Lord Paulet’s Regiment of Foot

Active1643 to 1646
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelLord Paulet
Sir Richard Cholmondly
Thomas Walker
Area RaisedWest Country
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
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Field ArmiesMaurice 1643-4
Goring 1645
Garrison 1645-6

Later Sir Richard Cholmondly’s Regiment of Foot, then Colonel Thomas Walker’s Regiment of Foot

Royalist West Country Regiment of Foot serving with Prince Maurice’s forces

Service History


  • May: Paulet commissioned colonel
  • June to September: Siege of Exeter
  • July: Skirmish at Topsham
  • October: Siege of Dartmouth?


  • January: Taking of Axminster
  • March: Siege of Hemioch Castle
  • April to June: Siege of Lyme Regis
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel


  • April to July: Siege of Taunton
  • July: Battle of Langport
  • October to April 1646: Besieged at Exeter


  • April: Surrender at Exeter


Also served at one of the sieges of Plymouth


Notable Officers

Lord Paulet

John Paulet, 1st Baron Paulet or Poulett, not to be confused with his son Sir John Paulet, who led an Irish regiment in the Oxford army. As he was in his sixties, he soon passed the regiment on to Cholmondly.

Sir Richard Cholmondly

Sir Richard married Paulet's youngest daughter, governed Axminster and was killed in action in 1644.

Colonel Thomas Walker

Commanded after Cholmondly was killed. Colonel Thomas Walker was a Younger brother of Sir Edward Walker and was born in 1616.

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel Thomas Walker
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Sargeant Major William Knolles (1) + (3) + ment .I.O
  • Captain John Drake (1)
  • Captain Thomas King I.O. L + W
  • Captain Arthur Trevilian (2) + ment. I.O.
  • Captain Wakefield Ment. I.O.
  • Lieutenant James Barnes (3) + I.O. Devon to Capt. King
  • Lieutenant William Ballhatchett (3) + I.O. Devon to Capt. Trevillyan
  • Lieutenant John Greenfield (1)
  • Lieutenant James Todd I.O. Surrey to Capt. Wakefield
  • Ensign John Meade I.O. Somerset
  • Ensign Ralph Porter (1) + I.O. Devon to Major Knolles
  • Ensign Bernard Sanders I.O. Devon to Capt. Wakefield

Contemporary References

From original reseacrh by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

Harl. Mss. 6802 f.8

To Sir Edward Walker

Sir about 2 months since I sent my man to you about a Commission for the Regiment which was Sir Richard Chulmlies with the Officers affection and my honoured friends desire hath cast on mee rather than any ambition of mine but since it is soe farr proceeded and Sir John Berkeley hath of his own free will offered mee many large promises both in recruiting and arming the Regiment I desire you will as soone as conveniently you can send my commission as likewise the commission according to this enclosed note. I found my man hath miscarried. Pray be pleased to enquire after him at Gabriel Chads house in Woodstocke. I am now employed against Lyme in Cadhay (UNCLEAR) houses with Sir James Smith about which there is much dispute between him and myselfe which I hope will be decided as soone as I see Sir John Berkeley. The Regiment consists at present of 300 as good souldiers and Officers as are in the West of England. I pray let mee heare from you for which my true ? respects to yourselfe and wife I rest. Your obliged brother

Thomas Walker. Cadhay 24th Jan. 1644. (?date?)

Harl. Mss. 6804 f. 126/208

I desire you will present his Majesties letter to the Lord Poulet and Sir John Berkeley for assistance in recrewting this Regiment which both have already promised.

Tho. Walker n.d or recipients details.

(1) Devon Record Office QS/128/53/2

Petition of Ralph Porter was an Ensign under the command of Major Knolles in the regiment of Colonel Thomas Walker. Received a great wound by a shot in the thigh against Taunton. Petition confirmed by Major Knolles and Captain Drake. Lt Greenfield signs himself as of the same Brigade.


Too his Majesties Justices of ye Peace for ye County of Devon now att ye Castle of Exon att this asesions asembled

The humble petition of Ralph Porter and Thomas Moore In all humility most humbly sheweth unto your Worshipps that your poore peticioners att Midsummer Sessions last past did move ye honorable Court by way of peticion as being maimed souldiers in his Majesties service King Charles ye first of ever blessed memory …

The ofisers that wee served as foll. in the Regiment of Coll. Tho. Walker

  • Maygor Will. Knowles
  • Capt. John Drake
  • Lift. John Greenfield

wherein Lt. Greenfield confirms is of the same Regiment.

(2) SP23.227.297 Extract

The humble petition of Arthur Trevilian of Littleham in the County of Devon gent

Sheweth that the Honourable the Committee for Reliefe upon Articles made in tyme of Warr by their order of judgement of the 27 of Feb: 1654 have (amongst other things) ajudged and declared your petitioner to be comprised in the Articles made uppon the surrender of Exeter unto the Parliament and to compound for his estate accordingly. Arth: Trevilian 6 Mar 1654

(3) Devon Record Office 48/26/7/1

The humble petition of William Venner of Heavitree Husbandman In most humble manner complayning = Sheweth unto your Worshipps

That your poore petitioner in the yeare 1643 was imprest a souldier for his late Majestie Kinge Charles the first (of ever blessed memory) And was a Sargeant of Foote many yeares under Coll: Tho: Walker and alsoe was in the seidges against Lyme Dartmouth Taunton Plymouth Lostitheell and other places in which he received many hurtes, & imprisonment, Especially was shott in the hipp against Lyme, which hath occasioned your poore petitioner to know much sorrow insomuch that he is not able (though willing) to worke for the livelyhood of himselfe his wife & 2 children as formerly he did = And whereas our present Sovraigne Lord Kinge Charles the second hath granted unto your Worships an Act for the reliefe of truely loyall and indigent Officers and souldiers.

In tender consideration hereof your poore petitioner most humbly entreateth of your Worships to looke uppon him as a fitt object of your pity, and to bestow uppon him some annuall pension, or other gratuity as in your grave wisdomes shall see fitt for his more comfortable livelyhood, and your poore petitioner and family for your worships health shalbe bound ever to pray,

  • Wm Knolles Maior }
  • William Balhatchett Leftennant } to Collonell Tho: Walker
  • James Barnes Lieutennant }

E.266.37 Perfect Occurrences of Parliament 2.1.1645/6.

The Officers in and about Exeter give out billets for 2400. They are about 1500, Barkleys Regiment, Walkers Regiment, the Cornish there… Walkers Regiment are much discouraged since the foyle they had at Poudram Church


  • 1644: Walker mentions 300 officers & men at Siege of Lyme Regis

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