Colonel Samuel Clark’s Regiment of Foot

Active1657 to 1660
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsAnglo-Spanish War
Restoration Crisis
TypeFoot
ColonelSamuel Clark
Area Raised
Coat ColourRed
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesTurenne 1657-8
Morgan 1658-9
Lambert 1659
Monck 1660

Protectorate regiment of foot serving in Flanders, including at the Battle of the Dunes, before returning for garrison duty in England and Scotland

Service History

1657

  • Clark given command of a regiment raised for service in Flanders
  • May: Arrive in France
  • September: Siege of Mardyke
  • October: Defence of Mardyke
  • Garrison of Mardyke

1658

  • May to June: Siege of Dunkirk
  • June: Battle of the Dunes
  • Serving under Morgan
  • June: Siege of Bergues
  • September: Capture of Ypres
  • Based at Amiens

1659

  • May: Garrison of Dunkirk
  • August: Return to England
  • September: Companies dispersed to Coventry, Stafford, Worcester and Boston
  • March north with Lambert

1660

  • January: At York
  • April: March to Glasgow
  • November to December: Disbanded in Scotland

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

Clark’s regiment were raised in England in 1657 for service in Flanders. They fought at the siege of Mardyke, then forming part of the garrison over the winter. In 1658 they were drawn out to join Turenne’s army again and served at the siege of Dunkirk and in the victory at the Battle of the Dunes. Subsequently the regiment were part of Morgan’s command at the sieges of Bergues and Ypres, spending the winter at Amiens. By May 1659 they were recalled to garrison Dunkirk, but soon departed for England where they were dispersed into garrisons, then re-united to march north under Lambert. In January 1660 the regiment were at York where they joined Monck, then were sent to garrison Glasgow before being disbanded by December.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Red coats.

Notable Officers

Samuel Clark

Clark previously served in one of the English regiments in Dutch service. He fell ill at Mardyke and was wounded at Dunkirk but survived to lead the regiment under Morgan. After his regiment was disbanded he was commissioned a captain in General George Monck’s Regiment of Foot, continuing as an army officer until his retirement in 1682.

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