The unit was one of seven regiments, six of them regular infantry, raised on 23 July 1779 in response to the French intervention in the American Revolutionary War. The French entry into the war forced a change in British strategy. England itself now being considered vulnerable, the French intervention precipitated "feverish activity in raising levies for defence of the country." Parliament passed a bill calling for the creation of "loyal corps of volunteers," but before any could actually be formed, "noblemen and gentlemen came forward with offers to raise regular regiments at their own expense." The 95th Regiment of Foot was the regiment raised by John Reid. 
It participated in the Battle of Jersey.
The regiment's uniforms consisted of buff waistcoats and buff breeches, the facings buff as well. The officers' lace and buttons were silver; the lace of the rank and file was plain white. All ranks wore fringed wings and coats with ten square loops.
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- Franklin, Carl (2012). British Army Uniforms from 1751 to 1783. Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK: Pen & Sword Military. ISBN 978 1 84884 690 6.
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