Sir William Russell’s Regiment of Foot

Active1642 to 1646
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir William Russell
Area RaisedWorcestershire
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesGarrison
Oxford 1645

Royalist foot regiment based at Worcester

Service History

1642

  • Raised in Worcester

1643

  • February: Taking of Tewkesbury
  • April: Evacuates Tewkesbury
  • May: Besieged at Worcester
  • August to September: Siege of Gloucester

1644

  • March: Summon Stourton Castle (det)

1645

  • June: Battle of Naseby (det)

1646

  • May to July: Besieged at Worcester

Notes

Flags

Notable Officers

Sir William Russell

Sir William Russell of Wytley was governor of Worcester from 1642 to December 1643 when he was replaced by Gilbert Gerard.

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642.

  • Colonel Sir William Russell (1)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Goffe (1)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Davies (2) + (3)
  • Sargeant Major Henry Ingram (1)
  • Sargeant Major Harvey (2)
  • Captain Calthrop (1)
  • Captain Chasnie (2)
  • Captain Cheyney (2)
  • Captain Hanbury (2)
  • Captain Robert Hughes (1) + (2) + I.O. Denbigh.
  • Captain Ingram Ment. I.O.
  • Captain Middlemore (2) + ment. I.O.
  • Captain Richard Moore (2) + I.O. Worcs.
  • Captain Edward Osborne I.O. L + W
  • Captain Poultney (1)
  • Captain John Rumney (2)
  • Captain Thomas Sheldon (2) + I.O. Worcs.
  • Captain Sparry (2)
  • Captain Spencer (2)
  • Captain Conway Whittorne (1) + I.O. Glocs.
  • Lieutenant Walter Collins I.O. Worcs. to Capt. Ingram
  • Lieutenant Henry Fitch I.O. Hereford. to Sgnt. Maj. Harvey
  • Lieutenant John Moses I.O. Worcs.
  • Lieutenant Richard Normcott I.O. Salop. to Capt. Hughes
  • Lieutenant Richard Williams I.O. Worcs. to Capt. Middlemore
  • Ensign Thomas Mellicheap I.O. L + W to Capt. Whittorne
  • Ensign John Moore I.O. Worcs.
  • Ensign John Twittey I.O. Worcs.
  • Quartermaster Thomas Blumson I.O. L + W

Contemporary References

(2) Muster Roll June + December 1642
  • Colonel Sir William Russell
  • Lieutenant Colonel Davies
  • Captain Spencer
  • Captain Middlemore
  • Captain Chasnie
  • Captain Hughes
  • Captain Sheldon
  • Captain Sparry
  • Captain (John) Rumney
  • Captain Moore
  • Captain Cheyney
  • Captain Hanbury

A John Rumney/Romney was born in 1610 in Knightwick and is probably the Captain. Captain Rumney was killed at the siege of Gloucester in August 1643 as mentioned in Corbet. This is almost certainly the father of John Rumney of Knightswick, Worcestershire, who petitioned that his father had died in August 1643.

Muster 29th May 1646 in Worcester
  • Sir William Russells Company; Officers 7, Soldiers 63
  • Lt. Col. Goffe; Officers 6, Soldiers 42
  • Major Ingram; Officers 6, Soldiers 42
  • Captain Hughes; Officers 5. Soldiers 38
  • Captain Calthrop; Officers 4, Soldiers 24
  • Captain Poultney; Officers 6. Soldiers 36
  • Captain Whithorne; Officers 5, Soldiers 35

Officers 39, Soldiers 280

Other references

(2) Merc. Aul 28.3.1644 Summoned Stourton Castle Staffordshire with one troop of horse and one company of foot. Defended by Robert Tuthill and taken. MORE….

(3) Harl.Ms. 6852 To Barnaby Scudamore, Governor of Hereford £150 to be paid to the Regiment of Foot of Sir William Russell by order of Prince Rupert, whereof £30 was the proportion due to Lieutenant Colonell Davies slayne lately in our service. Money to be paid to Thomayne Davies widow of Lieutenant Colonell Davies the full sum of £30. 30.6.1645.

Davies is listed among the Officers killed at the Battle of Naseby in Sir Edward Walkers discourses.p.115

Strength

  • May 1646: 39 officers and 280 soldiers

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