Colonel John Morris’ Regiment of Foot

Active1648 to 1649
ConflictsSecond Civil War
ColonelJohn Morris
Area RaisedYorkshire
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Northern Royalist regiment of foot besieged at Pontefract in the Second Civil War

Service History


  • May: Morris' attempt on Pontefract Castle foiled due to his corporal, Floyd, being too drunk
  • June: Morris with 15 men take Pontefract Castle by a ruse
  • June: Regiment recruited
  • October to March 1649: Besieged at Pontefract Castle


  • March: Fall of Pontefract Castle


Included both foot and horse

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

A list of the regiment's officers is shown in Officers and Regiments of the Royalist Army by Stuart Reid (Partizan Press).

John Morris

John Morris served at first in the English army in Ireland, in the Earl of Strafford's Regiment of Foot, then in Sir Francis Willoughby’s Regiment of Foot, coming to England with Lord Byron’s Regiment of Foot. He joined the Parliamentarians after the surrender of Liverpool and was made a Colonel in the Northern Association but soon fell out with the Independents. In March 1648 he took Pontefract Castle by a ruse, served as governor of Pontefract during the siege, then was executed as turncoat in August 1649.


  • 1648: 300 men recruited for the Pontefract garrison

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