Colonel Henry Grey’s Regiment of Foot

Active1647 - 1648
CountryIreland
AllegianceProtestant
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
TypeFoot
ColonelHenry Grey
Area RaisedLincolnshire
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesInchiquin 1647

Regiment of foot serving in Ireland under Inchiquin

Service History

1646

  • June: Commissions issued to form regiment
  • October: Regiment at Bristol.1)

1647

  • January: Grey petitions Parliament for his arrears and permission to return to his regiment in Ireland.2)
  • November: Battle of Knocknanuss, Grey killed

Notes

There is a question over the original command of the regiment. All references to the raising of the regiment in the Calendar of State Papers relating to Ireland (CSPI) only refer to Colonel Grey with no first name. In August 1646 some two months after receiving his commission it was reported that “Colonel Grey, in his journey towards Lincoln is fallen very sick, and not like to recover.”3) Whilst in May 1647 it was stated that “Col Grey may transfer the command of his regiment to his brother, who is now in Ireland with it”.4) However the regiment was certainly based on the regiment Henry Grey had commanded in Lincolnshire, and Henry was clearly commanding it in Ireland.5) and died at it's head at Knocknanuss.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Confusingly, Charles Kightly reports an order in SP28 for 366 pairs of brogues and stockings for Col Henry Grey's Regiment in Munster from August 1643.6)

Notable Officers

Henry Grey

Killed at Knocknanuss

Officer Lists

  • Colonel Henry Grey
  • Lieutenant Colonel Peter Stubber (Returned to England after Inchiquin's change of sides and given command of his own Regiment for service in Ireland.)
  • Major Hawkins (Originally commissioned to raise men in June 1646)7)
  • Major Richard May (Major in Summer 1647 then became Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel John Gifford’s Regiment of Foot)8)
  • Captain John Grey (briefly succeded May as Major)9)
  • Captain Andrew Ruddock
  • Captain Thomas Chandler
  • Captain [ ] Fenn
  • Captain Samuel Playford
  • Captain ?

Stubber, Ruddock, Chandler and Playford had all served under Gray in England.

Strength

  • 25/09/47: 732 men + officers

See Also

1) CSPI 1633-47. p529
2) HMC 7th Report App 1 p1
3) CSPI 1633-47 p500
4) CSPI 1647-60 p748
5) see for example N.A. SP28/48/29
6) English Civil War Notes and Queries, Issue 2, p6
7) CSPI 1633-47 p470
8) N.A. SP28/47/176; HMC Ormonde Mss vol 1 p220
9) CSPI 1647-60 p17