Colonel John Moore’s Regiment of Foot

Active1646 to 1650
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
ColonelJohn Moore
John Blagrave
Area RaisedLancashire
Coat ColourRed?
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesJones 1647-9

Later Colonel John Blagrave’s Regiment of Foot

Regiment of Foot raised in Lancashire and serving in Ireland with the forces of Michael Jones

Service History


  • July: Moore contracted to raise a regiment of foot for service in Ireland
  • September: Shipped from Liverpool but denied entry to Dublin
  • Land at Lecale


  • March: Mustered at Lecale
  • April: Garrison Dundalk
  • August: Battle of Dungan’s Hill
  • October: Storm of Portlester


  • Garrison of Dundalk


  • July: Moore brings new recruits from England
  • August: Battle of Rathmines?


  • May: Moore dies at Dublin, the regiment passes to Blagrave
  • Reduced towards the end of the year


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

The regiment were formed in 1646 in Lancashire. Denied entry to Dublin they landed at Lecale, where they spent the winter before marching south to garrison Dundalk. In 1647 they formed part of the forces of Michael Jones, fighting at Dungan’s Hill and Portlester. The regiment then returned to Dundalk. In 1649 Moore fought at the battle of Rathmines. Moore died in 1650 and the John Blagrave was promoted to Colonel but the regiment was likely disbanded by the end of the year.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

John Moore

John Moore of Banckhall (1599-1650) had served as governor of Liverpool in the First Civil War, notably resisting Prince Rupert’s attack for five days during the York March and raised his own regiment of foot for Parliament, though gave it up at the Self Denying Ordinance.

John Blagrave

Served as Lieutenant Colonel under Moore in Ireland and briefly commanded the regiment after Moore’s death.

Officer List

March 1647

Colonell Moore's regiment mustered at Lecale1).

  • colonell's company, 60;
  • leuitenant colonell, 34;
  • sargeant-major, 15 ;
  • Sir Walsingham Cooke, 70;
  • Captain Greene, 32 ;
  • Captain Kinard, 100 ;
  • Captain Mullineux, 56 ;
  • Captain Crosse, 25 ;
  • Captain Higginbothom, 29 ;
  • Captain Arundell, 75.


  • March 1647: 496 men

See Also

1) Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fourteenth Report, Appendix, Part VII, The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde, p198