Sir Abraham Shipman's Regiment of Foot

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir Abraham Shipman
Area RaisedCheshire?
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Field ArmiesGarrison

Royalist regiment briefly in garrison at Oswestry prior to its capture by the Earl of Denbigh

Service History


  • June: Garrison Oswestry
  • June: Besieged and captured at Oswestry


Briefly installed as garrison as Oswestry at the start of June 1644, they lasted only 3 weeks before Oswestry was taken by the Parliamentarians under the Earl of Denbigh. As well as Shipman's regiment and some armed townsmen, Oswestry evidently had a mounted contingent, as two Cornets were captured.

Colonel William Wynne’s Regiment of Foot are also connected with the loss of Oswestry. perhaps Wynne took over the remnants of Shipman's command??

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Sir Abraham Shipman

Governor of Oswestry but absent in Shrewsbury when the Castle surrendered 22nd June 1644.He was previously the Governor of Chester as per his heading a Council of war/meeting in November 1643 regarding Hawarden Castle in History of the County Palatine of Cheshire. He was a Sargeant Major in Lord Ranelagh's Regiment in March 1643 and must have came over from Ireland with part of the Regiment.

Officer Lists

Original Research by Victor Judge aka '1642'

The Oswestry Prisoner lists are from differing accounts

  • Colonel Abraham Shipman
  • Lieutenant Colonel John Birdwell (John Bodvel or Bodwell)
  • Captain John Warren
  • Captain John Farrell
  • Captain John Madrin
  • Captain Thomas Tenet
  • Captain Phillips
  • Lieutenant Nicholas Hookes
  • Lieutenant Thomas Davenport
  • Lieutenant Richard Franklin
  • Ensign Hugh Lloyd
  • Ensign Lewis Morgan
  • Ensign Wynne
  • Cornet Leonard
  • Cornet Lloyd
  • Commissary Richard Edwards
  • 9 Sargeants
  • 9 Corporals
  • 1 Drum Major
  • 305 Common soldiers
  • 80 Townsmen in arms
  • 200 Muskets
  • 100 Pikes
  • 45 Barrells of Powder
  • Ensign

Contemporary References

Letter from Chester

Extract of a letter Chester 2nd June 1644

Denbigh is before Rushon House and all our forces in *Namptwich are drawne out to meet him, they say he intend, either to fall on, Shrewsbury or Bridgenorth, Wemm forces the other dayy took all Sir Foulkes Hunckes carriages, upon the Prince declaring Sir Abraham Shipman Governor of Osestery, Colonell Lloyd and all the forces quitted the Towne and disbanded, whereupon the Townsmen & Wemm forces were on some termes, and certainly wee had lost the Towne, had not Colonell Marrow marched thither as he did, four hundred foot and horse of the enemie being three miles of Wemm & the Townsmen stood above an hour considering whether to let Marrow in or no, but at the last received him, he stayed some three days there, and hath settled Sir Abraham Shipman & his Regiment, & brought yesterday 2 Lieutenants and about 40 common souldiers prisoners which he took of Wemm since he went, besides many that he killed. * An error as Nantwich was already in the hands of Parliament.

This appears to be the only mention of Sir Abraham Shipman as Governor and Colonel of a Regiment


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