Earl of Denbigh’s Regiment of Foot

Active1643 to 1645
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelEarl of Denbigh
Area RaisedLondon & Warwickshire
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesDenbigh 1644

Parliamentarian regiment of foot of Denbigh’s forces in the Midlands

Service History

1643

  • July: Regiment raising at London.

1644

  • May: Siege of Rushall Hall
  • June: Siege of Dudley Castle
  • June: Battle of Tipton Green
  • June: Storm of Oswestry
  • July: Skirmish at Oswestry
  • July: Regiment left in garrison at Wem many officers and men drift away to other commands.

1645

  • March: Remains of Regiment disband at Shrewsbury

Notes

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Noted as having 265 Swedish feathers in February 1645. (These were actually in store in Denbigh's magazine in Stafford). Denbigh had sent Swedish feathers up to the midlands in August or September 1643 and in February 1644 had purchased 100 muskets with half pikes. It is possible that the 18 “Sweeds feathers with muskett rests” in the magazine were the remainder of these “half pikes” which would indicate that some at least were issued. 1)

No uniform issues known. Men were issued with ribbons, in one case specified as “Isabella coullered” and another as “Isabela & skie colered”. Isabella was a term denoting parchment or light beige colour.

Notable Officers

Earl of Denbigh

Bazil Feilding, 2nd Earl of Denbigh inherited the earldom from his father William Feilding, 1st Earl of Denbigh after the first Earl was killed fighting for the Royalists alongside Prince Rupert at the storm of Birmingham. Denbigh fought under Essex, commanding a regiment of horse at Edgehill (see Lord Fielding’s Regiment of Horse). He then secured an independent command in the Midlands, raising new regiments of horse and foot. He resigned his commands after the Self-Denying Ordinance, but had not been exercising field command since the end of July 1644.

Officer List

  • Colonel The Lord Denbigh
    • Captain-Lieutenant Christopher Davenport *John Preston?
    • Ensign William Fielding (18/05/43 - 02/04/45)
    • Drum-major Clement Haslewood
  • Lieutenant Colonel James More (or Mure)
  • Lieutenant Colonel David Ramsey (previously Major)
    • Lieutenant David Robinson?
  • Major Roger Fenwick (previously Captain)
    • Lieutenant Jeremiah Jordon
  • Captain Robert Tuthill (09/07/43 - 01/06/44 When he became governor of Rushall)
    • Lieutenant John Gordon
    • Ensign Henry Capell
  • Captain Phillip Cotton (31/07/43 - 01/11/44)
    • Lieutenant? John Cotton
  • Captain James Phipps (by 07/43)
    • Lieutenant Charles Stevenson (21/07/43 - 24/01/44) (Scottish)
  • Captain Anthony Hungerford (02/09/43 - 02/04/45)
  • Captain Adam Cripps? (by 06/09/43)
  • Captain Robert Furnill (by 08/09/43)
  • Captain Robert Pinock?
  • Captain John Brett (02/12/43 - 20/06/44)
  • Captain Raynold Fox (11/12/43 - 12/02/44)
  • Captain Dixon (by 25/01/44)
  • Captain Thomas Willington (01/03/44 - 30/03/45)
    • Lieutenant John Cranford
    • Ensign Edward Willington (03/05/44 - 30/03/45)
  • Captain William Buchanan (06/03/44 - 15/07/44) (Scottish, afterward chief engineer to Sir William Brereton)
  • Captain Thomas Hunt
  • Captain John Wotton?
  • Captain William Acock?

Strength

See Also

1) Magazine inventory (NA SP28/28/367). Shipping records (NA SP28/143/12). Half Pikes (For Commonwealth and Crown: English Gunmakers of the Seventeenth Century. John S. Cooper. (1993). Wilson Hunt. ISBN 0907519040)