Sir James Dillon’s Regiment of Foot

Active1642 to
CountryIreland
AllegianceConfederate
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir James Dillon
Area RaisedLeinster
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesLeinster

Irish Confederate foot raised in 1642 for a proposed 'running army' for Leinster

Service History

1641

  • May: Dillon assigned 1000 disbanded men of Strafford’s army for foreign service1)
  • September: Parliament blocks departure

1642

  • November: Raised in Leinster2).

1643

  • February: Battle of Rathconnell

1644

  • Serving under Castlehaven
  • August to September: Standoff at Charlemont

1645

1646

  • July: Taking of Roscommon
  • Autumn: Regiment splits in two in a dispute about the excommunication controversy

1647

  • August: Battle of Dungan's Hill

1648

1649

Notes

Dillon was governor of Longford and Westmeath before the cessation. His regiment took heavy casualties at Dungan's Hill but Dillon went on to garrison Athlone, surrendering in 1651.

Coats, Flags & Equipment

Notable Officers

Sir James Dillon

Officer List

Sir James Dillon, Collonell of a regiment Of 1,000 foote.4)

  • The said Sir James Dillon, Collonell, 100 ,,
  • William Warren, Lieutennant-Collonell, 100 ,,
  • Gerrott Fitz Symons, Sarjeant-Major, 100 ,, (still Major in 1649)
  • Bryen Geoghegan, Captain, 100 ,,
  • Robert Dillon, Captain, 100 ,,
  • Edward oge Farrall, Captain, 100 ,,
  • Brandon Cusack, Captain, 100 ,,
  • Connor, Captain, 100 ,,
  • Fitz Patrick, Captain, 100 ,,
  • Garrett Coughlan (Captain in 1649)
  • Bagnall (Lt Col in 1649)5).

Strength

  • To be 1000 men for foreign service
  • 10 companies in 1644

See Also

1) CSPI 1633-47 p281
2) Confederate Catholics at War. Padraig Lenihan, Cork University Press, 2001. ISBN 1 85918 244 5. p 50
3) , 5) Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde, p200
4) History of the Irish Confederation and the war in Ireland, 1641 [-1649] containing a narrative of affairs of Ireland, by Richard Bellings. With correspondence and documents of the confederation and of the administrators of the English government in Ireland, contemporary personal statements, memoirs, etc. Now for the first time published from original manuscripts. Ed. by John T. Gilbert.