Welcome to the BCW Project regimental wiki. This wiki is intended to facilitate research into English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish regiments of the mid-17th Century, encompassing the Wars of the Three Kingdoms including the Bishops' Wars, the Irish Confederate War, the First, Second and Third English Civil Wars and the Commonwealth and Protectorate era of the 1650s. Anyone with an interest in the military history of this period is welcome to participate.

The articles can be viewed by everyone, but if you want to contribute you will need to register an account to gain editing rights. You can register by clicking the Login link on the top right of this page and following the Register link.

Project Structure

The regiments are currently organised under eleven broad categories:

  • Bishops Wars - English regiments of the Bishops' Wars (1639-40)
  • Royalist - English and Welsh Royalist regiments of the Civil Wars and Interregnum
  • Parliamentarian - Parliamentarian regiments raised prior to the establishment of the New Model Army
  • Trained Bands - county militias of England and Wales
  • New Model Army - regiments established by the New Model Army ordinance of 1645
  • Covenanters - Scottish Covenanter regiments of the Bishops Wars, Confederate War and Civil Wars
  • Scots Royalist - Scottish regiments loyal to the Crown during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms
  • Commonwealth - post-New Model Army regiments of the Commonwealth and Protectorate
  • Confederate - regiments of the Catholic Confederacy of Ireland
  • Protestant (Ireland) - British forces in Ireland and their allies
  • Foreign Service - British and Irish forces in the service of Foreign Countries

Categories are sub-divided into Foot, Horse and (where relevant) Dragoon branches, which give links to the regiment articles. There is also a section for more general articles, notes and FAQs.

What's New?

  • December 2020: News of the BCW community using lockdown productively! Sean Cresswell has just published a new Chronology of the English Civil Wars, see our Links and Sources page. Mike Chetham has been writing an excellent blog on wargaming the ECW and I've added links to his coats and flags articles at our Articles page. If you have a new resource to add, please get in touch and I'll be very happy to link to it from this site.
  • March 2020: All the very best to everyone during coronavirus quarantine, please stay safe from 'vile contagion' as our predecessors would have put it. I hope to spend some more time formatting Victor's many great updates on the Royalists, there's quite a backlog to catch up with still.
  • November 2019: Lots and lots of updates to catch up with from Victor on the Royalists and new BCW user muireagan on the Irish Confederates, many thanks both! Meanwhile I've run into an odd problem editing pages, if you get the error message Security Token did not match. Possible CSRF attack. when you try to save an edited page, you'll need to log in again using https:// in front of the wiki website address, then best to update your bookmarks.
  • January 2019: A whole year since last update; Victor's been adding lots of Royalist info, which I still haven't caught up with yet. Meanwhile a fascinating new web resource has appeared Civil War Petitions that shows Royalist and Parliamentarian soldiers' petitions relating to the Civil Wars.
  • January 2018: It's been quiet over the New Year, but Victor has added information on Sir Edward Norris’ Regiment of Foot a little-known regiment in garrison at Warrington.
  • October 2017: Victor Judge helped sort out the tangled histories of Sir John Arundell's Cornish Trained Band Regiment of Foot and Colonel John Trevannion’s Regiment of Foot, as well as providing great information on Colonel James Ussher’s Regiment of Dragoons and several Royalist foot regiments.
  • July 2017: New BCW wiki user black-watch-1745 has found a list of the Devon Trained Bands in 1633 and descriptions of one of the regiment's flags.
  • July 2017: News of a very interesting online resource, The Cromwell Association Online Directory of Parliamentarian Army Officers by Tim Wales and Stephen Roberts, hosted by British History Online. This lists 4000 Parliamentarian officers of the First Civil War and gives brief biographies.
  • May 2017: In our Articles Section we are very fortunate to bring you a series on standards of the ECW, originally published in Military Modelling magazine by Charles Kightly and Anthony Barton.
  • May 2017: Ivor Carr discovers a paylist for the Eastern Association Army at Marston Moor

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