Colonel Edward Sexby’s Regiment of Foot

Active1650 to 1660
ConflictsThird Civil War
Glencairn’s Rising
ColonelEdward Sexby
Thomas Reade
Area RaisedDorset
Coat ColourRed
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesMonck 1651
Monck 1659-60

Later Colonel Thomas Reade’s Regiment of Foot

Regiment of foot raised for service in Ireland, instead serving in Scotland throughout the 1650s and supporting Monck at the Restoration

Service History


  • June: Raised, intended for Ireland
  • September: March for Carlisle
  • December: At Carlisle


  • February: Siege of Tantallon Castle
  • June: Sexby dismissed following a Court Martial, replaced by Thomas Reade
  • August: Siege of Stirling Castle
  • Garrison of Stirling


  • July: Expedition to Inverary
  • Garrison Dunstaffnage and Dunolly (det under Capt Mutlow)
  • October: Defence of Dunstaffnage (Mutlow det)


  • September: Skirmish near Stirling


  • February: Take Ardchattan House (Mutlow)


  • Garrison of Stirling


  • Quartered at Stirling (7 coy), Buchanan (1 coy), Cardrosse & Doune Castle (1 coy), Inverlochy (1 coy)


  • Serving in Scotland


  • Serving in Scotland


  • October: At Stirling (9 coy), one company in England
  • March to Monck at Edinburgh, leaving 2 companies at Stirling


  • January: March on London with Monck
  • Quartered at Somerset House, the Strand, Long Acre, Covent Garden and St Martin’s Lane
  • October: Disbanded at Tower Hill


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.

Sexby’s regiment were raised in June 1650 for service in Ireland but were instead sent to Scotland, where they served under Monck. Sexby was Court-Martialled in 1651 for hanging one of his soldiers and was replaced by Thomas Reade. Under Reade the regiment mainly served in garrison at Stirling, with detachments in the Highlands.

Reade was loyal to Monck and continued to lead the regiment up to the Restoration. It was disbanded at Tower Hill in October 1660.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Red coats.

Notable Officers

Edward Sexby

Edward Sexby (c1616-1658) was an agitator, originally serving in Cromwell’s Ironsides, who rose to be governor of Portland in 1649. Made colonel of a newly-raised regiment in 1650, he was cashiered in 1651, became a prominent Leveller and plotted to kill Oliver Cromwell, he died as a prisoner in the Tower of London in 1658.

Thomas Reade

Reade had previously served with distinction as Lieutenant Colonel of Colonel Robert Overton's Regiment of Foot

Officer Lists


Colonel Thomas Reade's Regiment of Foot1)

  • Colonel's company at Stirling
  • Lt Colonel Peter Pike's company at Stirling
  • Major John Clobery's company at Stirling
  • Captain James Mutlow's company at Stirling
  • Captain Sy Callant's company at Stirling
  • Captain Hugh Gosnell's company at Stirling
  • Captain Thomas Hunt's company at Stirling
  • Captain John Dirdoe's company at Stirling
  • Captain George Everard's company at Downe & Cardross
  • Captain Miles Meredith's company at Innerloughy


  • 10 companies

See Also

1) Worcester College Oxford, Clarke Manuscripts