The Royal Marines were originally called Duke of York and Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot. The term Foot was used for what we now call the Infantry, or foot soldier. This unit was formed in 1664 with an initial strength of 1200 infantrymen recruited from the "Trained Bands of London." The name Marines first appeared on official records in 1672. Nicknames: "The Royals," "HM Jollies," "Bootnecks," and "The Royal Machines." Motto: "Per Mare Per Terram," Latin for By Sea By Land. Their most significant achievement was the capture of the Rock of Gibraltar and the defence of the fortress in 1704. They also fought courageously during the American revolution including at the Battle of Bunker Hill where they were led by Major John Pitcairn. The title "Royal" Marines was awarded by King George 111 (the Lion and Crown denotes they are a Royal regiment). The title "Royal" can be awarded only by the Monarch.
HORSE BRASS: MILITARY UNIT COLLECTION: Royal Marines.
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