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Fishguard invasion


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1797.

In one of the more bizarre episodes of the Revolutionary War, the French Directory collected 1,200 men, mainly from gaols, and landed them from three frigates and a lugger near Fishguard on 23 February 1797. They surrendered two days later to the local militia under Lord Cawdor. According to legend, the invaders mistook the red coats of the Welsh women for cavalry.

Subjects: British History.


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