Sir Edmund Fortescue’s Regiment of Foot

Active1643 to 1646
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir Edmund Fortescue
Area RaisedDevon
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesMaurice 1643-4
Goring 1645
Garrison

Royalist regiment of foot serving with Prince Maurice’s, then Lord Goring’s forces in the West Country

Service History

1643

  • October: Taking of Dartmouth
  • December: Fortescue commissioned to garrison Fort Charles at Salcombe

1644

  • April to June: Siege of Lyme Regis
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury

1645

  • July: Battle of Langport

1646

  • January to May: Besieged at Salcombe

Notes

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Sir Edmund Fortescue

Sir Edmund Fortescue, High Sheriff of Devon, tried to raise the Devon Posse Comitatus at Modbury in 1642 but was captured when Ruthin dispersed the gathering. He was imprisoned at Windsor Castle until released in a prisoner exchange in 1643, then in December was commissioned by Prince Maurice to repair and garrison the fort at Salcombe. After surrendering Salcombe in May 1646, Fortescue moved to Holland where he died at Delft in 1647.

Strength

  • Symonds noted that the regiment had been reduced from 800 men to just 80 by Second Newbury
  • The Salcombe garrison consisted of eleven officers, Sir Charles Luckner being second in command, and two of Fortescue's brothers serving under him, a chaplain, a surgeon, two laundresses, and forty-three non-commissioned officers and men.

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