Colonel Edward Pitt’s Regiment of Foot

Active1645 to 1646
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelEdward Pitt
Area RaisedWorcester
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Field ArmiesGarrison

Worcestershire regiment of Royalist foot during the First Civil War

Service History

1645

1646

  • May to July: Besieged at Worcester?

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Notable Officers

Colonel Edward Pitt

Officer List

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel Edward Pitt
  • Sargeant Major John Winnington (prev. Capt to Col. Sandys)
  • Captain Thomas Acton
  • Captain John Crowe
  • Captain Pennell
  • Captain Hugh Thomas
  • Sargeant John Lewis
  • Sargeant George Lewis

Contemporary References

Pitt’s Delinquency

The charge of Delinquency against Edward Pitt of Keyre in the County of Worcester Esq.

Dawkes’ Deposition

The deposition of Robert Dawkes of Tenbye in the County of Worcester gent taken the xxith of November 1646 upon oath.

This deponent saith that Edward Pytt of Keyre in the County of Worcester Esq. was a Collonell for the Kinge in these warrs against the Parliament and had five or sixe hundred men listed under him as souldiers and had under him divers Officers, vizt Maior Wynnington of the Citty of Worcester, Thomas Acton of Bockleton, John Crowe of Tenbury and his brother in lawe Pennell and Hugh Thomas, his the said Mr Pitts nowe Curate, and that the said Mr Pitts his Officers and souldiers did meete at severall rendezvouse for the Kinge, vizt twice at Woodbrays hill alsoe at Broadheath and the Rise of Tenbury and severall other places and hee the said Mr Pitt did threaten those that would not goe alonge with him and likewise this deponent was present when the said Mr Pitt did send voluntarye a horse unto the Prince for the Kings service against the Parliament.

Davies’ Deposition

The deposition of George Davies of Tenbury in the County of Worcester taken the xxiith of November 1646 upon oath.

This deponent saith that Edward Pytt of Keyre in the County of Worcester Esq. was a Colonell for the Kinge against the parliament and had many Officers and souldiers under him and that Mr John Wynnington late of Worcester was his Maior, and one John Lewis of Tenbury and his sonne George Lewis were serients under him the said Mr Pytt, and that his the said Mr Pytts Regiment drewe out to a rendevous on his Majesties behalfe at Woodbury hills, hee himselfe being then absent, and afterwards to Sandpitt fields where hee himselfe was with the said Regiment, and that hee this deponent was one of those that was forced to goe alonge with them.

Hopkins’ Deposition

The deposition of John Hopkins of Tenbury in the County of Worcester taken the xxiiith of November 1646 upon oath.

This deponent saith that Edward Pytt of Keyre in the County of Worcester Esq. was a Colonell for the Kinge in these warrs against the parliament and had many Officers under him and lysted souldiers, and that the said Mr Pytt his Regiment drewe out to a place called Sandpitte field a rendevouse for the Kinge where hee himselfe mett them, and that his said Regiment mett alsoe at a rendevouse called Woodbury hills, this deponent beinge then present.

Baskerville’s Deposition

The deposition of Thomas Baskervile of Collington gent taken the third of March 1646(7) upon oath

This deponent saith that Edward Pytt of Keyre in the County of Worcester Worcester Esq. did somewhat before Naseby fight draw upp severall Countrymen in armes unto a place called Broadheath where he was esteemed and called by the name of their Collonell and that Mr Wynnington was reputed to be his Maior, which Mr Wynnington had beene a Captaine under Collonell Sands a Collonell for the Kinge, and that it was then generally reported by the company then and there assembled that their meeting was by commission from the Kinge, and that the said Mr Pytt did thence ride in the head of a party of horse, and this deponent saith that the said Mr Pytt was at the seidge against Gloucester, amongst the Kings souldiers within the leaguer armed with his sword, but without other weapon this deponent doth not nowe remember.

The further examination of Mr Thomas Baskervile of Collington delivered in on pursuance of his oath taken the third of March 1646(7).

Whoe saith that when as Sir William Waller Knight was in this County of Hereford. Mr Edward Pytt of Keyre and this deponent did ride out armed with sword and pistolls as far as Bromeyard with other armed persons to discover the strenfgth of the said Sir William and with an intent to withstand any party of his that they thought fitt they were able to have dealt withall and this deponent alsoe saith that hee havinge received orders and directions from the Commissioners of Array for the Kinge to keepe guards in the Countrey neare unto him to prevent misdemeanours and oppose the approaches of any of the parliament partie, diverse where thereupon lysted under this deponent, and this deponent for the better dischardge of his trust therein, heareinge that the parliament party were cominge that way, went to see howe the parishes were guarded to oppose them, and findinge that few or noe guarde was kept, this deponent enquiring what the reason of that neglect was, was told that the persons were sent for to Mr Pytte, and thereupon this deponent repayringe to the house of the said Mr Pytte, found that manie of those that had beene lysted under him were there for the defence of that house upon the rumour that the parliamente partie were cominge that way as aforesaid.

Sequestration

Extract. I doe not finde in any returne from ye Countie of Worcester that Edward Pitt of Keweyer in ye Countie of Worcester aforesaid is or hath ever been under Sequestration; But I doe finde in ye duplicate from ye late Committee for Westminster that Edward Pitt Esq. was sequestred about Michas 1643: for that he had ayded & assisted ye King & his forces against ye Parliament by making bridges over places not otherwise passable & conducting ye Kings forces over them.

Whether ye said Edward Pitt late before mentioned be ye same Edward Pitt of Keweyer in ye County of Worcester I know not

May 6. 1652 Ri: Sherwyn Aud.

Strength

  • Said to be 500 to 600 foot

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