Colonel Alexander Popham’s Regiment of Foot

Active1643 to
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelAlexander Popham
Robert Blake
Area RaisedSomerset
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesWaller 1643
Essex 1644

Later Colonel Robert Blake’s Regiment of Foot

Parliamentarian foot raised in Bath and serving in the West Country, eventually besieged in Taunton

Service History


  • April: Taking of Sherborne
  • April to May: Siege of Portland
  • May: Skirmish at Frome
  • June: Skirmish at Glastonbury and Somerton
  • July: Battle of Lansdown (det)
  • July: Siege of Devizes (det)
  • July: Battle of Roundway Down (det)
  • July: Besieged in Bristol
  • November: Siege of Basing House
  • November: Siege of Basing House


  • March: Battle of Cheriton?
  • April to July: Besieged at Lyme Regis
  • June: Battle of Cropredy Bridge?
  • July: Siege of Taunton?
  • July: Battle of Horsebridge
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • September to December: Besieged in Taunton


  • April to May: Besieged in Taunton
  • May to July: Besieged in Taunton
  • November to April 1646: Siege of Dunster Castle


  • April: Take surrender of Dunster Castle


At the beginning of 1643 Popham disarmed Col. Alexander Popham’s Bath Somerset Trained Band of Foot and formed this volunteer Regiment of Foot. After participating in Essex’s Lostwithiel campaign Robert Blake took over, leading it as part of the garrison of Taunton.


Notable Officers

A list of officers is shown in Laurence Spring's Waller's Army, The Regiments of Sir William Waller's Southern Association The Pike and Shot Association 2007 ISBN 978-1-902768-34-2

Colonel Alexander Popham

Colonel Robert Blake

Robert Blake, later famous as an Admiral.

Officer List

Contemporary References

These are to certifie whom it may concerne that Mr John Question of Dunster in the County of Somersett did dress and cure many wounded souldiers belonging to the Regiment of Collon. Robert Blake in time of the siedge against Dunster Castle for which he hath received noe satisfaction. Wee the Officers of the said Regiment who have hereunto subscribed doe certifie it. Lt.Col. Samuel Perd, Ge. Colbourne, Alex. Kingsland, Nath. Blake, Thomas Alaines, Rich. Hinkes, Ben. Blake, Hen Bourlich, Thomas Bere. August the last 1649.


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