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Colonel Samuel Sandys’ Regiment of Foot

Active1643 to 1646
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSamuel Sandys
John Knottsford
Area RaisedWorcester
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Later Colonel John Knottsford's Regiment of Foot

Royalist Regiment of Foot based at Worcester

Service History


  • May: Besieged in Worcester
  • August to September: Siege of Gloucester
  • 20th September: First Battle of Newbury


  • October: Skirmish at Alcester


  • November: Battle of Denbigh Green


Samuel’s brother, Martin Sandys, led the Worcester Trained Band regiment.


Notable Officers

Colonel Samuel Sandys

Colonel John Knottsford

Colonel Samuel Sandys Regiment of Foot

Lieutenant Colonel David Hyde

Sargeant Major Moore Ment. I.O.

Captain Byron (3) Captain Francis Clare I.O. Worcs. Captain Richard Field I.O. Salop. Captain Gunter (4) Captain Heling Add.Mss 17062 Captain Littleton Ment. I.O. Captain Millington Ment. I.O. Captain Francis Moore (2) + Add.Mss. 17062 Captain William Moore (3) Captain John Peacock (1) Captain Sandys Ment. I.O. Captain William Sandys (4) + Add.Mss.17062 Captain Frederick Windsor Add.Mss.17062

Lieutenant Lewis Butts I.O. Norfolk to Capt. Littleton Lieutenant Walter Colles I.O. Worcs. to Capt. Clare Lieutenant George Copley I.O. Middx. Lieutenant Austin Evans I.O. Montgom. Lieutenant Edward Freeman I.O. Worcs. to Capt. Millington Lieutenant Richard Hunt I.O. Glocs. to Sgnt. Maj. Moore Lieutenant Raynsford (3) Lieutenant John Salmon I.O. Worcs. to Capt. Sandys

(1) SP23.207.365 Delinquency of John Peacock of Cumnor,Berkshire. These are to certify those whom it may concern that ye bearer hereof Captain John Peacock was a Capt: in ye Regiment of Coll. Samuell Sandys in Hartlebury Castle att the tyme of ye rendition thereof to mee to yee Parliament use,and that upon my ingagement to him,he was to have ye benefit of ye articles whereupon the said Castle was surrendered.In testimony whereof I have hereunto putt my hand the 20th Day of October 1648. Tho. Morgan.

(2) SP23.120.33 The information of Constance Stringer was done on ye behalfe of the Commonwealth against Francis Moore of Severn Stoke in ye County of Worcester Gent. That when Worcester Citty was a Garrison for ye late Kinge the said Francis Moore vizt in the yeare 1644: was a Commander and in armes in that Citty against the Parliament: and did then doe many Acts of Hostility there. Constance Stringer Allowed 20th Febr. 1650.

Symonds mentions that the Regiment was given to Colonel Knotsford at Evesham.

(3) 1646 Diary of Henry Townsend in Worcester Garrison p.684 of Mss.

Major Moore Captain Byron Captain William Moore Lieutenant Raynsford

Captain William Sandys was Governor of Hartlebury Garrison.

The civil war wreaked havoc across communities with Garrison Commanders acting like tyrants terrorising the surrounding communities.

(4) SP23.121.737

To the Honourable Committee of Compositions sitting at Goldsmiths Hall

The humble peticion of John Taylor of Swinford in Com. Worcs., Mercer


One William Sandys Governour of Hartlebury Castle in the said County sent an express Warrant to another,also that of his Captayne Gunter to burne down the house of your peticioner and to effect it the more sowe,he required the Constable of Stowerbrydge to be ayding and assisting to him there as the annexed setts forth according to which warrant it was done,and your peticioner,his wife and many children left destitute of a habitacion and means they being damnified to the least £1000.


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