by Vulcan99 » Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:56 pm
In the Gurkhas we combined being a mercenary with loyalty to the Crown. Must be other regiments we could raise. I only mentioned the Roman Empire because they also recruited outside Italy.
Youn are correct about the Gurkhas...they are, if only by tradition, a very special case.
In the American Revolutionary War, a number of Hessian mercenaries, mostly deserters, appended their names or marks to the following document.
It is abundantly clear, within the first few lines, that the Hessians had sworn allegiance to GeorgeIII
“We the subscribers do swear (or affirm) that I renounce and refuse all allegiance to George the third, King of Great Britain, his heirs and successors, and that I will be faithful, and bear true allegiance to the commonwealth of Pensylvania as a free and Independent State, and that I will not at any time do or cause to be done any matter or thing that will be prejudicial or injurious to the freedom and Independence thereof, as declared by Congress; and, also, that I will discover and make known to some one Justice of the Peace of this state, all treasons or traitorous conspiracies which I now know or hereafter shall know, to be formed against this or any of the United States of America.
It was obviouly not unusual that paid mercenaries should also swear an oath of allegiance.