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).

However, Victor Judge has found an interesting reference to Hopton's own Yellow Regiment.

E.43.15 April 1644

Some of the Cavaliers in the West were some days since plundering of Sheep near Sir Wil. Wallers quarters, and one of them with a sheep on his back, it seems mistook his way, and chanced to fall into Sir Williams quarters, and there asked which was the Yellow Regiment: and they demanded what Yellow Regiment he meant, and he answered that he was of the Colonels own Regiment, which made it appear to them that the fellow was mistaken. So they led him to Sir Will. Waller, who asked him if he were of his Regiment, no said he, I am of Sir Ralph's own Regiment…

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