Colonel Daniel Axtell’s Regiment of Foot

Active1650 to 1655
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeFoot
ColonelDaniel Axtell
Area RaisedIreland
Coat ColourRed
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field Armies

Regiment of Foot serving in Ireland under the notorious Daniel Axtell

Service History

1650

  • Axtell appointed Colonel
  • Axtell appointed Governor of Kilkenny
  • October: Battle of Meelick Island

1651

  • March: Axtell captured by privateers and imprisoned in the Scilly Isles
  • April: Axtell freed when Blake captures the Scilly Isles

1652

1653

1654

1655

  • Disbanded

Notes

A history of the regiment is given in The Regimental History of Cromwell's Army by Sir Charles Firth and Godfrey Davies, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1940

Axtell’s regiment were formed during 1650 and likely garrisoned Kilkenny, where Axtell was governor. In the October they won the Battle of Meelick Island, which was followed by a notorious massacre. In 1655 the regiment were disbanded.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Presumably red coats.

Notable Officers

Daniel Axtell

Daniel Axtell had previously served as Lieutenant Colonel of Hewson's Regiment of Foot during Cromwell’s Irish campaign. He had a grim reputation for atrocities in Ireland, being accused by some of initiating the massacre at Drogheda, and was suspended from command by Ireton for killing prisoners who had surrendered on promise of quarter at Meelick Island.

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