Sir Charles Coote’s Regiment of Foot

Active1642 to 1660
CountryIreland
AllegianceProtestant
Parliamentarian
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir Charles Coote
Area RaisedConnaught
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesCoote 1649-51

Regiment of Foot raised and fighting in Ireland and eventually maintained by the Commonwealth

Service History

1642

  • Coote (jr) raises a company in Connaught

1643

  • April: Sir Charles Coote to raise the companies now in the Counties of Roscommon and Jamestown and Drumrusk to a full regiment of 1,000 men1)

1644

1645

  • July: Coote takes Sligo

1646

  • January: Coote's regiment in Connaught

1647

1648

1649

  • March to August: Besieged at Derry by the Laggan Army
  • September: Storm of Coleraine?
  • November: Take Carrickfergus?
  • December: Take Carrickfergus?

1650

  • January: Takes surrender of Monro at Enniskillen
  • June: Battle of Lifford?
  • June: Battle of Scarrifhollis?
  • August: Repulsed from Charlemont?

1651

  • June: Take Athlone?
  • June: Take Portumna?
  • August to May 1652: Siege of Galway

1652

1653

1654

1655

1656

  • November: Paid arrears

1657

1658

1659

1660

Notes

A brief history of the regiment is given in The Regimental History of Cromwell's Army by Sir Charles Firth and Godfrey Davies, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1940

Sir Charles Coote, Second Baronet, fought against the Irish Confederates from the beginning of the Irish Uprising in 1641. In 1641-2 he raised a company of 100 foot in Connaught2). His father the first Baronet, confusingly also named Sir Charles Coote, campaigned as part of Ormond’s forces until killed at Trim in 1642. Sir Charles Coote junior was driven from Connaught in 1643 and travelled to England hoping to gain support. Receiving no help from the King, he declared for Parliament and in 1645 was appointed President of Connaught.

In January 1646 Coote's regiment were in Connaught, together with Sir George St George's 'old company'. In 1649 Coote, acting on behalf of Parliament, was besieged at Derry by his previous allies of the Laggan Army. Enduring the siege, he went on to co-operate with Cromwell and Venables. In 1650 he accepted the surrender of the remains of Monro’s Scots expeditionary force in Ulster. The regiment probably fought at the Battle of Scarrifhollis that year and at the siege of Galway the next year. In 1656 his regiment of foot was paid arrears. The regiment continued to serve in Ireland up to the Restoration.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Sir Charles Coote, Second Baronet

Officer Lists

Winter 1647-83)

  • Colonel Sir Charles Coote
    • Capt Lt?4) Henry Ormsbey
  • Major Francis Gore
  • Capt Sir George St George (had an additional 'old company' in 1646}
  • Capt Francis King
  • Capt Boyle
  • Capt Robt Ormsbey
  • Capt Rich Coote
  • Capt Andrew Adayer
  • Capt Alex Staples
  • Capt Blackney
  • Capt Charles Gore
  • Capt Robert Parke

Strength

  • January 1646: 10 companies

See Also

1) CSPD 1633-47 p 380
2) Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde
3) N.A. SP28/202/287v
4) first entry in list just given as Lieut. Could possibly be Lieutenant Colonel