Colonel Arthur Chichester's Regiment of Foot

Active1641 to 1644?
CountryIreland
AllegianceProtestant
Parliamentarian
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeFoot
ColonelArthur Chichester
Area RaisedUlster
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesGarrison

Regiment of Ulster Foot Garrisoning Belfast

Service History

1641

  • Regiment raised?

1642

  • Garrison of Belfast
  • July: Detachment of 500 assigned to force intended to march on Limerick1)

1643

  • Chichester made governor of Belfast

1644

  • 14th May: Scots seize Belfast2)3).

Notes

Chichester had commanded a Foot company in the prewar Irish army. In 1641-2 he was commissioned to raise a regiment of 1000 men by Parliament4). The regiment appears to have broken up following its expulsion from Belfast by the Scots.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

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.

Arthur Chichester

Arthur Chichester was created 1st Earl of Donegall in 1647.

Officer Lists

By the time of the first extant muster roll (26/04/42)5) the regiment had apparently already lost two officers as two companies are given as commanded by Lieutenants.

  • Colonel Arthur Chichester
    • Captain-Lieutenant Francis Meeke
  • Captain Sir Roger Longford (By May had joined Sir John Clotworthy’s Regiment of Foot)6)
  • Captain Roger Lyndon
  • Captain Humphrey Johnson
  • Captain Arthur Dillon
  • Captain Alexander Pennycooke (also given as Pincock, and Penicake)
  • Captain James McCullogh
  • Lieutenant Thomas Theaker
  • Lieutenant John Ellis

Muster 08/08/427)

  • Colonel Arthur Chichester
    • Captain-Lieutenant Francis Meeke
  • Captain Roger Lyndon
  • Captain Humphrey Johnson
  • Captain Arthur Dillon
  • Captain Alexander Pennycooke (also given as Pincock, and Penicake)
  • Captain James McCullogh
  • Captain Edmond Mathews (Lt Thomas Theaker)
  • Captain John Ellis

Muster 12/09/428) As above but Mathews promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.

Muster 20/04/43 (incomplete)9)

  • Colonel Arthur Chichester
  • Major Edward Chichester, later Lt Col10).
  • Captain Humphrey Johnson
  • Captain John Ellis
  • Captain Henry Gould

Strength

  • 1641-2: 1000 to be raised
  • April 1642: 827 men.
  • July 1642: 790 men.
  • September 1642: 807 men.

See Also

1) Journals of the House of Lords V 226
2) CSPI 1633-47 p393
4) Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde
5) N.A. SP28/120/141-155.
6) N.A. SP28/7/514.
7) N.A. SP28/120/444-471.
8) N.A. SP28/120/1079-1109.
9) N.A. SP28/316/594-601