)

    Ghent, Flanders, Belgium (51°03'00"N 03°43'00"E;)

    Bellem, Flanders, Belgium (51°05'38"N 03°29'34"E)

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