Colonel Hercules Huncks' Regiment of Foot

Active1649 to 1653
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeFoot
ColonelHercules Huncks
Area RaisedEngland
Coat ColourRed?
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesCoote 1649-50

English regiment of foot serving in Ireland in garrison at Derry and Enniskillen

Service History

1649

  • May: Regiment being raised, two companies ordered to Derry
  • 27th - 29th July: Hunck lands at Dublin with the bulk of the regiment
  • August: Battle of Rathmines?
  • September: Hunck and the regiment at Derry
  • Garrison Derry and Enniskillen

1650

1651

1652

1653

  • August: 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.

Huncks had served in Inchiquin’s army in 1646 and 1647 and then returned to England. He was appointed governor of Londonderry in 1648 but took until the autumn of 1649 to raise his regiment and arrive there. The regiment garrisoned Derry and Enniskillen before being disbanded in 1653.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

In June 1649 the Treasurer at War paid £110 to Colonel Hercules Hunckes for drums, colours and surgeon's chest etc., for his regiment for Ireland.

Notable Officers

Hercules Huncks

Brother of Sir Fulk Hunck, who led a regiment of foot for the King and governed Shrewsbury in the First Civil War. Huncks had been one of the halberdiers guarding the King at his execution and he narrowly escaped execution himself at the Restoration by informing against Daniel Axtell.

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