Sir Lewis Pollard’s North Devon Trained Band Regiment of Foot

Later Sir Samuel Rolle’s, then Colonel John Luttrell's? Trained Band of Foot

Active1642-3
1644
CountryEngland
AllegianceParliamentarian
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelSir Lewis Pollard
Sir Samuel Rolle
John Luttrell?
Area RaisedDevon
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Regiment of Devon Trained Band foot, supporting the Parliamentarians

Service History

1642

  • Summer: Rolle in command
  • August: Arthur Bassett attempts to disband the regiment
  • December: Skirmish at Torrington

1643

  • February: Battle of Modbury
  • April: Battle of Beacon Hill
  • May: Battle of Stratton
  • August: Skirmish at Torrington
  • September: Barnstaple surrenders to Royalists. Regiment dispersed

1644

  • June: Luttrell made Colonel
  • June: Retaking of Barnstaple. Regiment reforms
  • July to August: Attack on Appledore Fort
  • September: Failed defence of Barnstaple

Notes

Pollard had commanded the trained band since at least 1630, but seems to have quickly lost control to the Parliamentarians, indeed he may have been dead by 1642. In August 1642 Royalist Arthur Bassett was commissioned Colonel of the regiment formerly Sir Samuel Rolle's which was ordered to disband and disarm. Plainly this was ignored.

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Notable Officers

Sir Lewis Pollard

Royalist, he died in 1641 or 1645? His elder son Sir Hugh Pollard was Royalist governor of Dartmouth leading Sir Hugh Pollard’s Regiment of Footand his second son Sir Aymes Pollard led Colonel Aymes Pollard’s Regiment of Foot at Langport.

Sir Samuel Rolle

Sir Samuel Rolle swiftly replaced Pollard at the start of the Civil War

John Luttrell

Captain 25/09/42; Major 14/02/43 - 08/08/43 Then Colonel 02/06/44 - 01/12/44 (Luttrell's accounts clearly state that he became colonel of “ye sd regmt” i.e. that in which he had been captain and major. However in a letter he wrote after the retaking of Barnstaple he say he was commissioned to raise a volunteer regiment and that Colonel Rolle was calling in his old trayned regiment 1) It is possible that Rolle was too old for active command, he was in his mid-fifties and would die in 1647, and that Luttrell took over his command having failed to raise enough men himself.)

Officer List

  • Lieutenant Colonel? Robert Rolle (1643 son and heir to Samuel. along with his father he certified the service of John Luttrell in “the Regimt under or comand”) (N.A. SP28/266/Part2/81)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Stephens (01/07/44 - 01/12/44) (N.A. SP28/39/200)
  • Major Richard Harris (01/07/44 - 02/11/44)

Both of the above two officers could have served in Luttrell's volunteer regt.

  • Captain Robert Bennett (1643. later Colonel of Foot)

Strength

  • 374 men were paid by the town 2))

See Also

1) R. Cotton: Barnstaple and the northern part of Devonshire during the great civil war, 1642-1646 (1889) pp 277-8
2) R. Cotton: Barnstaple and the northern part of Devonshire during the great civil war, 1642-1646 (1889