Colonel Arthur Radford’s Regiment of Foot

Active1644 to 1646?
ConflictsFirst Civil War?
ColonelArthur Radford
Area RaisedDorset
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Field ArmiesGarrison

Royalist regiment of foot from Dorset

Service History


  • Garrison at Sturminster Castle
  • Summer: Evacuate on the approach of Essex's army



  • June: Radford compounds on Exeter articles


Coats, Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Arthur Radford

Of Develish, Dorset

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user '1642'

  • Colonel Arthur Radford
  • Lieutenant Colonel John Dirdo
  • Lieutenant Morgan Cave I.O. Dorset to Lt. Col. Dirdo
  • Lieutenant Clifford Hussy I.O. Dorset
  • Lieutenant Henry Willys I.O. Somerset

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user '1642

Here Lieth the body of John Dirdo Gent. Who died the 27th December 1691

Arthur Radford Colonel for the King summoned the County to appear at Sturminster for raising souldiers, Robert Busbridge was sat at the Table with him.

Busbridge secretly took bribes of between 5 and 10 shillings to strike out certain mens names from the list to be soldiers under Radford.

The Regiment were in garrison at Sturminster Castle with Radford as Governor but left the Castle in 1644 upon the advance of the Parliamentary Army.


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