Colonel James Progers' Regiment of Foot

Active1644 to 1646
CountryWales
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelJames Progers
Area RaisedWales
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesByron 1644
Garrison

Welsh Royalist regiment of foot equipped with firelocks

Service History

1644

  • September: Siege of Montgomery Castle
  • September: Battle of Montgomery
  • September: Stormed at Monmouth?
  • November: Storm of Monmouth

1645

  • January: Progers at Llantilio Crosenny in Monmouthshire
  • May: Charles Progers at Lanvapley burning hay

1646

  • July: Besieged at Abergavenny

Notes

Lt Col. Butts also led a company of foot besieged at Bristol in 1645 and was later besieged at Worcester. It's unclear whether he was still with Progers' regiment at these times.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Equipped with firelock muskets. Interestingly they had an Ensign, so presumably carried colours.

Notable Officers

Colonel James Progers

Colonel Progers took part in the capture of Monmouth in 1644 and became governor of Abergavenny.

Officer List

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel James Progers
  • Lieutenant Colonel John Butts (1)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Progers Ment. I.O.
  • Sargeant Major John Butts (1)
  • Captain Poyntz Ment. I.O.
  • Lieutenant William Jones (2) + I.O. Monm. to Capt. Poyntz
  • Ensign Henry Jones I.O. Monm. to Lt. Col. Progers
  • Quartermaster John James I.O. Monm.

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

Powell's Diary

Diary of Walter Powell of Llantilio Crosenny in the County of Monmouth

1645

  • 11 January 1644/5 Sr Wm Blackston & Proger at my house
  • 14 m'cij, (May) Collonell Charles P'ger at lanvapley to burne my hay.

Charles Proger of Wearndee Co. Monmouth Componded in November 1646. He had been Lieutenant Governor of Abergavenny

Lt Col Butts

(1) SP.29.29.89ii The service of John Butts

1642 Had one of the first Commissions for a Company of Foot in the late Lord of Chirburys Regiment, then commanded a Troop of Horse in the Earl of Bristols Regiment (George Digby), then another Troop in Lord Chandos Regiment.

Was then a Major of Foot, afterwards Lieutenant Colonel in the same Regiment. He then raised a Company of Foot to man the Fort at Bristol and commanded St. Martins in the siege of Worcester.

Next to these events are written Colonel Price, Mr Marsham, Mr Ball, Colonel Burges, Earl of Bristol, Colonel Progers, Lord Gerard and Colonel Washington.

Abergavenny

(2) SP.23.95.287

Charges against William Jones of Hardwick that he was in Abergavenny Castle in arms.

In his defence he states that he was visiting his cousin, Governor James Progers and never wore a sword. This may be the same individual.

There is now a Hardwick farmhouse 1 mile from Abergavenny which was built approximately 100 years ago, using the materials from an older farmhouse. Incidentally,the current occupants are Jones although they moved in in the 1940's !!

Progers Family

From original research by BCW user KYPD

There is some confusion as to which of the Progers was 'Colonel Progers'. There is an article on the Dictionary of Welsh Biography Progers Biography which describes the two branches of the Progers/Proger/Prodger family. It mentions Colonel Charles Proger ‘of the Guards,’ who had to redeem his estate at £330 for siding with the king in the Civil Wars, and was probably the ‘Col. Progers’ who took part in recapturing Monmouth for the king in 1644 1). Sir Henry Proger appears to have been the ‘Lieut. Progers’ who was in Raglan Castle when Fairfax took it in 1646 2). The article mentions a James Proger who spent time in Spain and was last heard of as constable of Abergavenny Castle in 1665. They also had a relative called Edward Proger who was page to Charles I, and groom of the chamber to the young prince Charles, afterwards Charles II. It is possible that the Regiment should actually be named Colonel Charles Proger's regiment of Foot.

Strength

See Also

1) J. R. Phillips, Civil War in Wales, ii, 217
2) Phillips, op. cit., ii, 323