Colonel Richard Bagot’s Regiment of Foot

Flag Illustration 11)
Active1643 to 1646
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelRichard Bagot (d. 7 July 1645)
Harvey Bagot
Area RaisedStaffordshire
Coat Colour
Flag ColourBlue
Flag DesignYellow Mullets
Field ArmiesGarrison
Rupert 1644
Oxford 1645

Later Colonel Harvey Bagot’s Regiment of Foot

Royalist regiment of foot in garrison at Lichfield, elements serving with Prince Rupert in 1644 and the Oxford Army in 1645

Service History

1644

  • January: Taking of Burton on Trent?
  • March: Battle of Cotes Bridge
  • March: Battle of Newark
  • August: Skirmish at Burton on Trent?

1645

  • May: Storm of Leicester
  • June: Battle of Naseby
  • August: Storm of Huntingdon
  • September: Battle of Rowton Heath?
  • October: Unknown but a detachment 3 Officers and 79 men “marched out”
  • December: Relief (attempted) of Chester

1646

  • March to July: Besieged at Lichfield Close

Notes

Bagot's regiment formed the Royalist garrison of Lichfield from 1644 and soon gained a reputation as prolific skirmishers and plunderers. Although serving at a number of major battles, they appear to have maintained part of the regiment in garrison at Lichfield throughout.

Coats and Flags

Coat colour unknown. They carried blue flags with gold star devices in May 16452), noted by Symonds as Bagott's foot colors: Azure, a mullet or, on a canton a cross the flags are occasionally erroneously shown as purple in some publications.

Notable Officers

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

Colonel Richard Bagot

Governor of Lichfield, he accompanied the regiment to Naseby but was seriously wounded, dying soon after Bagot family ODNB.

Colonel Harvey Bagot

Took command after his brother's death on 7 July 1645 Bagot family ODNB.

Strength

  • 19 August 1645: Detachment of 150 men under Harvey Bagot with the King at Doncaster3)
  • 11 October 1645: 397 men plus 68 NCOs, Drummers (including a Drum Major in the Colonel's Company), etc. and 16 Officers, in 7 companies + Captain Zachariah Turnpenny's “Citizen Company” (3 Officers, other strength unknown)
  • 20 October 1645: 322 men plus 58 NCOs, Drummers (including a Drum Major in the Colonel's Company), etc. and ? Officers, in 7 companies + Captain Zachariah Turnpenny's “Citizen Company” (3 Officers, other strength unknown)
  • 1 November 1645: 427 men plus 68 NCOs, Drummers (including a Drum Major in the Colonel's Company), etc. and ? Officers, in 7 companies + Captain Zachariah Turnpenny's “CitizenCompany” (3 Officers, other strength unknown)
  • 26 November 1645: 386 men plus 71 NCOs, Drummers (including a Drum Major in the Colonel's Company), etc. and ? Officers, in 7 companies + Captain Zachariah Turnpenny's “Citizen Company” (3 Officers, other strength unknown)
  • 24 December 1645: 353 men plus 76 NCOs, Drummers (including a Drum Major in the Colonel's Company and a “gunsmith” in each company), etc. and ? Officers, in 7 companies + Captain Zachariah Turnpenny's “Citizen Company” (2 Officers, other strength unknown)

See Also

1) Flag images by kind permission of Wargames Designs
2) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846
3) British Library Harleian Ms 911