Colonel Richard Holdep’s Regiment of Foot

Active1655
CountrySt Christopher & Leeward Islands
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsAnglo-Spanish War
TypeFoot
ColonelRichard Holdep
Area RaisedSt Christopher
Nevis
Montserrat
Coat ColourRed
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesVenables 1655

Regiment of foot raised in St Christopher & the Leeward Islands during Venables’ expedition

Service History

1655

  • February-March: Raised at St Christopher and the Leeward Isles
  • April: Land near Fort St Jeronimo in Hispaniola
  • May: Sail for Jamaica
  • May: Taking of Santiago de la Vega
  • May: Seize provisions in Jamaica
  • June: Regiment reduced

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

Holdep’s regiment were raised in St Christopher (8-900), Nevis (about 300) and Montserrat (80 men) during Venables’ Western Design. They were not involved in the rout at San Domingo, having been landed near Fort St Jeronimo along with Colonel Anthony Buller’s Regiment of Foot. After taking Jamaica, the regiment was soon disbanded, with the soldiers either reinforcing other garrison units or converting to planters. Holdep was given command of Colonel James Heane’s Regiment of Foot.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Presumably red coats.

Notable Officers

Richard Holdep

Strength

  • March 1655: 1200 to 1300 raised

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