Raising of the Cavan Militia

Sun, 09/21/1794

The Cavan Militia, although raised in 1793, began recruiting in 1794. It was in existence from 1794-1816, except for short periods in 1802 and 1814. It was raised again during the Crimean War and in 1881 became the 4th Battalion The Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) Regiment. When it was mobilised in 1914, it became the Training Battalion and provided drafts for the Service Battalions.

The Cavan Militia was mentioned in Parliament on 29 July 1899 in a question from the member for Cavan (West) to the Financial Secretary for War:

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether complaints have reached him that the officers of the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers (Cavan Militia) conducted themselves the last night of the training in a most disorderly manner; and whether Colonel Dease has reported the same to the Authorities; and, if not, why has he so neglected his duty?

The answer included the statement that:

The Officer commanding the battalion has been directed to report to the Adjutant General, but no communication has yet been received from him.

The history of our Militia regiments and battalions can be found by clicking on the article titled The Irish Militia.