Captain Thomas Sandford’s Company of Firelocks

Active1642 to 1644
CountryEngland
AllegianceProtestant
Royalist
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
First Civil War
TypeFoot
CaptainThomas Sandford
Coat Colour
Area RaisedEngland
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesOrmonde 1642-3
Byron 1643-4

Independent company of firelocks that was raised for service in Ireland, returned to Britain in late 1643 and fought for the Royalists

Service History

1642

  • 22 March: Land at Dublin.
  • Serving in Ireland under Ormonde

1643

  • 16 November: Returned to Mostyn, Flintshire from Leinster, Ireland
  • November to December: Siege of Hawarden Castle
  • December: Storm of Beeston Castle

1644

  • January: Siege of Nantwich
  • January: Battle of Nantwich

Notes

Initially appear to have been attached to the Lord Lieutenant General’s Regiment of Foot1). Likely defected to the Parliamentarians after being captured at Nantwich.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Equipped with firelock muskets

Notable Officers

Captain Thomas Sandford

Killed at the siege of Nantwich.

Strength

  • 1642: 200 men2)
  • November 1642: 131 mustered at Dublin
  • November 1643: 50 men shipped back to Flintshire

See Also

1) An English army for Ireland by Ian Ryder, Partizan Press
2) Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde