Sergeant-Major-General Henry Tillier’s Regiment of Foot

Flag Illustration 1)
Active1644 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelHenry Tillier
Area RaisedIreland
Coat ColourGreen
Flag ColourGreen
Flag DesignPlain
Field ArmiesRupert 1644
Byron 1644
Oxford 1645

Royalist regiment of foot formed from detachments of Ormond’s forces in Ireland and serving under Prince Rupert

Service History


  • Raised in Ireland from detachments of Ormond’s army


  • February: Shipped from Leinster to Beaumaris and Neston, Cheshire
  • March: Skirmish at Market Drayton (det)
  • 21st March: Battle of Newark
  • April: Taking of Longford House?
  • April: Taking of Tong Castle?
  • May: Storm of Stockport
  • May: Storm of Bolton
  • June: Siege of Liverpool
  • 2nd July: Battle of Marston Moor
  • September: Siege of Montgomery Castle
  • September: Battle of Montgomery


  • February: Loss of Shrewsbury (1 coy)?
  • 31st May: Storm of Leicester
  • June: Battle of Naseby
  • July: Recruiting in Wales, at Brecon and to be sent to Newport
  • July: At Hereford
  • July: Sent to Bristol
  • August to September: Besieged at Bristol
  • Garrison of Oxford


Recruited in Wales and based 400 strong based at Brecon in July 16452).

Coats and Flags

Green colours (see below). Tillier's were noted as wearing green coats in 1644 3).

Notable Officers

Col Henry Tillier

Contemporary References

From original research by '1642' aka. Victor Judge

Charles I to Prince Rupert

26th July 1645 from Sir Phillip Morgans house at Ruperra: Nephueu, this messenger coming out of France is in such haste to goe to you that I shall only tell you,that you will fynde I have been better than my word in my last letter,for yesterday I gave order for Tilliers and Pretties Regiments to march to you with all possible speede, not doubting but you will remember your promis concerning Pryces Regiment. I am sending a new dispache into Irland, wherein I not only seeke to hasten the supplyes in generale, but lykewais in particular to incourage the Marquis of Ormond himself to come over, because I believe,without him, our assistance from those parts will be very smale, yet I assure you he shall be subordinate to you: this is shortly to show you that on no occasion you are forgotten by Your loving Oncle & most faithfull frend, Charles R

After Naseby

Oxford is strong with souldiers, there being more now in that Garison then hath been all this summer, occasioned by divers Garrisons surrendred to us, the souldiers whereof went thither. And besides there is come in of late a company of Major-Generall Tylliars, they have no Ensigne flags, instead whereof every Company carrieth (upon the head of a pike) about a yard of Green Taffata.


See Also

Tillier's regiment are re-enacted by Henry Tillier's Regiment of the Sealed Knot.

1) Flag image by kind permission of Wargames Designs
2) from original research by Victor Judge, BCW user 1642
3) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846