Lord Montgomery of Ardes’ Regiment of Foot

Active1641 to
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
ColonelLord Montgomery of Ardes
Area RaisedArds
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Field ArmiesMonro 1642-6

Ulster settler regiment of foot fighting at Benburb

Service History


  • November: Montgomery commissioned to raise a regiment
  • Garrison Newtown


  • Montgomery of Ardes said to have raised 1000 foot in Ulster under the King's commission1).
  • June: Taking of Charlemont town but not the fort
  • July: Mustered at Comber, Co. Down
  • July: Detachment of 500 assigned to a force intended to march on Limerick2)
  • November: Hugh, 2nd Viscount, dies and Hugh, 3rd Viscount takes over
  • December: Quartered at and around Comber





  • June: Battle of Benburb




  • September: Mustered at Ballycoine for the Ulster Royalists


Coats, Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Hugh, 2nd Viscount Montgomery of Ardes

Hugh Montgomery, 2nd Viscount Montgomery of Ards died in November 1642 after raising the regiment

Hugh, 3rd Viscount Montgomery of Ardes

Hugh Montgomery, 3rd Viscount Montgomery of Ards succeeded his father in 1642. He also briefly commanded George Monro's Foot in 1649. Due to a riding injury he had a chest cavity through which his heart could be discerned, though usually covered by a metal plate.

Officer Lists

Lists of the unit's officers are 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, An English Army for Ireland by Ian Ryder, Partizan Press and The Battle of Benburb 1646. Clive Hollick, Mercier Press, 2011.


Mustered in 16423)

  • Colonel Hugh Lord Viscount Montgomery of the Ards
    • Captain-Lieutenant Robert McGill
  • Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Montgomery
  • Major James/Samuel Agnew (given as James in muster of April and Samuel in July)
  • Captain Findley Furguson
  • Captain Hugh Moore
  • Captain David Kennedy
  • Captain John Forrester
  • Captain Robert Logan
  • Captain John Keith
  • Captain William Shawe


  • 1641-2: 1000 raised
  • July 1642: 108 officers and 1000 men in 10 companies with 34 wagon horses
  • September 1649: The lord of Ardes regiment :— The collonell; leiutenant-coilonell; captaines, 2; leiutenants, 2; ensignes, 2; sergeants, 5; corporalls, 6; drums, 2; souldiers, 140.

See Also

1) Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde
2) Journals of the House of Lords V 226
3) N.A. SP28/120.