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 ====Robert Russell==== ====Robert Russell====
 A captain under Clotworthy, he became the final colonel of the regiment. A captain under Clotworthy, he became the final colonel of the regiment.
 +====Payne Fisher====
 +Served as Captain Lieutenant before leaving to Carlisle in 1644, see below.
 ====Officer Lists==== ====Officer Lists====
 June 1643 June 1643
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   *Captain Roger Langford knt   *Captain Roger Langford knt
   *Captain Willaim Bowleigh   *Captain Willaim Bowleigh
 +=====Contemporary References=====
 +AMONGST what are termed the " Additional Manuscripts,"​ in the British Museum, there is a small quarto volume of Latin and English MS. poetry, which had formerly belonged to the late Sir William Betham. It is entitled Fancies occasionally written on several Occurrances,​ and revised here, vidtt., from July the 22'​«*,​ 1645, to July 28'A, 1646. A short prose dedication, from the writer to his "​trusty,​ honored, and no less obligingly indeared friend, E. P.," is dated Feb. 17th, 1647,  and subscribed with the letters 'P. ff." At the end there is the following memorandum:​— " Gawen Paige ye 20th May, 1683, ex dono Gulielmi Kellet."​ In this volume there are four unpublished poems relating to Ulster, written at the eventful period of the early part of the Great Rebellion, by a person then serving against the Irish, in the regiment raised by the English Parliament, and commanded by Sir John Clotworthy. ​
 +I had not much difficulty in discovering who ' P. F./ the writer of these poems, was. A Latin poem, on the battle of Marston Moor, in the same volume, is one of the first published works of a certain Payne Fisher, the author of an immense number of poems, pamphlets, &c., and a person of considerable literary notoriety in his day, though now almost utterly forgotten, and even the names 
 +of the greater portion of his works buried in not ill-merited oblivion. Payne Fisher, or Paganus Piscator, as, in the puerile pedantry of the period, he delighted to style himself, was son of a gentleman of the same name, who was Captain of the Body-guard to Charles I. He was born in Gloucestershire,​ at the seat of Sir Robert Neale, his maternal grandfather;​ and in 1634, when eighteen years of age, entered Hart Hall, Oxford, as a commoner. He subsequently removed to Magdalen College, Cambridge, where he exhibited considerable poetical talent, and took one degree in art; but, as old Wood" quaintly relates, " having a rambling head, he threw off his gown, went to Brabant, and trailed a pike in the garrison of Bolduc."​ Returning to England, he served as an ensign in the army raised by Charles I. to act against the Scotch. After that army was disbanded, he was appointed to an ensigncy in the regiment raised by order of Parliament, in December, 1641, to act against the Irish rebels, and commanded by Sir John Clotworthy. It is probable that, at this  period, Fisher was more attached to the King's cause than his Colonel, for he only remained about two years in England [Ireland??​],​ during which time he rose to be captain-lieutenant. ​
 +In 1644, furnished with letters of introduction from the staunch Royalist, Colonel Chichester, he crossed over to England, and at once obtained a majority in the regiment commanded by Sir Patrick Curwen, in the King's service. He was at the battle of Marston Moor, where he was taken prisoner, and sent to Newgate. He found his confinement in that prison much worse than the hardships he suffered in Ireland, as appears by the following extract from a poem, in the volume already described, entitled ​
 +A Description on Newgate, upon my first Committment thither as a Prisoner of Warre:— (To my honored friend, Sir J. Clo. Knt.} " ​
 +When shall we meet again, Sir, and restoare ​
 +Those pristine Pastimes we found heretofore ? 
 +When shall we againe unkennel up those men, 
 +Or rather Hydras, from their hell-deepe den ? 
 +Those Boggs, those Woods, through which I marcht and stood 
 +Above my middle, both in Myre and Mudd, 
 +Were nothing to my present griefs; to these 
 +They were but Fictions and Hyperboles. ​
 +Fatal Glencontain,​ too, tho' cursed by some, 
 +To this place sure was an Elizium." ​
 =====Strength===== =====Strength=====
   *1641-2: 1000 men to be raised((Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde))   *1641-2: 1000 men to be raised((Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde))