Sir Thomas Lunsford’s Regiment of Foot

Flag Illustration1)
Active1642-1645
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir Thomas Lunsford
Henry Lunsford
Prince Rupert
Area RaisedSomerset
Coat ColourBlue
Flag ColourGreen (Thos. Lunsford)?
Black & White & Grey/Blue
Flag DesignUnique
Field ArmiesHertford 1642
Oxford 1642-3
Rupert 1644
Oxford 1645

Later Henry Lunsford's Regiment of Foot, then Prince Rupert’s Regiment of Foot

Originally raised in Somerset, they went on to become Prince Rupert’s Own Regiment of Foot, fighting as part of the Oxford Army and on York March

Service History

1642

  • August: Skirmish at Wells
  • September: Besieged at Sherborne Castle
  • September: Skirmish at Babylon Hill
  • September: Shipped from Minehead to Cardiff
  • 23rd October: Battle of Edgehill - Part of Colonel Richard Fielding's Brigade (Front centre) Capture of Thomas Lunsford
  • 12th November: Storm of Brentford
  • 13th November: Standoff at Turnham Green
  • 9th December: Garrison of Reading

1643

  • February: Storm of Cirencester
  • March: Besieged in Malmesbury?
  • 13th - 27th April: Besieged in Reading
  • May: Quartered at Culham Camp
  • June: Skirmish at Chinnor (det)
  • June: Battle of Chalgrove Field (det)
  • 26th July: Storm of Bristol - Part of Belasye's Brigade. Death of Henry Lunsford.
  • Garrison of Bristol
  • August to September: Siege of Gloucester (det)
  • 4th September: Skirmish at Stow on the Wold
  • September: First Battle of Newbury

1644

  • March: Skirmish at Market Drayton
  • May: Storm of Stockport
  • May: Storm of Bolton
  • June: Siege of Liverpool
  • 2nd July: Battle of Marston Moor
  • Garrison of Chester

1645

  • January: Battle at Chrisleton
  • January to February: Besieged at Chester
  • 31st May: Storm of Leicester
  • 14th June: Battle of Naseby

Notes

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Clad in suits of coats, breeches and montero hats in July 1643 along with the other Royalist foot regiments then in Oxford, they were noted as wearing blue coats in 1644 and 1645 2). In 1645, under Prince Rupert, the regiment carried black, white and blue-grey flags of a unique design (Illustration 1), these were sketched by Symonds before Naseby and illustrated by Turmile afterwards, there are differences in the depictions, discussed by Peachey & Princs 3).

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 Thomas Lunsford

Sir Thomas Lunsford was Lieutenant of the Tower of London in the run-up to Civil War and was taken prisoner at Edgehill.

Colonel Henry Lunsford

Brother of Sir Thomas, he took over the regiment after Edgehill but was killed at the Storm of Bristol.

Prince Rupert

Lieutenant Colonel John Russell

John Russell, later commanded a regiment of Charles II's foot guards.

Strength

See Also

The regiment is today re-enacted by Sir Thomas Lunsford's Regiment of Foote of the English Civil War Society, Prince Rupert's Blew Regiment of Foote of the Sealed Knot and Prince Rupert's Regiment of Foot, First Captain's Company of the English Civil War Society of America.

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