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Lord Conway’s Regiment of Foot

Active1642 to
CountryIreland
AllegianceProtestant
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeFoot
ColonelLord Conway
Lord Blayney
Area RaisedUlster
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesLaggan Army
Monro 1642
Monro 1646

Ulster protestant regiment of foot serving in the Confederate War, fighting at Benburb

Later Lord Blayney's Regiment of Foot

Service History

1642

  • Raised
  • January: One months pay for the Officers ordered to be sent from London.1)
  • May: Taking of Newry
  • July: Assigned to a force assembled to take Limerick2)

1643

1644

1645

  • Ulster Colonels request that Mr Edward Conway replace his father, Lord Conway, as Colonel, the regiment being quartered in a very wasted part of the country3)

1646

  • January: Lord Blayney commanding in place of Lord Conway
  • June: Battle of Benburb

Notes

Newly raised in Ulster in 1641-24). Conway even conscripted captured rebels from Newry5).

Coats, Flags & Equipment

In January 1642 1000 muskets and 1500 swords were ordered to be sent to Conway's and Clotworthy's regiments, but these didn't arrive until March 6)

Notable Officers

A list of the unit's officers is shown in Army List of the Ulster British Forces, 1642-1646. by Kevin Forkan. Archivium Hibernicum, Vol. 59 (2005), pp. 51-65 available via JSTOR. A list of the regiment's officers is also shown in An English Army for Ireland by Ian Ryder, Partizan Press.

Lord Conway

Edward Conway, 2nd Viscount Conway and Viscount Killultagh previously served as commander of the King's horse at the Battle of Newburn Ford in the Second Bishops' War of 1640.

Lord Blayney

Henry Blayney, 2nd Baron Blayney (d. 1646) was Lt Col. of Conway's foot from 1642 and took over the regiment in 1645. He was killed at the Battle of Benburb.

Strength

  • 1641-2: 1000 men
  • June 1642: 1000 men

See Also

1) N.A. SP28/1B331
2) Journals of the House of Lords V 226
3) CSPI 1633-47 p402
4) Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde
5) The Battle of Benburb 1646. Clive Hollick, Mercier Press, 2011. ISBN 978 1 85635 670 1.
6) An English Army for Ireland by Ian Ryder. Partizan Press