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Colonel Roger Fenwick’s Regiment of Foot

Active1646 to 1653
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeFoot
ColonelRoger Fenwick
Robert Barrow
Area RaisedShropshire
Coat ColourRed?
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesJones 1647-8
Coote 1650

Later Colonel Robert Barrow’s Regiment of Foot

Regiment of foot raised in England for service in Ireland

Service History

1646

  • July: Raised in Shropshire
  • October: Sail from Liverpool, but refused admittance to Dublin by Ormond
  • October: Land at Lecale, remaining there over the winter

1647

  • April: Garrison of Trim
  • July to August: Besieged at Trim
  • August: Battle of Dungan’s Hill

1648

  • June: Garrison Kildare
  • Fenwick in South Wales unsuccessfully trying to recruit

1649

  • Autumn: 1000 men recruited from England

1650

  • June: Sent to Ulster to support Sir Charles Coote
  • June: Battle of Scarrifhollis, Fenwick killed
  • Regiment passes to Robert Barrow

1651

1652

1653

  • 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

The regiment was raised in England in 1646 by Roger Fenwick, refused entry to Dublin, they landed instead at Lecale, moving to garrison Trim the next spring. Besieged at Trim by Preston, they joined Michael Jones’ force, defeating Preston at Dungan’s Hill. In 1648 they garrisoned Kildare and in 1650 were sent to reinforce Sir Charles Coote in Ulster, fighting at Scarrifhollis where Fenwick was mortally wounded in the initial exchange of musketry. Robert Barrow took over at Colonel and the regiment was disbanded in 1653.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Presumably red coats.

Notable Officers

George Fenwick

(Or possibly John??)

Robert Barrow

Barrow had previously served as Lieutenant Colonel in Venables’ Regiment.

Officer List

  • Captain Richard Dixon (one of the original captains in the regiment but had not received his commission by the time he arrived in Ireland)1)

Strength

  • March 1647: 685 rank and file
  • 1648: 360 private soldiers

See Also

1) CSPI 1633-47 p580