Colonel John Talbot’s (Irish) Regiment of Foot

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Active1643 to 1645
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelJohn Talbot
Sir Gilbert Talbot
Area RaisedIreland
Coat ColourYellow
Flag ColourWhite
Flag DesignBlack Talbot Hound
Field ArmiesHopton 1644
Oxford 1644
Garrison 1645

Later Sir Gilbert Talbot’s Regiment of Foot

Royalist regiment of foot recruited in Ireland and serving with Hopton and the Oxford Army

Service History

1643

  • Colonel John Talbot commissioned

1644

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

1645

  • Garrison of Tiverton Castle
  • October: Besieged at Tiverton Castle

Notes

The regiment was probably formed from troops released by the Cessation in Ireland, and probably commanded by Colonel John, then Sir Gilbert. Alternatively the brothers may have commanded separate regiments. There is a rather mysterious Sharrington Talbot who might also have been Colonel. Not to be confused with the regiment of a different Colonel John Talbot, that was raised in Yorkshire and served at Helmsley Castle.

Coats and Flags

Yellow coats and six white flags with ‘Talbot Hound’ devices (Illustration 1), according to Symonds. The devices are not clearly drawn so could indicate another heraldic animal, but a Talbot hound is the obvious candidate. Symonds also shows three yellow flags for Talbot's regiment with no devices noted (Illustration 2). They might be from another small regiment brigaded with Talbot's 3).

Notable Officers

Col John Talbot

Sir Gilbert Talbot

Brother of John, hitherto Royalist ambassador to Venice.

Strength

  • March 1644: 9 companies at Cheriton
  • October 1645: 200 surrender at Tiverton Castle

See Also

1) Flag image by kind permission of Wargames Designs
2) Flag images by kind permission of Wargames Designs
3) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846