Colonel William Moore’s Regiment of Foot

Active1656 to 1658
ConflictsAnglo-Spanish War
ColonelWilliam Moore
Area RaisedCarrickfergus
Coat ColourRed
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesGarrison

Protectorate regiment of foot raised in Ireland and serving in the garrison of Jamaica

Service History


  • May: Moore ordered to raise a regiment of 600 for Jamaica in Ireland
  • October: Sail from Carrickfergus
  • December: Arrive at Jamaica
  • Garrison Jamaica


  • Moore arrives at Jamaica


  • August: Moore departs Jamiaca
  • Regiment 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

Moore’s regiment were raised in Ireland for service in the garrison of Jamaica. Six hundred men were shipped from Carrickfergus in October 1656. Moore, on board the Sapphire with 260 men, was driven back to Cork by a storm and didn’t arrive at Jamaica until the spring of 1657. Moore soon desired to return and the regiment was disbanded by 1658. Some soldiers likely reinforced other regiments of the Jamaica garrison, while others managed to get back to Ireland.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Presumably red coats.

Notable Officers

William Moore

Moore soon desired to return to Ireland from Jamaica, annoying his commander Maj Gen Brayne. After the Restoration he was involved in Colonel Blood’s plot, by 1665 he was said to be wandering Ireland in disguise.


  • May 1656: 600 ordered to be raised
  • October 1656: Sapphire with 260 men driven back to Cork
  • December 1656: 500 men reach Jamaica
  • October 1657: 160 men mustered

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