Sir Thomas Myddleton’s Regiment of Foot

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Active1643 to 1647
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir Thomas Myddleton
Thomas Mason
Area RaisedNorth-West
Coat ColourRed?
Flag ColourWhite
Flag DesignGreen devices
Field ArmiesBrereton 1643-5
Denbigh 1644

Parliamentarian regiment of foot serving in Cheshire, North Wales and the Midlands

Later Thomas Mason's Regiment of Foot

Service History

1643

  • November: Battle of Holt Bridge (5 coy)
  • November: Siege of Hawarden castle (3 coy)
  • November to December: Besieged at Hawarden castle (3 coy)

1644

  • May: Siege of Rushall Hall
  • June: Siege of Dudley Castle
  • June: Battle of Tipton Green
  • June: Storm of Oswestry
  • July: Skirmish at Oswestry
  • August: Skirmish at Welshpool
  • September: Skirmish at Newtown
  • September: Taking of Montgomery Castle
  • September: Skirmish at Montgomery
  • September: Battle of Montgomery
  • October: Storm of Powis Castle
  • October: Taking of Ruthin Town

1645

  • March to September: Siege of Chester
  • June: Middleton leaves after the Self Denying Ordinance and Lt Col Thomas Mason takes over the regiment
  • July: Garrison of Montgomery Castle (det)
  • July: Garrison Red Castle (det)

1646

1647

Notes

As can be seen from the officer lists below this regiment went through a number of distinct stages. The original regiment took part in Brereton's and Myddleton's short lived invasion of Wales in late 1643 with 3 companies being left in garrison at Harwarden castle when they withdrew. Myddleton then returned to London taking his officers but apparently abandoning most of the rank and file at Wem. He then raised what seems to have been virtually a new regiment. With this he campaigned with the Earl of Denbigh in the West Midlands and Welsh Marches. However on arrival at the Welsh border many of his English Captains seem to have departed being replaced by new Welsh Captains. By mid 1645 the regiment appears almost entirely Welsh.

Flags and Coats

In October 1644 Myddleton paid for 36 red coats as well as for white cloth to make “drawes and wascots” (NA SP28/346/unfoliated)

At some point Myddleton purchased 3 white ensigns with green devices (NA SP28/346/unfoliated) unfortunately the receipt was torn in half vertically and the rear of the surviving half used for a billeting receipt.

Notable Officers

Sir Thomas Myddleton

Thomas Mason

Served at Lt Col and took over the regiment following the Self Denying Ordnance but it's unclear when or if he was promoted Colonel

Officer Lists

1643

  • Col Sir Thomas Middleton (12/06/43- 13/06/45)
  • Major Henry Kett (Capt 23/06/43-15/09/43 Major 15/09/43-01/12/44) captured at Harwarden
  • Capt Thomas Swift (Capt 20/06/43-05/12/44 Major 05/12/44-30/04/47)
  • Capt John Warren (Capt at siege of Harwarden Major after April 1644) garrison of Harwarden Castle)
  • Capt Alexander Elliot (20/07/43-24/06/44 >Capt of Dragoons) garrison of Harwarden Castle
  • Capt William Sperring (20/06/43-08/07/44)

1644 English Phase

  • Col Sir Thomas Middleton (12/06/43- 13/06/45)
  • Major Henry Kett (Capt 23/06/43-15/09/43 Major 15/09/43-01/12/44)
  • Major John Warren (Capt at siege of Harwarden Major after April 1644)
  • Capt Thomas Swift (Capt 20/06/43-05/12/44 Major 05/12/44-30/04/47)
  • Capt Alexander Elliot (20/07/43-24/06/44 >Capt of Dragoons)
  • Capt William Sperring (20/06/43-08/07/44)
  • Capt Thomas Judd (by 28/03/44)
  • Capt John Lloyd (11/03/44-09/07/44)
  • Capt Hugh Massie (by 15/04/44-to at least 02/04/45)
  • Capt Thomas Pepes (by 26/04/44)

1644-1645 Welsh Phase

  • Col Sir Thomas Middleton (12/06/43- 13/06/45)
  • Lt Col Thomas Mason (took over regt following Self Denying Ordnance but unclear when or if he was promoted Colonel)
  • Lt Col George Twiselden (ex Colonel Beale's regt)
  • Major Thomas Swift (Capt 20/06/43-05/12/44 Major 05/12/44-30/04/47)
  • Capt Hugh Massie (by 15/04/44-to at least 12/07/45)
  • Capt William Walley
  • Capt William Hincks
  • Capt Kemiston
  • Capt Arundell (possibly John Arundell Master Gunner and not a Company commander)
  • Capt Rich Basnet in regt October 1644
  • Capt Robert Brumfield in regt October 1644
  • Capt William Wynn in regt July 1645 (took over Walley's company??)
  • Capt Grant in regt July 1645
  • Capt William Kiffin in regt July 1645
  • Capt Price in regt July 1645 garrison Montgomery castle
  • Capt Forster in regt July 1645 garrison Montgomery castle
  • Capt Even Lloyd in regt July 1645 garrison Montgomery castle
  • Capt Williams in regt July 1645 garrison Red castle

Strength

See Also

1) Flag images by kind permission of Wargames Designs