Sir Bryce Cochrane’s Regiment of Foot

Active1657 to 1660
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsAnglo-Spanish War
Restoration Crisis
TypeFoot
ColonelSir Bryce Cochrane
Area Raised
Coat ColourRed
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesTurenne 1657-8
Morgan 1658-9

Protectorate regiment of foot serving in Flanders, including at the Battle of the Dunes, before returning to England, where they mutinied in 1660

Service History

1657

  • Cochrane given command of a regiment raised for service in Flanders

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

  • June: Garrison of Dunkirk
  • August: Return to England
  • September: Companies dispersed to Gloucester, Bristol, Exeter and Oxford

1660

  • January: March to London, then Gravesend
  • February: Mutiny at Gravesend
  • February: Disbanded, with drafts sent to Dunkirk

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

Cochrane’s regiment were raised in England in 1657 for service in Flanders. Shipped to Flanders, in 1658 they were drawn out to join Turenne’s army 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 June 1659 they were recalled to garrison Dunkirk, but soon departed for England where they were dispersed into garrisons. The regiment were not being paid and citizens of Exeter complained vociferously of their disorders. In January 1660 the regiment marched via London to Gravesend, Cochrane was cashiered and in February the regiment mutinied, the mutiny being suppressed by Colonel John Bright’s Regiment of Foot and some troops of horse on Monck’s orders. The regiment were then disbanded and the soldiers shipped to Flanders again where they were reduced into regiments in garrison at Dunkirk.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Red coats.

Notable Officers

Sir Bryce Cochrane

Cochrane was a Scot, previously serving the Covenanters in Glencairn’s regiment in Ulster, he betrayed Carrickfergus to Monck’s Parliamentarians. In 1650 he fought for Charles II and was captured at Musselburgh. He may have seen Dutch service as well. Cashiered in 1660, he went to Ireland.

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