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-The Marquis of Hertford'​s Regiment of Foot were likely raised from a nucleus of the foot besieged at Sherborne Castle in September 1642, that accompanied Hertford in his withdrawal to Minehead and Cardiff in the October together with the nucleus of [[royalist:​foot-regiments:​sir-thomas-lunsford|Sir Thomas Lunsford’s Regiment of Foot]]. Initially they may not have been formally organised into a regiment. Hertford raised men in South Wales over the winter, before marching to reinforce the Oxford Army in January 1643, and along the way making an unsuccessful attempt on Cirencester with Prince Rupert. Rupert returned to storm Cirencester the next month, but Hertford'​s regiment are not mentioned as being present.+The Marquis of Hertford'​s Regiment of Foot were likely raised from a nucleus of the foot besieged at Sherborne Castle in September 1642, that accompanied Hertford in his withdrawal to Minehead and Cardiff in the October together with the nucleus of [[royalist:​foot-regiments:​sir-thomas-lunsford|Sir Thomas Lunsford’s Regiment of Foot]]. Interestingly Joseph Bampfield claimed to have commanded Hertford'​s regiment (presumably as Lt Col before Bernard Astley?) before being captured, possibly around Sherborne or in the Welsh marches. Initially they may not have been formally organised into a regiment. Hertford raised men in South Wales over the winter, before marching to reinforce the Oxford Army in January 1643, and along the way making an unsuccessful attempt on Cirencester with Prince Rupert. Rupert returned to storm Cirencester the next month, but Hertford'​s regiment are not mentioned as being present.
  
 In May, Hertford, together with Rupert'​s brother Prince Maurice and a small army of 1000 foot in three or four regiments and 1500 horse, marched into the West Country where they joined with Lord Hopton'​s forces at Chard. They served with the Western army for the remainder of the campaign, fighting at the Battle of Lansdown, defending Devizes and storming Bristol. Subsequently the regiment remained in Bristol to recruit and equip, though likely sent a detachment of musketeers to the First Battle of Newbury as part of a unit of commanded shot.  In May, Hertford, together with Rupert'​s brother Prince Maurice and a small army of 1000 foot in three or four regiments and 1500 horse, marched into the West Country where they joined with Lord Hopton'​s forces at Chard. They served with the Western army for the remainder of the campaign, fighting at the Battle of Lansdown, defending Devizes and storming Bristol. Subsequently the regiment remained in Bristol to recruit and equip, though likely sent a detachment of musketeers to the First Battle of Newbury as part of a unit of commanded shot.