Sir Stephen officially registers the nucleus of his new regiment: "Lord Gilbert`s Own 1st Cromer Regiment of Foote". Recruitment continues with vigorous ardour throughout the Eastern Counties.
At no little expense, Sir Stephen commissions Thomas and Richard Pitt to make four bronze Sakers to bolster his Regiment and provide additional strength and protection for his men. With eager anticipaton and the first piece now finished and ready for action, gunnery practise* begins immediately throughout the cold frost and snow of January .
*manned by a Continental Lowlander mercenary Master Gunner - Peter Van Heusen and a handpicked crew of `reformed` buccaneers.