Colonel Randle Ashenhurst's Regiment of Foot

Activefrom 1644?
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelsRandle Ashenhurst
Edward Ashenhurst?
Area RaisedStaffordshire
Derbyshire
Coat Colourunknown
Flag Colourunknown
Flag Designunknown
Field ArmiesGarrison

Later, Colonel Edward Ashenhurst's Regiment of Foot?

Service History

1643

  • November: Skirmish at Hartington and Leeke?

1644

  • Garrison of Shalcross Hall, Derbyshire?
  • March: Siege of Biddulph Old Hall?
  • March: Maj Edward Ashenhurst in garrison at Paynsley, Staffordshire
  • August: Randle Ashenhurst made governor of Bolsover Castle after its surrender
  • November: Edward Ashenhurst Colonel?

1645

  • May: Ordered to join Brereton at Chester

Notes

Randle Ashenhurst's regiment were formed by the authority of Ferdinando, Lord Fairfax after Ashenhurst left the service of Sir John Gell. Therefore they officially formed part of the Parliamentarian Northern Association, but do not appear to have served with the Faifaxes' field army. Ashenhurst (or his brother?) was captured in a skirmish between Hartington and Leek in the Derbyshire Peak District in November 1643, according to the Duchess of Newcastle's Memoirs, although it's uncertain whether the regiment was in existence at this time. In March 1644 a Colonel Ashanhurst was at the siege of Biddulph Old Hall with Sir William Brereton. Edward Ashenhurst was a Major in March 1644, governed Paynsley Staffs, and was Colonel by November 1644, probably of the same regiment.

Notable Officers

Randle Ashenhurst

Randle Ashenhurst, of Beard Hall Derbyshire was a well known local Justice of the Peace. He initially served as an officer in Sir John Gell's forces. However he fell into dispute with Gell and left his command. He was then authorised to raise a foot regiment by Lord Fairfax. Ashenhurst's arms consisted of: Or, a cockatrice, the tail nowed, with a serpent's head, Sable, the comb, wattles, and head, Gules; in his beak a trefoil, Vert. 1)

Edward Ashenhurst

Edward Ashenhurst was Randle's younger brother, he was a Major in March 1644, governed Paynsley Staffs, and was Colonel by November 1644, probably of the same regiment.

Contemporary References

James Cawved, a maimed soldier of Ashenhurst's Regiment submitted a petition for relief to the Derbyshire Quarter Sessions in 1649: ”The Humble Petition of James Cawved, Maymed soldier Sheweth that about 5 years agoe yor peticioner beinge souldier under the command of Coll. Randle Ashenhurst in the p'liament's service beigne one of a p'tie by order appointed to keep the hall at Shallcross: Mr. Shallcrosse himself entringe the house: that ever since he hath lost the use of his arme and hand to his utter, undoinge…. In comiseracion whereof… may it please yor wor'pps…. to appoint that yor peticioner may receavee such yerely stipend… as you shall think fitt towards the relief of himself his wife and children.” 2)

Strength

See Also

1) 'General history: Gentry families of uncertain survival', Magna Britannia: volume 5: Derbyshire (1817), pp. CLIII-CLXVII. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50709 Date accessed: 17 October 2011.