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Sir John Beaumont’s Regiment of Foot

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir John Beaumont
John Godfrey
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Field ArmiesOxford

Later Colonel John Godfrey's Regiment of Foot

Royalist regiment of foot of the Oxford Army, later serving on the Welsh Marches

Service History


  • October: Battle of Edgehill
  • October: Siege of Banbury


  • January: Standoff at Cirencester
  • May: Besieged in Worcester
  • August to September: Siege of Gloucester
  • September: Beaumont killed in action
  • October: Battle of Wem and Leigh Bridge


  • June: Besieged at Tewkesbury


Coats, Flags & Equipment

They were issued 29 muskets from Weymouth by February 1644.1)

Notable Officers

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

Sir John Beaumont

Sir John Beaumont, Second Baronet killed in action September 1643

John Godfrey

Godfrey was also killed in action, during Massey's storm of Tewkesbury

Colonel Sir John Beaumonts Regiment of Foot


Colonel Sir John Beaumont

Lieutenant Colonel John Godfrey Lieutenant Colonel William Courtney (6)

Sargeant Major Raphael Neale (5) * Sargeant Major William Courtney (3)

Captain Lieutenant Robert Fleetwood (2) + I.O. Stafford Captain Lieutenant Thomas Gwatkin I.O. L + W * Captain Lieutenant Simpson (7)

Captain Anthony Dormer (3) + I.O. Stafford Captain George Massey (1) Captain Gilbert Thomas Ment. I.O. * Captain Francis Tyrringham I.O. L + W *

Lieutenant Edward Brown (1)

Ensign Thomas Ennis I.O. L + W *

Maybe Captain Thomas Rookwood H.O.L. Same time as Courtney and Dormer. Captain Thomas Rookwood Captain in the Kings Army and killed at Oxford. 2nd and 3rd sons of Robert Rookwood.1st son was Ambrose Rookwood.

(1) Staffordshire Record Office. D641/5/T/21/57 Commission as Lieutenant to Captain George Massey in Colonel Beaumonts Regiment of Foot.

(2) WO.55.423.76 19.1.1642/3 2 Barrells of Powder 2 cwt of match 2 cwt of musket shott to Col John Beaumonts Regiment signed Robert Fleetwood Lt. to Beaumont.

(3) House of Commons Journal.Vol.2 28.10.1642 Proceedings against Dormer, &c. Upon a Report made by Mr. Glyn, from the Committee appointed to examine Mr. Anth. Dormer and Mr. Purpett, who were taken at Wicombe, and brought up by Lieutenant Pell. It was Resolved, upon the Question, That Mr. Anth. Dormer be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Fleete, there to remain during the Pleasure of the House. Resolved, &c. That Mr. Edm. Purpett be forthwith committed Prisoner to the Fleete, there to remain during the Pleasure of the House. Ordered, That the Mayor of Wicombe (Wycombe) shall return again unto Mr. Purpett the Monies and Horse be staid of his at Wicombe. Ordered, That Mr. Glyn do prepare a Declaration upon the Consideration of the Commission granted by his Majesty to Serjeant Major Courtney, Captain Anth. Dormer, and others, notorious Papists; and upon the Examinations of Mr. Dormer and Mr. Purpett, &c.

Beaumonts Regiment served at Edgehill and was at Stowe on the Wold in December 1642, Evesham (FIND OUT DETAILS),Tewkesbury killed in September 1643 under Lord Capel and the Regiment taken over by Lieutenant Colonel John Godfrey who was killed at Tewkesbury in

Add.Mss.18980 f.86 Sir William Russell to Prince Rupert 19th July 1643 Worcester Has told Sir John Beaumonts Officers to be in readiness to march but I doubt they will not be above 100 men.

E.126.1 Speciall Passages 25.10-1.11.1642 ‘A Commission was sent to the House of Commons under the Kings own hand, granted to Sir John Beaumont a papist,to raise a Regiment,whose officers are also papists,which is to be published that all the world may see whose cause it is that his Majesty fights for’.

John Rushworth Historical Collections Vol.4 states that Dormer raised a Company of 75 men in Lancashire and that Courtney was Sargeant Major of the Regiment.Courtneys commission was in the possession of the House of Commons.

E.74.16 The Scotish Dove 27.10 -3.11.1643 Beaumont killed type.

Harl. Mss. 6802 f.164 To our Trusty and wellbeloved William Russell Knt. Governor of our Towne of Worcester Whereas a former warrant hath issued out fof ye payment of ye arreares of Sir John Beaumonts Regiment.Our will and pleasure is that you forthwith make speedily payment thereof according to the honour of the said warrant.And that the said souldiers which are already or shall be recruited to ye same Regiment may receive sufficient quarter in our towne of Worcester.And likewise that you furnish Sir John Beaumont with such sufficient provisions of match,powder and bullett as he shall require of you for the relieving of Dudley Castle.And in so doeing this shall be your sufficient warrant. Given &e. No date.

Harl. 6802 f.58 To Col. John Godfrey and the Officers of his Regiment whom it may concern Whereas we have received complaynt from you that divers souldiers who have bin inlisted in your Regiment havecdeserted their Collers and are now under other commanders to the prejudice of our service and disablinge you to UNCLEAR Regiment. Our will and pleasure therefore and wee doe hereby authorise you to seize upon the persons of all such souldiers and if they will not willingly returne to be committed to safe custody and proceeded against accordingly atreightly commanding all officers whatsoever whom have any of them to deliver them unto you at theire perill Given 8. Aprill (1644)

I wonder if Francis Tyrinngham is the same one as in Lord Ranelaghs Regiment in Ireland ?

Main Papers (Parchment Main Papers) - ref. HL/PO/JO/10/4/7 - date: 7 Sep 1642-18 Dec 1643

1 volume

Contents 7 Sep 1642 - Commission from the King appointing William Courtenay, sergeant-major of the regiment of foot under the command of Sir John Beaumont, and captain over one company in the regiment.

(5) WO.55.458.105 28.12.1643 1 Cwt Powder match and musket shot for Colonel Godfrey signed Major Raphiell Neale

(6) WO.55.423.110 31.1.1642/3 From Earl of Forth deliver to Lt. Col. Courtney 10 muskets,powder,etc.Signed William Courtnay

* Under Colonel Godfrey in I.O.

31.12.1642 at Stow on the Wold.

Royalist Martyrs Lt. Col. John Godfrey slain at Tewksbury.

The papers of Captain Henry Stevens IX. The following is an extract from 'An account of monies disbursed for his Majesties service by Captain Henry Stevens Wagonmaster Generall of his Majesties Army'.

29 December 1643/44

For carriage of 3 loads of ammunicion & arms from Oxon to Evesham for Col. Godfrey being 30 myles at 6d ye myle £2.5sh.0d

(7) E.24.18 The Kingdoms Weekly Intelligencer Tues 7th January to Tuesday 14th January 1644

Colonel Foxes cubs,have fallen upon the enemy neere Dudley Castle,and taken Captain Lieutenant Simpson; Captain Lieutenant to Colonel Beaumont,and divers other prisoners; and so I end with the wily Fox.


See Also

1) Bodleian Library Rawlinson Ms D395