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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Blues (The),
applied to troops.   1
   The Oxford Blues. The Royal Horse Guards were so called in 1690, from the Earl of Oxford their commander and the blue facings. Wellington, in one of his despatches, writes:—“I have been appointed colonel of the Blues.”   2
        “It was also known as the ‘Blue Guards’ during the campaign in Flanders (1742–1745).”—Trimen: Regiments of the British Army.

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