Welcome to the BCW Project regimental wiki. This wiki is intended to facilitate research into English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish regiments of the mid-17th Century, encompassing the Wars of the Three Kingdoms including the Bishops' Wars, the Irish Confederate War, the First, Second and Third English Civil Wars and the Commonwealth and Protectorate era of the 1650s. Anyone with an interest in the military history of this period is welcome to participate.

The articles can be viewed by everyone, but if you want to contribute you will need to register an account to gain editing rights. You can register by clicking the Login link on the top right of this page and following the Register link.

Project Structure

The regiments are currently organised under eleven broad categories:

  • Bishops Wars - English regiments of the Bishops' Wars (1639-40)
  • Royalist - English and Welsh Royalist regiments of the Civil Wars and Interregnum
  • Parliamentarian - Parliamentarian regiments raised prior to the establishment of the New Model Army
  • Trained Bands - county militias of England and Wales
  • New Model Army - regiments established by the New Model Army ordinance of 1645
  • Covenanters - Scottish Covenanter regiments of the Bishops Wars, Confederate War and Civil Wars
  • Scots Royalist - Scottish regiments loyal to the Crown during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms
  • Commonwealth - post-New Model Army regiments of the Commonwealth and Protectorate
  • Confederate - regiments of the Catholic Confederacy of Ireland
  • Protestant (Ireland) - British forces in Ireland and their allies
  • Foreign Service - British and Irish forces in the service of Foreign Countries

Categories are sub-divided into Foot, Horse and (where relevant) Dragoon branches, which give links to the regiment articles. There is also a section for more general articles, notes and FAQs.

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