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Colonel Conyers Griffin’s Regiment of Foot

Active1643 to 1644
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelConyers Griffin
Area RaisedWiltshire?
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesHopton 1644

Royalist regiment of musketeers serving in the South

Service History

1643

  • January 1642/3 In Garrison in Brill,Buckinghamshire. Gilbert Gerard was Governor
  • September: Repulsed from Poole

1644

  • March: Battle of Cheriton
  • October: In Garrison at Langford House,Wiltshire with 100 men
  • December: Loss of Salisbury?
  • December: Skirmish at Salisbury?

May 1645 Colonel Griffin and his Captain Lieutenant and Cornet were captured near Langford Garrison by Colonel Norton when they sallied out of the House and were ambushed. 74 other soldiers were captured.

Lieutenant Colonel Bartholomew Pell then took charge of the Garrison.

Notes

Speech to inhabitants of Alderbury Hundred of Bartholomew Pell Governor of Langford House August 1645

Gentlemen, I am now come to know,whether you will pay us contribution,for if that you have affection to the King,you should not deny contribution at such a time,when he hath had some losse.Never looke to have peace by a victory.All grant that God gives victory to whom he pleaseth,sometimes one side prevailes,and sometimes another.And therefore I tell you,your way to have peace,is to Petition,both the King and Parliament,for if the Parliament prevailes,the King hath so many friends,and allies abroad,that a Forreigne Armie will be brought in,and then the King cannot do you the good he would,though he have as honest* an heart as any one in England:And if the King prevailes,the Parliament have so many strong holds,that the warr will last a long time.And (besides) Gentlemen, Consider (for I suppose you be all Protestants) If the Parliament prevaile,your Religion is lost,your Marriages,your Christenings,your Burials be all lost,as appeares by the directory which they have set forth.And for your contribution,never deny it mee for Master Hollis,when he was with me,spoke to me to send out my warrants.

*smiting his breast at that expression.

7th October 1645

Articles of Agreement made between Sir Bartholomew Pell Knight,and Major Edmund Uvedale,Commanders in chief of Langford Garrison,and Lieu. Col. Hewson and Major Tho. Kelsey on the bahalf of Oliver Cromwell,Lie. Generall to Sir Thomas Fairfax Army.

First that the said Commander in chiefe of the said Garrison shall surrender the said House and Garrison to the said Lieutenant General Cromwell tomorrow by twelve of the clock,being the eighteenth of October instant.

2. That all Armes and Ammunition in the said Garrison be then delivered to the use of the Parliament without any imbesiling of it.

3. That the said Commanders in chief with 15 Gent. of the said Garrison shall march away with Horse and Armes,and the private souldiers,without Armes to Oxford within ten daies,and to have a Troop of Horse for their Guard the first day,and a Trumpet,with a passe the rest of the way.

4. That the rest of the Gentlemen,not exceeding fifteene more,shall march with their Swords and Pistols,and Horses,if they can lawfully procure them.

5. That the said Commanders in chief shall have a cart or wagon allowed them to carry their goods to Oxford.

6. That if any Gentleman of the said Garrison have a desire to goe to any other Garrison,or any of the Kings,they shall have passes to that purpose.

7. That the goods remaining in the said Garrison shall be delivered to the severall Owners thereof upon demand,within two daies next following the date hereof.

8. That Lieutenant Col. Bowles and Major Fry be left Hostage untill these Articles be performed.

John Hewson Bartho. Pell Thomas Kelsey Edm. Uvedale

Wiltshire Quarter sessions 1647

Richard Ricketts, who says that he was impressed and by force carried into Langford garrison under the command of Sir* Bartholomew Pell, for the King, and therein dangerously wounded and crippled,has the consideration of his petition postponed, although he presents a very largely signed memorial on his behalf from the inhabitants of East Knoyle, headed by Chr. Wrey, rector.

He petitions again in .Jan. with a large number of signatm'es, but the paper is marked ” Xoe order.” A third appeal, dated 3 Jan., 164|, is again marked ” Null, fact.” But at length at the last sessions he obtained an order for IS*^- weekly, which he complains in July, 1649, had not been paid him for 14 weeks. In 1650 he is complained of as profane, a drunkard, and of very ill behaviour.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

The regiment was equipped solely with muskets. They were issued 200 muskets from Weymouth by February 1644.1)

Notable Officers

Colonel Conyers Griffin

Colonel Conyers Griffin

Lieutenant Colonel Bartholomew Pell

Sargeant Major Edmund Uvedale .

Captain Edward Filks

Ensign Abraham Wilson to Maj Uvedale

Horse

Captain Gardiner Cornet Benjamin Cutler to Capt. Gardiner

Strength

Likely a small unit.

See Also

1) Bodleian Library Rawlinson Ms D395