Colonel Anthony Hungerford’s Regiment of Foot

Active1647 to 1649
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
ColonelAnthony Hungerford
Area RaisedShropshire
Coat ColourRed?
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesJones 1647

English regiment of foot serving under Michael Jones in Ireland, later in garrison at Drogheda

Service History


  • Regiment raised from disbanded men in Shropshire
  • April: Land in Ireland
  • May: Mustered at Dublin
  • August: Battle of Dungan’s Hill


  • May: Mustered at Drogheda


  • June to July: Besieged at Drogheda
  • July: Surrender at Drogheda, most change sides, remnants march to Dublin
  • August: Battle of Rathmines?
  • August: Disbanded by Cromwell’s order


A history of the regiment is given in The Regimental History of Cromwell's Army by Sir Charles Firth and Godfrey Davies, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1940.

Raised in Shropshire, likely including disbanded men from several Shropshire units, the regiment was sent to Ireland and served under Michael Jones at Dungan’s Hill. By 1648 they were in garrison at Drogheda and in 1649 were besieged there by Lord Inchiquin’s Royalists. On Inchiquin completing his battery, Lt Col Foulkes surrendered the town. Allegedly of the 700 foot and 250 horse present, no more than 100 foot and 35 horse marched out to Dublin, the remainder changing sides to Inchiquin. As the regiment was so depleted it was quickly disbanded in the August.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Anthony Hungerford

Anthony Hungerford previously served as a Captain in the Earl of Denbigh’s Regiment of Foot and as governor of Stoke-on-Tern in Shropshire. Exactly when he transferred to Colonel Humphrey Mackworth’s Regiment of Foot is currently unclear to me. He garrisoned Stokesay Castle from autumn 1645 and in summer 1646 was promoted Major of Mackworth's 'standing companies'. In 1647 he raised his Regiment of Foot from disbanded men in Shropshire and led them in Ireland. He was shot in the head at Dungan's Hill but survived, retiring to England. He was absent in England raising more recruits leaving Lt Col Foulkes as governor of Drogheda during the siege. He was planning to return to Ireland but the regiment was disbanded instead.

Officer List

April 1647

Mustered at Dublin1)

  • Colonel Anthony Hungerford
  • Lt Col. Fouks
  • Sgt Maj. William Aston
  • Capt. Humphrey Mackworth
  • Capt. Thomas Croxton
  • Capt. Myles Ashton
  • Capt. Joseph Foxe
  • Capt. Francis Haslam
  • Capt. Henrie Hunt


  • May 1647: 912 men, besides officers
  • May 1648: 783 men

See Also

1) Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde, p199-200