Sir Robert Arden’s Regiment of Foot

Active1642 to 1643
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir Robert Arden
Area RaisedWarwickshire?
Coat Colour
Flag Coloursee below
Flag Design
Field ArmiesGarrison

Royalist regiment of foot perhaps in garrison at Tamworth Castle

Service History


  • September: Arden lists soldiers at the Commission of Array
  • Garrison of Tamworth Castle?


  • February: Arden commissioned to raise a regiment of 1200 foot
  • June: Besieged at Tamworth Castle?
  • August: Arden dies at Oxford of smallpox


Despite a rather shady existence, this regiment seems to have been the garrison of Tamworth Castle until taken by Purefoy and Barker in June 1643. As no more is heard of Arden's regiment of 1200 foot it seems likely that he was unable to raise it before he became ill and died.

Coats, Flags & Equipment

In 1642 Arden gave red and green colours to the men he listed for the King. A Mr. William Kittermaster gave yellow and watchwood (presumably watchett, pale blue) colours. VJ notes these might well refer to ribbons rather than flags.

Notable Officers

Sir Robert Arden

Of the ancient Arden family and High sheriff of Warwickshire, he was governor of Tamworth Castle but died of smallpox on 22nd August 1643 at Oxford.

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel Sir Robert Arden
  • Sargeant Maior Barnard (Governor of Tamworth Castle) 1)
  • Captain Washington
  • Captain Mole or Neale
  • Captain Henry Bedsoe

Of Horse

  • Captain Floud
  • Ensign Compton (Earl of Northampton's 3rd son)

Contemporary References

Based on original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642.

Arden's commission

A Commission for Robert Arden Esq, High Sheriffe of the Count of Warwick, to raise and entertayne a Regiment of twelve hundred foote, to be imployed in his Majesties service.

Te Apud Oxon xx die February Anno R Caroli xviii. (Commissioned 20th February 1643 to raise 1200 foot). Blacks Docquets.


Yellow and Blue colours PA270187

Deposition of Thomas Kittermaster Trained by Captain Washington 6160116 Given Yellow and Watchwood Colours by Mr William Kittermaster 6160116 Given Green and Red Colours by Mr Arden 6160116


160120 Captain Mole or Neale and Captain Floud of Horse. Earl of Northampton's third son was Cornet. Henry Bedsoe called Captain.

Lieutenant John Glasbrooke Col. Levesons Regiment of Horse 6160121

John Mather's petition

SP23.203.683 To the honourable the Committee for Compounding with Delinquents The humble petition of John Mather of Mancester in the County of Warwick.

Shewinge that your petitioner in May Anno 1643 unhappily being drawne by persuasion to goe to Tamworth in the County of Warr. being then a Garrison of the Kings and was there in Armes was within a few dayes taken prisoner there by the Parliament forces of Warwickeshire, that shortly after he redeemed himselfe out of prison & hath lived quiertly at home ever since, yet his single estate remaynes sequestred.

SP23.203.687 To the honourable the Committee for Compounding with Delinquents The Certificate of the Committee at Coventry Shewinge,

That John Mather of Manceter in the County of Warr. gent at the beginning of these warrs vizt. in August 1642 was attendant upon General Hastings (being then High Sheriff of the County of Leicester) at such tyme as the Kinge was at Leicester and immediately after Summer Assizes he came home to his house, and remayned at home untill about May 1643. At which tyme he was taken in Tamworth Castle being a Garrison of the Kings fow which cause the Estate of the sayd John Mather within ye County of Warr. is sequestred……. Given at the City of Coventry this xxixth day of June 16 Anno Dom 1646

Willm: Colmore, Ant. Stoughby, Tho: Basnet, Jo: Hales, Tho: Willoughby


  • 1200 foot commissioned

See Also

1) PA270206