Sir James Montgomery’s Regiment of Foot

Active1642 to 1649
CountryIreland
AllegianceProtestant
Royalist
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir James Montgomery
Area RaisedDown
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesMonro 1642-6

Ulster settler regiment of foot fighting at Benburb

Service History

1641

  • Montgomery raises 1000 foot in Ulster
  • November: Defence of Lisnegarvey

1642

  • Montgomery's regiment under the King's commission1).
  • Garrison of Portaferry
  • April: Mustered at Portaferry
  • April: Skirmish at Kilwarlin Woods2)
  • July: Paid by Parliament
  • July: Detachment of 500 assigned to a force intended to march on Limerick3)

1643

  • November: Men from the unit attempt to join the Scots in the hope of evacuation to Scotland

1644

1645

  • Quartered in Little Ardes and Lecale

1646

  • June: Battle of Benburb

1647

1648

1649

  • September: Mustered at Ballycoine

Notes

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Sir James Montgomery

Of Rosemount, brother of 2nd Lord Montgomery

Officer Lists

Lists of the unit's officers are 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, An English Army for Ireland by Ian Ryder, Partizan Press and The Battle of Benburb 1646 Clive Hollick, Mercier Press, 2011.

Strength

  • 1641-2: 1000 raised
  • April 1642: 103 officers, 7 staff officers, 764 men in 10 companies and 40 wagon horses
  • 1642: 800 men
  • September 1649: Sir James Montgomerye's:— the sargeant-major; captaines, 2; leiutenants, 2; ensignes, 2; sergeants, 4; corporalls, 6; drums, 3; souldiers, 1764).

See Also

1) Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde
2) The Battle of Benburb 1646. Clive Hollick, Mercier Press, 2011. ISBN 978 1 85635 670 1.
3) Journals of the House of Lords V 226
4) Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde, p206