Sir William Brereton’s Regiment of Foot

Illustration 11)
Active 1643 to 1646
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir William Brereton
Area RaisedCheshire
Coat Colour
Flag ColourWhite
Flag Design
Field ArmiesBrereton 1643-6

Parliamentarian regiment of foot nicknamed the “Cheshire Lions” raised by Brereton, the local commander

Service History


  • December: Regiment commissioned in London and £700 issued for raising.


  • March: First Battle of Middlewich
  • April: Repulsed from Warrington
  • April: Battle of Whalley Abbey
  • May: Storm of Whitchurch
  • October: Battle of Wem and Leigh Bridge?
  • November: Battle of Holt Bridge


  • January: Besieged in Nantwich (det)
  • January: Battle of Nantwich
  • August: Skirmish at Oswestry
  • August to November: Siege of Liverpool?
  • August: Skirmish at Malpas
  • September: Battle of Montgomery
  • October to November 1645: Siege of Beeston Castle (det)


  • January: Battle of Christleton
  • January to February: Siege of Chester
  • March to September: Siege of Chester
  • September: Battle of Rowton Heath?
  • September to February 1646: Siege of Chester?
  • November: Battle of Denbigh Green


In April 1645 consisted of 16 companies including 3 dragoon/firelock companies, shown under Sir William Brereton’s Regiment of Dragoons. The regiment was probably disbanded in late 1645 or early 1646 as part of a general reorganization of the Cheshire forces.

Coats and Flags

Carried white flags in 1643/4 2), but devices are unknown (Illustration 1).

Notable Officers

Sir William Brereton

Chidley Coote

Chidley Coote was brother of Sir Charles Coote, Second Baronet. He defended Birr Castle from 1641 until its fall in 1643. After serving in Ireland with his father and brother, Coote came to England following the cessation and served as Lieutenant Colonel of Sir William Brereton’s Regiment of Foot. In September 1644 he was attempting to raise a troop but this appears to have come to nothing and instead by December he had taken over the troop of Sir William Brereton’s Regiment of Horse raised by Francis Farrington. He Claimed for pay under Brereton from 20/10/44 till 10/08/45. At this point he transferred to command the Shropshire horse being promoted Colonel on 08/11/45 and serving until 31/07/46. He then raised Colonel Chidley Coote’s Regiment of Horse for service in Ireland.


  • Sir Wm Brereton's owne company under ye conduct of Lt Col. Venables 150 at Tarvin
  • Lt Col Cooke 100 at Wirhall Hooton
  • Major Croxton 160 at Nantwich
  • Ld Calvin about 100 at Sall(?)
  • Capt. Finch's Dragoons about 70
  • Capt. Sadler 70 in Salop
  • Capt. Moncke 60 in Staffe
  • Capt. Greene 120 at Wyre
  • Capt. Glegge now disposed of, Capt. Birkened 160 at Wyrhall
  • Capt. R(a)thbone 80 at Wyre
  • Capt. Hardware 60 at Tarvin
  • Capt. Spcere 40 in Sallop
  • Capt. Wm and Capt. Rich. Coventry and Capt. Ball 150 at Wyrhall
  • Capt. Houltes Ffirelocks

See Also

1) Image by kind permission of Wargames Designs
2) Information kindly provided by BCW Wiki contributor 1642
3) British Library Additional Manuscript 11331,45