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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

ConflictsFirst Civil War
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


  • December: Skirmish at Torrington


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


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



Notable Officers

Sir Lewis Pollard

Sir Samuel Rolle

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 Richard Stephens (01/07/44 - 01/12/44) (N.A. SP28/39/200)
  • Major Richard Harris (01/07/44 - 02/11/44)
  • Captain Robert Bennett (1643. later Colonel of Foot)


  • 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