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Lord Claneboys’ Regiment of Foot

Active1641 to 1649
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
ColonelLord Claneboys
Area RaisedDown & Antrim
Coat Colour
Flag ColourRed and White
Flag DesignUnknown
Field ArmiesMonro 1642-6
Montgomery 1649

Also known as the Earl of Clanbrassil's Regiment of Foot

Ulster settler regiment of foot from County Down fighting at Benburb

Service History


  • Claneboys raises a regiment of 1000 under the King's commission1).
  • November: Relief of Lisnegarvey


  • April to August: Quartered in Co. Down
  • July: Paid by the English Parliament
  • July: Detachment of 500 assigned to a force intended to march on Limerick2)


  • August to September: Siege of Charlemont


  • January: 1st Lord Claneboys dies
  • 2nd Lord Claneboys petitions Ormond to succeed his father as Colonel3)



  • June: Battle of Benburb




  • September: Mustered at Ballycoine
  • December: Battle of Lisnegarvey?


Claneboys' foot were heavily defeated at Benburb, losing Lt Col. Crawford and three captians. Claneboys joined Monro's Scots fighting on behalf of the Royalists in 1649 but was defeated at Lisnegarvey by the Parliamentarians Venables and Coote and surrendered soon after.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

The regiment carried red and white colours made from taffeta sarsenet, but the design of these flags is unknown4).

Notable Officers

James Hamilton, 1st Viscount Claneboys

James Hamilton, 1st Viscount Claneboye died in 1644 at the age of 84.

James Hamilton, 2nd Viscount Claneboys

James Hamilton, 2nd Viscount Claneboye succeeded his father and was created 1st Earl of Clanbrassil in 1647. He was a very fat young man.

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 at Killyleagh in April5) and at various points in Co. Down in July/August6)

  • Colonel James Hamilton, Lord Claneboys
    • Captain-Lieutenant Thomas Twedie
  • Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Hamilton
  • Major John Hogg
  • Captain James Moore
  • Captain Valentine Payne
  • Captain James Hathorne
  • Captain Humphrey Burrowes
  • Captain Robert Boyde
  • Captain James Hamilton (killed at Benburb, he was buried at St Patrick's church Benburb where there is an extant memorial)
  • Captain Alexander Hamilton


  • April 1642:1000
  • July 1642: 106 officers and 936 men in 10 companies, with 42 wagon horses7)
  • August 1642: 956

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) CSPI 1633-47 p391
4) , 7) The Battle of Benburb 1646. Clive Hollick, Mercier Press, 2011. ISBN 978 1 85635 670 1.
5) N.A. SP28/120/105-139 and 766-768.
6) N.A. SP28/120/554-573.