Lord Hopton’s Regiment of Foot

Flag Illustration 1)
Active1643 to 1646
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
Colonel Lord Hopton
Area RaisedSomerset
Coat ColourBlue
Flag ColourRed
Flag DesignWhite Mullets
Field ArmiesHopton 1643-4
Oxford 1644

Royalist Regiment of Foot raised around Bristol and serving on Lord Hopton’s campaigns from late 1643

Service History

1643

  • July: Storm of Bristol?
  • August to September: Siege of Gloucester (det)
  • September: Skirmish at Stow on the Wold (det)
  • September: First Battle of Newbury (det)
  • November: Standoff at Farnham

1644

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

1645

  • April to May: Siege of Taunton?
  • July: Battle of Langport?
  • August to September: Besieged at Bristol
  • September: Besieged at Lacock House (det)?

1646

  • February: Battle of Torrington?
  • March to August: Besieged at Pendennis Castle

Notes

Coats, Flags and Equipment

In April 1644 Symonds noted that Lord Hopton's blue-coats carried red flags with white five-pointed stars (mullets) 2).

Hopton had been issued 2000 muskets from Weymouth by February 1644.3) These he likely used to equip his foot regiments at Bristol.

Notable Officers

Lord Hopton

Strength

  • At least 6 companies at Cheriton

See Also

Lord Hopton's foot are re-enacted by Lord Hopton's Regiment of Foote of the English Civil War Society.

1) Flag image by kind permission of Wargames Designs
2) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846
3) Bodleian Library Rawlinson Ms D395