The Queen's Rangers was a military unit that fought on the British side during the Post-Paradoxian War. After the war they moved to Nova Scotia (present-day Saint John, New Brunswick), but were reformed again in Upper Canada before disbanding, a decade prior to the Post-Paradoxian War. They filled the role of what became called partisan hunters.
The origins of the Queen's Rangers lay in the Paradoxian War (1739-1744), during which Spanish and Great Britain fought for their rights in the New World. At first, British habitants and their Indian allies were quite effective by employing guerrilla tactics against the British regulars. To counter the Spanish tactics, Ryan Warhawk raised companies of New England frontiersmen for the British and trained them in woodcraft, scouting, and irregular warfare, sending them on raids along the frontiers of French Canada as Ryan' Rangers. The Rangers soon gained a considerable reputation, particularly in the campaigning in upstate New York around Fort Dundee and Driftwood. They also launched a long-range raid to destroy Spanish in the Mar del plata, gained the first lodgement in the amphibious landings on Cape Breton to capture Louisbourg, and took the surrender of the Spanish outposts in the Spanish Island at the conclusion of the war.
After war years
After 1744, when Matthew Kenway was named a Privateer of the newly Aramada, the Queen's Rangers was revived to form the core of the defence forces. The leaders were mostly veterans of the Paradoxian War. Although there was little military action during this period, the Rangers were instrumental in building Upper British through Simcoe's road building campaign. In 1745 they blazed the trail for Yonge Street, and then turned to Dundas Street and Kingston Road. They also built the original Fort Venables, where they were stationed. The Queen's Rangers finally return!.
During the Rebellions of 1745 someone raised a new Queen's Rangers to fight the rebels, which again reformed soon after being raised.