Colonel John Birch’s Regiment of Foot

Later, Colonel Humphries' Regiment of Foot

Flag Illustration1)
Active1644 to 1648
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelJohn Birch
Area RaisedKent
Coat ColourRed
Flag ColourYellow
Flag DesignUnknown
Field ArmiesWaller 1644

Parliamentarian regiment of foot raised in Kent for Waller’s Southern Association, later serving on the Welsh marches

Service History


  • August: Raised in Kent
  • September: Marched to Weymouth
  • September: Shipped to Plymouth
  • September to January: Besieged at Plymouth


  • July: Siege of Bridgewater
  • August to September: Siege of Bristol
  • December to February 1646: Garrison of Bath (2 coy)
  • December: Storm of Hereford
  • Garrison of Hereford


  • March: Battle of Stow on the Wold
  • April to June: Siege of Ludlow (det)
  • June to August: Siege of Raglan Castle
  • June to July: Siege of Goodrich Castle (det)
  • August: Humphries takes over as Colonel



  • June: Selected to be sent to Ireland but mutiny
  • October: Disbanded


Coats, Flags and Equipment

Red coats and yellow flags 2).

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 John Birch

John Birch was previously Lt Col of Hesilrigge’s Regiment of Foot, Biography at Birch's Regiment

Colonel J Humphries

Took over in August 1646, possibly the Col. Humphries governing Cardiff Castle in 1648?


  • August 1644: 1000 ordered to be raised
  • September 1644: 7-800 men
  • March 1646: Birch leads 600 foot from Hereford

See Also

Colonel John Birch's regiment is re-enacted by Col. John Birch His Regiment of Foote.

1) Flag images by kind permission of Wargames Designs
2) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846