Sir Arthur Loftus’s Regiment of Foot

Active1645 or 1646 - 1648?
CountryIreland
AllegianceProtestant
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir Arthur Loftus
William Knight
Area RaisedEngland/Ireland
Coat Colourred & grey?
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field Armies Inchiquin

Later, Colonel William Knight's Regiment of Foot

Protestant foot raised in England and serving in Munster

Service History

1644

  • December: Loftus to raise 300 men in London, “by beat of drum”, to serve in Duncannon.1)

1645

  • January: Parliament appoint Loftus Governor of Duncannon fort in place of Lord Esmonde. Captain Lawrence Larcan of that garrison commissioned as Lt-Col to Loftus.2) However on the 20th January, Duncannon was placed under siege by the Catholic Confederates and when it surrendered in March Lord Esmonde was still in command with Larcan having been killed during the siege.
  • June Inchiquin request that parliament pay to “complete that Part of a Regiment sent over with Sir Arthur Loftus to a Thousand Men”.3)
  • July: Parliament orders “That the Soldiers formerly transported by Sir Arthur Loftus for the Service of Ireland, who deserted the Service of the Parliament there, and joined with the Rebels, and returned into England by a Pass from the Marquis of Ormond, shall be proceeded against according to Martial Law”.4)

1646

  • January: Listed as one of 8 foot regiments in the Munster Forces.5)
  • May: Loftus in London.6)
  • July: Regiment intended as Garrison of the Earl of Thomond's house at Bunratty.7)
  • July: Bunratty taken Lt Col MacAdams killed.8)
  • September: Loftus raising a regiment for Ireland in the Eastern Association counties.9)

1647

  • Before May: beaten up by the country and broken to pieces
  • August: Knight promoted to Colonel

1648

  • April: Inchiquin declares for the King. Officers who do not support his action ordered to leave Ireland
  • May: Loftus and his officers arrive in London

Notes

In 1642 Loftus was serving as Lt-Col to The Earl of Kildare's Regiment of Foot. He appears to have raised two regiments. One in the spring of 1645 the second in autumn 1646. The second regiment was intended to form part of a brigade under Lord Broghill together with the regiments of Colonel's Sterling10), Francis Roe and Needham.11).

Coats, Flags & Equipment

In 1645 The regiment was issued with 800 sets of coats, breeches, caps, shoes and stockings. They also received 20 “red and grey suites for seargents & drummers”, although this would only have been sufficient for one or the other.12)

Notable Officers

Sir Arthur Loftus

William Knight

Lt Col to Loftus until promoted at the end of August 1647.

Officer List

Officers 1645

  • Colonel Sir Arthur Loftus
  • Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence Larcan (Killed before he could take up command)
  • Major ??
  • Captain Thomas Jephson (ordered to sail to Duncannon 28/02/45)13)
  • Captain [ ] Ellis (Ordered to sail to Duncannon from Portsmouth 04/04/45)14)

July 1646

  • Lieutenant Colonel MacAdams (Killed at Bunratty)15)

New Regiment 1646

  • Colonel Sir Arthur Loftus
  • Lieutenant Colonel Le Hunt16)
  • Major Henry Philips17)

Officers in London 164818)

  • Colonel Sir Arthur Loftus
    • Captain Lieutenant Dudley Loftus
  • (Lieutenant-)Colonel George Hooper
  • Captain William Tynte
  • Captain Henry Gibbon
  • Captain Thomas Harte
  • Captain John Jefford

Strength

  • 1645: c.300 men sent from England. From clothing issue this was raised to 800 men in 10 companies on arrival in Ireland.
  • 14/08/47: 462 men + officers

See Also

1) CSPD 1644-45 p190.
2) CSPD 1644-45 p291.
3) House of Lords Journal Volume 7 pp 410-411
4) House of Commons Journal Volume 4 p210
5) CSPI 1633-47 p433
6) CSPI 1633-47 p447
7) CSPI 1633-47 p477
8) , 15) TT E346(5)
9) , 16) CSPI 1633-47 p504
10) Changed to that of Colonal Grey. CSPI 1633-47 p520
11) CSPI 1633-47 p506
12) N.A. SP28/202/323v
13) CSPD 1644-45 p 327
14) CSPD 1644-45 p 385
17) CSPI 1633-47 p507
18) Calendar of the state papers relating to Ireland preserved in the Public Record Office 1647-1660 (1903)