Colonel Francis Cooke’s Regiment of Foot

Flag Illustration 11)
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelFrancis Cooke
Area Raised
Coat ColourWhite?
Flag ColourBlue
Flag DesignWhite plates
Field ArmiesHopton 1643-4
Oxford 1644

Royalist regiment of foot serving with Hopton, then the Oxford Army

Service History


  • December: Skirmish at Romsey


  • March: Battle of Cheriton
  • June: Battle of Cropredy Bridge
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury
  • December: Loss of Salisbury


Coats, Flags and Equipment

Possibly white-coated in April 1644; Cooke's carried blue flags differenced by white plates at Aldbourne Chase as noted by Symonds 2) 3).

Notable Officers

Colonel Francis Cooke

Cooke's father, Thomas Cooke of Essex, raised a regiment for Parliament and the two were never reconciled, Francis being killed at the Siege of Colchester in 1648.

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel Francis Cooke 4)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Thomas D’Abridgecourt 5)
  • Sargeant Major Finch 6)
  • Captain Burgesse 7)
  • Captain Edward Penruddock I.O. Wiltshire
  • Captain Marmion Walker 8) I.O. L + W

Contemporary References

Marchant's Pension

A pension of 40/- was granted to John Marchant, imprest for a soldier in the King's service under Capt. Penruddock and Col. Cooke, who was maimed in the last fight near Winchester by the treading of horses upon him.

Wiltshire records

Victor writes: I managed to visit the Record Office but my notes are brief as it was a short visit, see below.

Wiltshire Record Office Trinity 1661

Gyles Smallon of North Bradley pressed by Henry Kippinge tythingman and served under Captain Edward Penruddock as a foot soldier, served from beginning Alford fight, into Bristol and listed under Captain Painter in his Majesties Garrison at Berkeley Castle.


See Also

1) Flag images by kind permission of Wargames Designs
2) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846
3) Harley Mss. 986.f.80
4) , 5) , 6) E.94.12 also see Thomas Howard's Dragoons
7) Merc. Aul. 23.2.1643
8) Merc. Aul. 2.4.1643