Colonel John Gifford’s Regiment of Foot

Active1647 to 1650
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
ColonelJohn Gifford
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Field ArmiesInchiquin 1647
Ormond 1649
Cromwell 1650

Regiment of foot initially serving in Ireland under Inchiquin and Ormond, then declaring for Parliament in 1649

Service History


  • November: Battle of Knocknanuss



  • August: Battle of Rathmines
  • October: At Cork, Gifford leads revolt of Munster forces in favour of Cromwell


  • A Lt Col William Wetton brings 590 recruits for Monck's regiment from England
  • January: Taking of Deeps Castle
  • May: George Monck mentioned as Colonel
  • Likely disbanded, perhaps drafted into Colonel Reeves’ Regiment


Gifford served as a captain or major in Inchiquin’s army in 1646 and by 1647 was in command of a regiment of foot, fighting at Knocknanuss. Following Inchiquin, the regiment fought on the Royalist side at Rathmines where they performed well, holding up Jones' advance until overwhelmed whereupon Gifford offered to change sides and join Jones. The remnants then retired to Cork where in the autumn of 1649 Gifford was one of the leaders of a revolt that resulted in them declaring for Parliament. In January 1650 they were reducing various strongholds in Munster. By the May George Monck was noted as Colonel but this appears either temporary or entirely nominal, as the regiment was soon disbanded. They may have joined Colonel Reeves’ Regiment.

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Notable Officers

John Gifford

Not to be confused with Sir John Gifford, often called Jefford.


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