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 |**Area Raised**|Warwickshire| |**Area Raised**|Warwickshire|
 | |Oxfordshire| | |Oxfordshire|
-|**Coat Colour**|unknown| +|**Coat Colour**|Green??|
 |**Flag Colour**|unknown|  |**Flag Colour**|unknown|
 |**Flag Design**|unknown|  |**Flag Design**|unknown|
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   *August: Siege of Warwick Castle   *August: Siege of Warwick Castle
   *August: Battle of Southam   *August: Battle of Southam
 +  *October: Quartered at Bramley
   *October: Siege of Banbury   *October: Siege of Banbury
   *November: Storm of Brentford   *November: Storm of Brentford
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   *Garrison of Banbury   *Garrison of Banbury
   *May: Skirmish at Middleton Cheney   *May: Skirmish at Middleton Cheney
 +  *May: Quartered at Culham Camp
   *September: Attempt on Leicester   *September: Attempt on Leicester
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   *January to May: Besieged at Banbury Castle   *January to May: Besieged at Banbury Castle
   *May: Surrender at Banbury Castle   *May: Surrender at Banbury Castle
 +=====Coats, Flags and Equipment=====
 +Northampton'​s regiment are often said to have worn green coats as early as 1642. A Royalist William Legge was captured at the battle of Southam on August 23rd because he mistook John Hampden'​s men for the Earl of Northampton'​s,​ supposedly because of similar uniforms ((//​Men-at-Arms 014 - The English Civil War Armies//, Peter Young & Michael Roffe 1994, Osprey Publishing ISBN:​0850451191)). However Hampden'​s men had not received their uniforms at this date, see [[parliamentarian:​foot-regiments:​john-hampden|Colonel John Hampden’s Regiment of Foot]].
 =====Notable Officers===== =====Notable Officers=====
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 ====Sir William Compton==== ====Sir William Compton====
 [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​William_Compton_(army_officer)|Sir William Compton]] third son of the second Earl of Northampton and governor of Banbury during the First Civil War, despite being only eighteen years old at the start of the war.  [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​William_Compton_(army_officer)|Sir William Compton]] third son of the second Earl of Northampton and governor of Banbury during the First Civil War, despite being only eighteen years old at the start of the war. 
 +Earl of Northamptons Regiment of Foot
 +Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Greene ​      (9)
 +Lieutenant Colonel Henry Hunkes ​          ​(7) ​
 +Sargeant Major       Sir Charles Walrond (6)
 +Captain Lieutenant Michael Pultney ​       (6)
 +Captain ​                     William Betts             I.O. Bucks. Spencer Lord Compton  ​
 +Captain ​                     Robert Blencoe ​       (6) 
 +Captain ​                     William James           I.O. Northamptons.
 +Captain ​                     William Tirwhit ​         (3)  + (5) 
 +Captain ​                              ​Vaughan ​          ​(4) ​    
 +Captain ​                     Charles Waldron ​     (1)
 +Lieutenant ​               John Paris                  I.O. L + W 
 +Lieutenant ​               George Waldron ​       I.O. L + W to Sir Will. Compton
 +Lieutenant ​               Robert Wright ​           (2)
 +Ensign ​                      John Underhill ​          I.O. L + W to Capt. Tirwhit
 +Ensign ​                      John Walters ​            (10)
 +Quartermaster ​       William Collitt ​            ​(9) ​
 +Quartermaster ​       William Silman ​          (8)
 +Thomas Valentine ​                                      (7)
 +(1) Sir William Dugdales Diary
 +10.1.1642/3 100 foot under Captain Waldron of Earl of Northamptons Regiment sent into Hilsden House,​Co.Bucks
 +13.1.1642/3 Captain Waldron came out of Hilsden House.
 +(2) Public Record Office
 +Middlesex Sessions Books.
 +Westminster October 1676
 +Petition of Katherine,​widow of Robert Wright who was a Lieutenant of Foot to Earl of Northampton.
 +N.b He died after the war.
 +(3) SP29.61.141
 +Extract. October ? 1662
 +To the Kings most excellent Majestie
 +The humble Petition of William Tirwhit Gent.
 +Most humbly sheweth
 +that your petitioner did attend on and engage with Spencer lare Earle of Northampton ye petitioners Lord in ye verie beginning of the late unhappie Warres both before and att Edgehill afterwards att Brainford where your petitioners right arm was shott off by a Greate shott and from that tyme untill ye end of ye Warre served as a Captaine under ye Earle of Northampton att Banbury and hath ever since firmly adhered to your Majesties Royall interest,​but by such the losse of his arm and his being thereby served with ye Palsy in his limbes he doth dayly soe much decline as that hee is rendred wholly uncapable of doeing any thing for necessary subsistance and by his many yeares burthening of his friends hath even worne out their patience.
 +Captain William Tirwhit was dismissed from the Regiment by Sargeant Major Walrond in September 1645 as he was marching to his post at Banbury.(5)
 +A Council of War was held 4.10.1645 and the decision was ratified by the following Officers:- (6)
 +James,Earl of Northampton Governor
 +Sir William Compton Lieutenant Governor
 +Sir Charles Walrond Sargeant Major
 +Captains of Horse
 +Captain Philip Willoughby
 +Captain George Rawleigh
 +Captain George Ward
 +Captains of Foot
 +Captain Lieutenant Michael Pultney
 +Captain ​      ​Gannock
 +Captain Robert Blencoe
 +(4) Add. Mss 29570 f.100
 +Mention of Captain Vaughans Company put by 18th July 1645.
 +This may well be due to his alleged weak performance at Culham Bridge mentioned in a letter by the Earl of Northampton to Lord Hatton 22.7.1645 (f.20) ​ in which he states Sir Henry Gage died at the head of his Company but Vaughan did not bring on his own.
 +(5) Add.Mss 29570 f.62
 +(6) f.57
 +The state of Captain Tirwhitt case as it was stated 20.October 1645
 +Upon Tuesday the last of September 1645 as Captaine Tirwhitt was marching to ye guard the Major of the Regiment came to him and in the Earl of Northamptons name discharged him of his duty and desired him to quit the garrison the next day by twelve of the clock at his peril,​whereupon ye Captaine came ye next day to Oxford and addressed himself to the Lords by way of appeal expressed in his humble petition to his Lordships. ​
 +f.32 ? Captain Tirwhitt was to be dismissed his command by Lord Compton as he had been a factious and mutinous officer.
 +Harl. Mss. 6833 f.96
 +To the Right Honourable Lord Ashley (Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper)
 +Having receaved ​ ye enclosed letter from Mr Bushell obliges mee to certifie that he did not only cloathe my Regiment and diverse more....
 +(7) SP19.139.156
 +Information given in to the Committee for the Advance &e. by Henry Stephens Merchant against Tobell Aylmore of the Parish of Martins Ludgate.
 +That the siad Tobell Aylmore did hold correspondence and intelligence with the late Kings party in the yeares 1642 and 1643,and did send privately a messenger to severall Garrisons of the late Kings,and to Banbury,​being then a Garrison also for the King,to one Thomas Valentine being then an Officer or souldier under the command of Sir Henry Hunkes then Governor and did invite the said Valentine to come upp to London secretly which the said Valentine did and the said Tobell Aylmore did lodge and entertaine the said Thomas Valentine.
 +(8) WO55.423.191
 +December 24th 1642
 +(Rec)d by me William Silman Quarter Master to the Earle of Northampton of John Harrisson conducter of his Majesties Amunission 14 Barrells Powder 23 bundles of Match 4 Barrells of Match & 13 Barrells bullett,​(torn) the third part of Barrell powder & third part of Barrell (torn) of bulletts,I say rec'd by me
 +Will: Silman
 +His Highness order
 +David Scrymgoure
 +(9) WO55.423.145
 +I desire you would be pleased to give order For Ammunition to be delivered for the Regiment of the Earle of Northampton unto this bearer our Quarter Master (TORN) for 180 Musqueteeres ery man his bandilier full the proportion these
 +Powder ​           90lb
 +Match               90lb
 +Bulletts ​         180lb
 +Yr servant.
 +A. Greene
 +1. November 1642
 +Received out of his Majesties magazine for the use of the Earle of Northamptons Regiment
 +Powder ​                   1cwt
 +Match                    1/​2cwt ​
 +Muskett Shott        1cwt
 +p me William Collitt Quar(TORN)
 +(10) SP19.158.108
 +John Walters of More Hall in ye County of Warr. was actually in Armes for the late Kinges party in the latter end of 1642 and in 1643 and carryed the Colours for the late Kinges party.
 +Jos: Collett
 +Nicholas Tysoe of Tysoe in Cum. War. was actually in Armes under the Earle of Northampton and did assist the Kinges party in the Commission of Array and endeavoured to raise forces in Stratford upon Haven in 1642 and 1643 to oppose Colonell Needham then a Capt. for the Parliament and assisted the Lord of Northampton when he beseidged Warr.
 +Jos: Collett
 +Memorials of the great civil war in England from 1646 to 1652 : Edited from original letters in the Bodleian Library of Charles the First and of numerous other eminent persons (1842) ​
 +SIR, I can now tell you, blessed be God, we are possessed of Banbury Castle ; we exceedingly rejoice at it, for I dare confidently affirm there are not many stronger holds in England. Sir Wm. Compton yesterday marched out with about four hundred and sixty officers and soldiers, disbanded his regiment some two miles from Banbury ; they had passes to their several homes. We had in the castle, with musquet barrels, six hundred arms, eleven pieces of ordnance, ten barrels of powder, eight foot and one horse colours : there is great store of all manner of provision ; we only fell short in our expectation for money, we had but 49, besides 40 worth of plate. Sir, I am your most humble and faithful servant, ​
 +Banbury, May 9, 1646. 
 +Sir William Compton
 +Sir William Compton
 +Captain Lieutenant ​      Henry Leighton ​       I.O. Oxfordsh.
 +Captain ​                                             Birsing ​   Ment. I.O. 
 +Captain ​                          ​Endymion Canning I.O. Rutlandsh.
 +Captain ​                          John Dussing ​          I.O. L + W
 +Captain ​                          ​Snellgrove ​                Ment. I.O. 
 +Captain ​                          John Wright ​             I.O. L + W
 +Lieutenant ​                    John Andrewes ​       I.O. Suffolk to Capt. Birssing
 +Ensign ​                           William Adams          I.O. Northants.
 +Ensign ​                           Thomas Griffin ​        I.O. L + W to Capt. Dussing
 +Ensign ​                           William Neale            I.O. Suffolk to Capt. Snellgrove  ​
 +Ensign ​                           George Pike              I.O. Kent
 +Quartermaster ​             Humphrey Bayliffe ​  *
 +* Dudley Parish Register
 +Burial 18th March 1645 Humphrey Bayliffe Quartermaster to Sir William Compton.
 +E.330.21 ​
 +April 1646
 +wee had intelligence that six hundred Horse marched out of Oxon TYPE ALL(THIS IS HIS HORSE REGT)...the Major and most of the Officers of Sir William Comptons Regiment belonging to Banburie are prisoners,​it was esteemed the best Regiment the King ever had,and the newes of their engagement being reported at Oxon. this day,that they would come off with honour or be lost,they sadly replyd,if that Regiment were lost,they were all undone.
 +Virtually the entire garrison of Banbury attempted a night assault in an attempt to regain Compton House.
 +This document printed in its entirety tells of the fierce fighting that raged
 +E.268.12 A Letter from Sergeant Maior Purefoy Governour of Compton House in Warwickshire to his Colonell ​ Colonell Purefoy... Printed for A.R. Feb.7 1644(5)
 +I shall here relate in part (for all passages would be too tedious for me to trouble you with all.First,​with all my soule I desire God may have his praise and glory which is due to a God that hath now and ever shewed himself to me almost by miracles,in delivering me and all under my command.This night about two of the clock about 1000 or 1200 Horse and Foot fell upon me at Compton,​storm'​d my out-works,​gain'​d the stables
 +and cut down my great Draw-bridge,​ and possest themselves of all mt Troop horses,and took about 30 of my foot Souldiers in their beds,who lay over the stables,​almost before a man could think what to do;we received that alarm as we had good cause,and presently made good the new Sconce before the stone Bridge,&​ beat them out of the great Court,there being about 200 entred,and ready to storme the Sconce;but we gave them so hot a sallie,that we forced them to retreat backe to the stables,​barnes and Brew-house,​where from the windowes they played very hot upon us:I then commanded Lieutenant Purefoy and my Quarter Master (having no other Officers of quality at home,the rest being abroad with about 30 of my best Troopers) to sally out upon the enemy with a partie of 40 and to attempt the regaining of the Brew-house and the roomes above,which they did with gallant resolution and courage;​Sergeant Bird was one who came not short in bravery of any.This party fought with the enemy and came to push of Pike,nay to swords point,and did lay about so bravely,​that they forced the enemy to retreat from chamber to chamber; I then sent out my youngest brother the Ensign with three Corporalls of horse,and about 40 more men,to relieve the first partie,and I will assure you the young boy will fight,he led on his men bravely and relieved his brother;by which meanes all the upper roomes were gained,and the enemy kept onely the stables and the barnes stoutly;my souldiers did then so thunder their horse,and reserves of foot that stood within pistoll shot,that Sir William and Sir Charles Compton began to give ground,​which my souldiers perceiving,​some leapt out at the windowes,​and so into the out-works,​by which meanes I recovered my out-works againe,and made good a sally port,by which the enemy endeavoured to retreat at,but finding they were frustrated of their hopes,and that my Musketeers did play so hot upon the great Draw-bridge,​that they could not be relieved;​and withall having beaten the enemy out of that worke which we storm'​d when you took the house,I had time to recover the great Draw-bridge,​and presently got new ropes and new lockes,and drew it up agian in spight of them all.Now these (whose names you have here inclosed were all in Cobbs pound,​having no meanes in the world to retreat,​whereupon they fought desperately for the space
 +of three houres,and the valiant Comptons perceiving their extreame loss,​attempted three severall times to storme and regain my out-workes,​but all three times were beaten off with as much resolution and gallantry as could be.The enemie within set fire on the hay,​straw,​and all combustible stuffe,to smother my men out of the upper roomes,​which did indeed much anoy them: And the enemy without threw at least 100 hand-Granadoes upon the houses,that they set them on fire in divers places;Sir Charles and Sir William Compton then thinking all was their own,sent a Trumpeter to parlie,but I commanded that none should parlie,nor would I permit the Trumpeter to speak at all,though faine he would have said something to the souldiers,​but commanded him upon his life to be gone and returne no more at his perill.Wee continued in
 +fight still,and the fire did so encrease,​that I thought it fit to offer quarter to all those in the stable,for their lives onely,but they would not heare me: Upon which I drew all my men together and fell violently in upon them,​wherein was slaine and taken prisoners all whose names are in the insuing list.This did so dishearten the Comptons and all their forces,that they did presently draw off all their foot,and onely faced me with their horse,and sent another Trumpeter to parley,but I commanded to give fire upon him,so that he returned with no other answer but what a Musket could speake.
 +Sir, I am (as we all are)
 +Your obliged servants and kinsmen,
 +George Purefoy
 +William Purefoy
 +Compton Jan. 30. at 9.a clock at night.
 +We recovered all our own men againe that the enemy had taken.
 +A List of the Officers slain,and taken prisoners.
 +Capt. Chamberlaine
 +Capt. Colburne
 +Capt. Gannock
 +Ensign Layton
 +Quartermaster Blackford
 +The names of the Officers we have prisoners.
 +Lieutenant Harvey
 +Lieutenant Clarke
 +Cornet Bishop
 +Corp. Heyworth,​Corp. of Horse
 +Corp.Lambert,​Corp of Horse
 +Serg. Francis
 +Serg. Linsey
 +Serg. Farbush
 +Corp. Morgan
 +Corp. Scargill
 +William Atkins
 +Troopers of Captain Coleburne
 +John Webb
 +Thomas Tusker
 +William Mason
 +Simon Berry
 +Thomas Foster
 +William Chamberlain
 +William Adams,Earl of Northamptons man
 +Thomas Dorrington
 +Robert Moore
 +Richard Collins
 +Richard Willer
 +Foot Souldiers of the Earl of Northamptons own Company
 +George Grumbell
 +John Childe
 +Anthony Smith
 +William Eason
 +Henry Taylor
 +Roger Smith
 +Sir William Comptons men
 +Richard Abram
 +John Atkins
 +Joseph Walkes
 +John Moore
 +Thomas Smith
 +William Warde
 +William Robinson
 +Thomas Norman
 +Major Waldrums men
 +William Ansill
 +William Freeman
 +Robert Hurlestone
 +Thomas Aires
 +Edward Gibbs
 +Thomas Cotforth ​
 +Captain Willoughbies men
 +Richard Colins
 +William Walker
 +Captain Territs
 +Thomas Tradde
 +Thomas Roberts
 +Captain Rawleys men
 +John Beeson
 +William Worsley
 +Captain Wardes men
 +Richard Conerley
 +William Milburne
 +Henry Fenne
 +John Clarke
 +Thomas Lisseman
 +Henry Musgrave
 +Captain Gannocks men
 +William Smith
 +George Prince
 +William Wilkins
 +Besides sixe Cart-load of wounded men carried off.And neer upon forty Common souldiers left dead behind them
 +Of mine own men,both Horse and Footonly one desperately wounded,and another slightly hurt.
 +Horse and Foot armes taken from the enemy.Musketts 100.Pistolls.and 20 hand Granadoes.
 +The fight began about two of the clock in the morning,and continued till about nine,in which they stormed us foure severall times,and were beaten off.
 +The number of the enemie,​horse and foot,were between 1000 and 1200 as the prisoners confessed.
 +With their hand Granadoes they fired the stables,​barnes,​and Brew House,in three several places.
 +We lost about 20 horse and some muskets.
 =====Strength===== =====Strength=====