Major General Christopher Potley’s Regiment of Foot

Active1643 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelChristopher Potley
David Leighton
Sir Hardress Waller
Area Raised
Coat ColourYellow?
Flag ColourBlack??
Flag Design
Field ArmiesWaller

Later Colonel David Leighton’s, then Sir Hardress Waller’s Regiment of Foot

Parliamentarian regiment of foot serving with Waller’s army of the Southern Association

Service History


  • August: Commissioned to be raised
  • December: Storm of Alton Church?
  • December to January 1644: Siege of Arundel


  • March: Battle of Cheriton
  • June: Siege of Sudely Castle
  • June: Battle of Cropredy Bridge
  • August: Siege of Wareham
  • July to November: Siege of Donnington Castle
  • September to December: Besieged at Taunton


  • April to May: Besieged at Taunton?
  • The regiment enters the New Model Army as Sir Hardress Waller’s Regiment of Foot
  • July: Greycoats of 'Col Morley's, and Col Leyton's' put into Hardress Waller's regiment.


Flags and Coats

Possibly yellow coats, a reference to yellowcoats of Waller's army could refer to Potley's or Sir William Waller's own regiment of foot. In the New Model Army they carried black flags and might possibly have done so prior to New Modelling.

Interestingly, they appear to have worn grey coats in 1645, though this does not mean that they necessarily did in 1644. The Gray Coates of Col. Morleyes, and Col. Leytons are put in Col. Pickerings and Col. Wallers Regiments. (E293.23) The Moderate Intelligencer Thursday July 17th-Thursday July 25th 1645. Whether the grey coats refers to just Morley's or both regiments is unclear.

Notable Officers

A list of officers is shown in Laurence Spring's Waller's Army, The Regiments of Sir William Waller's Southern Association The Pike and Shot Association 2007 ISBN 978-1-902768-34-2

Major General Christopher Potley

Potley had previously fought in the Swedish army.

Colonel David Leighton

Sir Hardress Waller


  • March 1644: At least 4 companies at Cheriton

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