Sir William Saville’s Regiment of Foot

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir William Saville
Area RaisedYorkshire
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Field ArmiesGarrison

Royalist Regiment of Foot serving in Yorkshire

Service History


  • December: Repulsed from Bradford


  • January: Skirmish at Bradford?
  • January: Stormed at Leeds
  • June: Garrison of Sheffield


  • July to August: Besieged at Sheffield Castle
  • December to March 1645: Besieged at Pontefract?


  • March: Battle of Pontefract
  • August: Storm of Huntingdon?


Saville died of a fever in January 1644, thereafter Beaumont appears to have led the regiment. After Beaumont surrendered at Sheffield, remains of regiment may have been combined with Sir Thomas Wheatley’s

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Saville's Yorkshire Trained Band wore red coats and carried white flags in the First Bishops' War, perhaps his First Civil War regiment did also.

Notable Officers

Sir William Saville

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

Saville to Beaumont June 1643

Beaumont Papers published 1884

Sir William Saville to Major Thomas Beaumont

I receved the letter dated yesterday, and for the writinges that are Mr. Spencers I am willing he have them restored, but I heare nothinge of an assesment I wished you to make, whearin by assisinge all about you att easy summes weekely, as, some of the richest of all ten shillinges weekely, and some but sixe pence or twelvepence weekely, and so all sumes betweene them so fornamed, a competent sume of mony might be gott upp for the weekely entertainment of the officers and soldiers in the Castle.

Tor the bullets that are alreddy made if you thinck the way be safe send them to the Castle att Pontefratt, and write to the Governor theare to keepe them for me, and I have alreddy att Pontefratt Castle that is for your house twenty firkins of hutter. I have mach to, butt it will not be att Pontefratt untill to-morrow night att the soonest ; for gun powder I shall not be unmindfull of you. but however be carefull; and for provition of fish I have sent to Scarborough for as much as will serve you one day in a weeke for a yeare. For Wm, Savile, I will examine him about that you write, be beinge now att Yorke for Capt. Markham ; he is not to have any pay nor his dragooners ; I wonder much he should expect any. I make no question but he will behave himselfe well and carefully, and if he doe so he may easyly beleevc I will be carfull of him.

For Sir Fran. Wortley itt is heare said that he is enclosed in his house; whither he be or no, you must not suffer Shefield Castle to suffer, if you can helpe itt. I have looked over the list you sent me, and thinck that a troupe of dragooners may very well be spard, and thearfore I could wish you could devise a way to gett fifty of them horsed. If Mr. Bright, my Lord of Arrondel's balife, have any lead, sease of itt, carry itt into the Castle, and if you can find any delinquents that have not compounded serve them so to. Lay out intiligence to see if you can learne of any packes that cume from London to Manchester ; such a prise would doe well.

If you send your providore or his deputy into Marshland, that cuntry affordeth att this present great store of beenes and corne of all sorts. Gett great store of provition, malt and meale especially, and gett 100 hogsheades of beare brewed att least, and when any sendeth for provition into the toune of Shefield or neare thear abouts doe you superseade the warrantes under your hand, and I will make itt out ; and lett your providores be diligent every way.

Lett every one about Shefield continue to be carefull, for t heare is the hart of

Your most faithfull friend and servant,

Wil. Savile.

I shall desiare to heare what becumeth of Sir Fran. Wortley, and how the case standeth with him and his forces. I would know whither you have provided yourselfes of a chirourgion; theare is one att Barnsley that will serve your turne; send for him, and if he will not come I will provide you.

If you will send to my tenant Sutton, who doeth live ether at Southwingfield or Sherland in Darbyshire, send a woman with your letter, and Sutton will either goe to my wife or find a messinger.

Endorsed, — For my noble frend Ser. Ma. Beaumount, deputy governor of the Toune and Castle of Shefield.

Lett the bearer haste, this 3 of June 1643, with this letter and tow more.

Wil. Savile.

Sir William Savile to Major Thomas Beaumont.

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