Lord Percy’s Regiment of Foot

Flag Illustration 1)
Active1643 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelLord Percy
William Murray
Area RaisedNorth
Coat ColourWhite
Flag ColourWhite
Flag DesignCrescent
Field ArmiesOxford 1643-4

Later Colonel William Murray's Regiment of Foot

Royalist regiment of foot from the North serving with the Oxford Army

Service History


  • August to September: Siege of Gloucester
  • September: First Battle of Newbury
  • October: Occupation of Newport Pagnell


  • March: Battle of Cheriton?
  • June: Battle of Cropredy Bridge
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel, Percy dismissed
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury


  • May: Storm of Leicester
  • June: Battle of Naseby


Coats, Flags and Equipment

Percy's were noted as dressed in white coats in February 1644 and carried white flags differenced by crescents in April 1644. The colour of the crescents is unclear, but likely blue 2).

Notable Officers

Lord Percy

Henry Percy was brother of Algernon Percy, 10th Earl of Northumberland and was ennobled in 1643. He was dismissed during the Lostwithiel campaign of 1644 for complicity with Wilmot3).

Colonel William Murray

A Scots soldier and associate of Prince Rupert.


In early July 1645 the Regiment of Colonel Murray had been re-recruited to a strength of 500 and were in Glamorgan and intended to garrison Cardiff.

However they appear to have still been in Glamorgan and on 15th July there were to go to Newport together with the Regiments of Colonels Appleyard and Tillier.

Appleyard was previously at Radnor and 200 strong and Tillier was in Brecknock and 400 strong.

Quite a few foot Regiments that fought at Naseby were subsequently re-recruited in Wales,including John Pawletts,Sir Jacob Astley,Duke of York,Kings Lifeguard,Sir Henry Bards,Sir Bernard Astleys,Robert Broughton's and Lisles. VJ

See Also

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) The Old Service: Royalist regimental colonels and the Civil War, 1642-6 P.R. Newman, Manchester University Press, 1993. ISBN 0-7190-3752-2