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Colonel Richard Bolle’s Regiment of Foot

Flag Illustration1)
Active1642-5, 1648
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
Second Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelRichard Bolle
Sir George Lisle
Area RaisedStaffordshire
Essex
Coat ColourRed or Blue
Flag ColourWhite
Flag DesignUnknown
Field ArmiesOxford 1642-5
Lucas 1648

Later Sir George Lisle's Regiment of Foot

Royalist regiment of foot of the Oxford Army, raised by Bolle for Lord Paget

Service History

1642

  • August: Commissioned to be raised in Staffordshire
  • August: Raised in Lichfield area
  • September: Join the King's army
  • October: Quartered at Wornill (Woodhill?), Shropshire
  • 23rd October: Battle of Edgehill
  • 13th November: Standoff at Turnham Green
  • 9th December: Quartered at Reading

1643

  • Garrison of Reading
  • 13th - 27th April: Besieged at Reading
  • May: Quartered at Culham Camp
  • 26th July: Storm of Bristol
  • 3rd August to 5th September: Siege of Gloucester
  • 20th September: First Battle of Newbury
  • September: Quartered at Reading
  • November: Sent south to reinforce Hopton
  • December: Battle of Alton Church: Bolle killed in action

1644

  • Lisle takes over the regiment
  • Quartered in Reading
  • 29th March: Battle of Cheriton
  • April: Mustered at Aldbourne Chase
  • June: Battle of Tipton Green (musket det)
  • June: Battle of Cropredy Bridge
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • 27th October: Second Battle of Newbury
  • December: Garrison of Faringdon

1645

  • April: Defence of Faringdon?
  • 31st May: Storm of Leicester
  • 14th June: Battle of Naseby
  • Regiment destroyed at Naseby, though some might have remained at Faringdon

1648

  • June: Raised anew in Essex
  • June: Taking of Braintree
  • June: Taking of Colchester
  • June to August: Besieged at Colchester
  • August: Surrender at Colchester

Notes

Articles concerning the history of the regiment are available online at Sir George Lisle's Regiment of Foote website.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Clad in either all red or all blue suits of coats, breeches and montero hats in July 1643 along with the other Royalist foot regiments then in Oxford 2). Symonds noted that Lisle's carried white colours in April 1644 3).

Notable Officers

A list of the regiment's officers is shown in Officers and Regiments of the Royalist Army by Stuart Reid (Partizan Press).

Lord Paget

Richard Bolle

Sir George Lisle

Strength

  • September 1642: Said to be 1000 to 1300
  • November 1642: Muster 534 men after losses at Edgehill
  • April 1644: 203 at Reading
  • April 1644: At Aldbourne Chase mustered 6 Captains, 7 Lieutenants, 8 Ensigns, 7 Gentlemen, 17 Sergeants, 22 Corporals, 14 Drummers, 189 Soldiers 4)

See Also

The regiment are re-enacted by Sir George Lisle's Regiment of Foote of the Sealed Knot.

1) Flag images by kind permission of Wargames Designs
2) , 3) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846
4) British Library Harleian ms 986.