Colonel Robert Saunders’ Regiment of Foot

Active1650 to 1653
ConflictsIrish Confederate War
ColonelRobert Saunders
Area RaisedEngland
Coat ColourRed?
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field Armies

Commonwealth regiment of foot serving in Ireland

Service History


  • Saunders contracted to raise a regiment of 1200 men in England for Irish service


  • Saunders appointed governor of Youghal



  • August: Disbanded


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 1650 in England by Saunders. They were soon shipped to Ireland, and likely formed the garrison of Youghal, where Saunders was governor. The regiment was disbanded in 1653.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Robert Saunders

Saunders had served as Major of Colonel Robert Hammond’s Regiment of Foot of the New Model Army and as Lieutenant Colonel under Ewer.

Officer List

The following officers were made freemen of the city of Cork 25/02/51 alongside Col. Saunders and may be of his Regiment.1)

  • Major Robert Cubbidge
  • Captain John Penifether
  • Captain Robert Levett


  • 1650: 1200 authorised

See Also

1) Richard Caulfield “The Council Book of the Corporation of Youghal” (1878) p285