Colonel Robert Phayre’s Regiment of Foot

Active1642 to 1660?
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeFoot
ColonelRobert Phayre
Area RaisedKent
Coat ColourRed?
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesCromwell 1649
Broghill 1650

Commonwealth regiment of foot serving in Ireland under Cromwell and Broghill

Service History

1649

  • April to May: Formed from volunteers in Kent
  • August: Shipped to Dublin although intended to land in Munster
  • Serve under Cromwell in Ireland
  • 2nd - 11th September: Siege of Drogheda
  • 11th September: Storm of Drogheda
  • November: Phayre with 500 men sent to Youghal and Cork
  • November: Take Youghal
  • Garrison Cork

1650

  • May: Taking of Carrigadrohid

1651

1652

1653

1654

1655

1656

1657

1658

1659

  • December: Phayre surrenders Cork

1660

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

The regiment were formed in 1649 in Kent from volunteers who had opposed the Royalists in 1648 and were now being disbanded. They were soon shipped to Ireland, serving under Cromwell, notably at the notorious storm of Drogheda. In November of 1649 Phayre and 500 men were sent to Cork and Youghal and in 1650 they campaigned under Lord Broghill. Thereafter the regiment appear to have remained in garrison at Cork, where Phayre was governor until 1659.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

In June 1649 Phayre's regiment were given £20 to buy flags, their colours and design are unknown.

Notable Officers

Robert Phayre

Strength

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