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Sir Thomas Tyldesley’s Regiment of Foot

Active1643 to 1646?
ConflictsFirst Civil War
Third Civil War
ColonelSir Thomas Tyldesley
Area RaisedLancashire
Coat ColourRed?
Flag Colourred or green
Flag Designsee notes
Field ArmiesDerby 1642-3
Oxford 1643
Byron 1644
Derby 1651

Royalist foot regiment raised in Lancashire, later part of the Oxford army, then returning North

Service History


  • February: Stormed at Preston
  • March: Storm of Lancaster
  • March: Storm of Preston
  • Aprli: Battle of Whalley Abbey
  • July: Storm of Burton on Trent
  • August to September: Siege of Gloucester
  • September: First Battle of Newbury


  • January: Siege of Nantwich
  • January: Battle of Nantwich
  • May: Storm of Stockport
  • May: Storm of Bolton
  • June: Siege of Liverpool
  • July: Battle of Marston Moor
  • August to November: Besieged in Liverpool
  • August: Battle of Ormskirk?
  • September: Battle of Montgomery Castle??



  • March to July: Besieged at Lichfield?


  • Raised anew in Lancashire
  • August: March from Warrington to Preston (21st) 1)
  • August: Battle of Wigan Lane (25th)


Lord Derby led two companies of Tyldesley's foot as the spearhead of the final assault on Bolton 2). Tyldesley was a Catholic and many officers in his regiments were notable Lancastrian Catholics too.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

It is likely that Tydesley's wore red coats in the First Civil War as discussed by Peachey & Prince 3) and Stuart Reid 4). Tyldesley's Regiment of Foote (ECWS) field a red and white gyronny colour; Reid suggests green colours bearing numbers of small white crosses upon them 5); there are two standards illustrated in Fahneen und Standarten 6) a red and black gyronny design, and a green colour with a white cross device.

Notable Officers

Sir Thomas Tyldesley

The Lieutenant Colonel is unknown but is believed to have died at Newbury. Major Hugh Anderton was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel after Newbury, and Orde promoted to Major. Cuthbert Bradkirk of Wray was a captain in the regiment, securing Clitheroe Castle after Marston Moor 7)


See Also

Tyldesley's are re-enacted by Sir Thomas Tyldesley's Regiment of Foote

1) Terribly Obscure Battles of the English Civil War 1. Wigan Lane, 25th August 1651 by Stuart Reid in English Civil War Notes and Queries Issue 1, pp 3-4, Eds. David Ryan & Hawk Norton, Jan 1984
2) , 7) The Civil Wars in Lancashire 1640-1660, Stephen Bull 2009, Carnegie Publishing ISBN:978-1-85936-191-7
3) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846
4) , 5) The Finest Knight in England, Stuart Reid 1987, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525390
6) Fahnen und Standarten Volume V, Antje & Jurgen Lucht, Edition Peterstor ISBN:978-3-946351-05-4