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Sir Hardress Waller’s Regiment of Foot

Active1646 to 1649
CountryIreland
AllegianceProtestant
Parliamentarian
Royalist
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir Hardress Waller
Peregrine Banastre
Sir Edmond Verney
Area RaisedMunster
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesInchiquin 1646-9
Ormonde 1649

Later Colonel Peregrine Banastre's Regiment of Foot, subsequently led by Sir Edmond Verney and known as the Lord Lieutenant's or Ormonde's Regiment

Munster regiment of foot of Inchiquin’s forces massacred at Drogheda in 1649

Service History

1646

  • January: Serving in Munster

1647

  • August: Serving in Inchiquin's army
  • November: Battle of Knocknanus (led by Lt Col Crocker)

1648

1649

  • Serving in Inchiquin's army
  • August: Battle of Rathmines?
  • September: Besieged at Drogheda
  • September: Massacred at Drogheda

Notes

Banastre probably took over Waller's regiment in 1647 (See Officer Lists below). The same regiment is apparently still in Inchiquin's Army in 1649, but is now called “The Lord Lieutenant's regiment” i.e. Ormonde's. No Colonel's company is listed but it appears that Sir Edmond Verney was now serving as Colonel of the Regiment. Besieged by Cromwell at Drogheda the regiment was destroyed in the subsequent massacre with Verney killed there.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Sir Hardress Waller

Sir Hardress Waller Cousin of Sir William Waller with interests in Ireland. Initially he served as Lt Col of Lord Inchiquin's foot in Munster, then came to England where he led successively a Southern Association and the New Model Army regiment. He seconded Colonel Pride during Pride's Purge and was a signatory of the King's death warrant. He returned to Ireland with part of his New Model Army regiment in 1649. As a regicide, he was imprisoned for life at the Restoration.

Peregrine Banastre

Previously served as Major to Lord Inchiquin’s Regiment of Horse. He was a member of Inchiquin's council of war signing nearly all the survivimg orders in 16471). Contrary to the suggestion in the Egmont Mss, he is almost certainly not the Captain Banestre complained of by some of the English officers as “a common drunkard”

Marquis of Ormonde

James Butler, Marquis of Ormond apparently nominal commander of the regiment in 1649.

Sir Edmond Verney

Sir Edmond Verney previously served Ormonde in Ireland and fought in the First Civil War in England. He was said to have been killed in cold blood by Cromwell's men at Drogheda.

Officer Lists

August 1646

(This list is slightly conjectural. The documents on which it is based gives amounts paid to undivided lists of companies but the bulk of them do appear to breakdown into the 3 regiments of Inchiquin, Hardress Waller and Henry O'Brian)2)

  • Colonel Sir Hardrass Waller
  • [Lieutenant Colonel Walter Crocker]3)(Commission 10/12/45)4)
  • Captain Dowdall
  • Captain Southwell
  • Captain [John] Hodder (Also acted as Commissary for Provisions.5) His Company was still in existance in Aug 1647 but it's regimental attachment is unclear.6) )
  • Captain John Hassett
  • Captain Hugh Crocker

August 1647

from7)

  • Colonel Perigrine Banastre
  • Lieutenant Colonel [Walter Crocker?]
  • Major Richard Boyle
  • Captain Dowdall
  • Captain Crocker
  • Captain Hassett

1649

From 8)

  • Colonel Sir Edmond Verney
  • Lieutenant Colonel Byrne
  • Major Boyle
  • Captain Bent
  • Captain Jefferyes
  • Captain Dowdall
  • Captain Crooker
  • Captain Fisher

Contemporary Documents

CSPI July 1646

Sir Hardress Waller asks leave to carry over some officers and 500 or 600 men to recruit his regiment in Munster. It was the first raised by the Lord President, and devolved on Sir Hardress after his death. The Committee decide to consider and report on the sending of recruits to all regiments.

Strength

  • 21/08/47: 275 men + officers
  • August 1649: 540 in all; Colonel, Major, 9 Capt, 11 Lt, 9 Ens, 23 Sgt, 27 Corp, 13 drums, 429 private soldiers, 10 reformados, preacher, chaplain, chirurgion & mate, quartermaster, carriage master, marshall9)

See Also

1) N.A. SP28/47 SP28/48
2) N.A. SP28/39/118-119
3) TT E354(6)
4) Public record Office of Northern Ireland ref D350/1
5) N.A. SP28/47/233
6) N.A. SP28/47/225, 275
7) N.A. SP28/47/236 and SP28/48/21
8) HMC Ormonde Mss vol 1 pp214-5, 220
9) Gilbert. A Contemporary History of Affairs in Ireland. Vol 2 p498