Marquis of Ormond’s Regiment of Foot

Active1656 to 1661
CountryIreland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsAnglo-Spanish War
TypeFoot
ColonelMarquis of Ormond
Richard Grace
Area RaisedFlanders
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesCharles II 1658

Also Colonel Richard Grace’s Regiment of Foot

Regiment raised for Charles II in exile from Irishmen in Flanders, they fought at the Battle of the Dunes

Service History

1656

  • Raised in Flanders from Irish Royalists

1657

1658

  • June: Battle of the Dunes

1659

1660

1661

  • November: Muster only 80 men

Notes

The regiment's history is discussed in Firth, C. H. (1898), Royalist and Cromwellian Armies in Flanders, 1657-1662, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, pp. 67–119

Charles II began to raise an army at Bruges in Flanders in 1656, having signed a treaty to ally with Spain against France and Cromwellian England. Ormond led a regiment of exiled Irish Royalists, commanded in the field by Col. Richard Grace. These had previously been in Spanish employ, then French, and now re-joined the Spanish under Grace. In July 1658 the regiment fought at the Battle of the Dunes in Muskerry’s brigade, but the French and English Protectorate forces were victorious. Despite the defeat Ormond's regiment retired off the field in good order. They remained in Flanders until the end of 1661 when, reduced to only 80 men, they were probably incorporated into the other Irish regiments in Flanders.

Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Marquis of Ormond

Richard Grace

Strength

  • April 1657: Estimated at 700 men by English news-sheets

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