Colonel William Farley’s Regiment of Foot

Active1659 to 1660
ConflictsRestoration crisis
ColonelWilliam Farley
John Fagge
Lord Mordaunt
Area RaisedPortsmouth
Coat ColourRed?
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field Armies

Later Colonel John Fagge's, then Lord Mordaunt's Regiment of Foot

Regiment of Foot formed from loose companies during the Restoration crisis

Service History


  • December: Raised by Farley from loose companies at Portsmouth
  • December: March on London


  • February: John Fagge appointed Colonel
  • July: Lord Mordaunt appointed Colonel
  • October: Disbanded at Brecon and Hereford


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.

Colonel William Farley raised a ‘marching regiment’ in 1659 from loose companies of foot in the Portsmouth garrison, including one from Gibbon’s and one from Biscoe’s. They marched to London in support of Sir Arthur Hesilrigge. Farley returned to his old post as Lt Col. of Morley’s regiment and Fagge was placed in command by Monck in February 1660. Lord Mordaunt held the colonelcy equally briefly, until the regiment was disbanded in October.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Presumably they were issued with red coats.

Notable Officers

William Farley

John Fagge

Lord Mordaunt


See Also