Sir Charles Coote’s Regiment of Foot

Active1640 to
CountryIreland
AllegianceProtestant
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir Charles Coote
Earl of Kildare
Area RaisedConnaught
Coat Colour
Flag ColourOrange tawney & green1)
Flag Designunknown
Field ArmiesStrafford 1640
Ormonde 1641-2

Later the Earl of Kildare's Regiment of Foot

Regiment of foot raised for Strafford's army, then serving in Ireland at the outbreak of the Irish rebellion

Service History

1640

  • Raised in Connaught

1641

  • May: Disbanded
  • November to March 1642: Besieged in Drogheda (det)
  • December: Skirmish at Kilcoole?

1642

  • May: Maj Peisley's company in garrison at Dublin2).
  • May: Coote killed
  • December?: Kildare takes over regiment.3)

Notes

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Carried flags of orange tawney and green when raised in 1640

Notable Officers

A list of the regiment's officers is also shown in An English Army for Ireland by Ian Ryder, Partizan Press.

Sir Charles Coote, 1st Baronet

Sir Charles Coote (senior) was one of the Protestant leaders at the start of the Irish revolt. He was killed in a skirmish at Trim on the 7th of May 1642. His son, Sir Charles Coote, 2nd Baronet, also fought in the Confederate Wars and led Protestant and Parliamentarian forces in Ulster.

Earl of Kildare

George FitzGerald, 16th Earl of Kildare, referred to as the 'fairy Earl' after his death, due to his unusually small portrait.

Michael Jones

Michael Jones served as Major to the regiment under Kildare but defected to the Parliamentarians after the Cessation of 1643.

Officer Lists

Commissioned 1641

Sir Charles Coote's regiment :—Captains : Roger Moyines, Ralph Gee, Charles Townsly, John Welldone, Prime[iron] Rochford, Christopher Roapar, Robert Caufield, William Piggott, Edward Aldridge, Adam Loftus4).

Commissioned by December 1641

Sir Charles Coote's regiment :— Captain Peisley, not armed. Captain Erasmus Burroughs, armed ; Captains : Wingfield, armed ; Barry, unarmed ; Harman (blank) ; Edward Trevor, unarmed ; Erasmus Burroughs, armed for defence of the Castle [of Dublin] ; — Cave(blank); Hassall, armed for defence of the College [ Dublin] ; William Welldon, unarmed.

1641-2

The Earle of Kildare's regiment5).

  • Colonel The Earle of Kildare
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Arthur Loftus
  • Serjeant-Major Christopher Roper
  • Lord Caulfeild
  • Captain Michaell Jones
  • Captain Richard Wingfield
  • Captain John Pigot
  • Captain William Pigot
  • Captain Prime[iron] Rochfort
  • Captain Richard Cave.

May 1642

  • Earle of Kildare :—Sir Arthur Loftus ; Sergeant-Major Piesley. Captains: Jones, Wingeild, Lord Cauleild, Rochfort, Pigott, (sic) Pigott, Cave.6).

Strength

  • 1642: Establishment of 1000 men7)

Peisley's Coy mustered 3rd May 1642

  • Serjeant-Major Peisley :—Present : officers, 7 ; pikes, 35 ; musketts, 28 = 60. Absent : lieutenant at Naas, I ; soldiars there, 7 ; at Uroghedagh, 10; sick, 10; at Balgriffin, 1 = 29. Killed in service, 5 ; dead, 1 ;others entred in their places. In all, 89.

See Also

1) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846
2) Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde, p134
3) N.A. SP28/298/472.
4) , 5) Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde
6) Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde, p135
7) An English Army for Ireland by Ian Ryder. Partizan Press