Colonel Richard Graves’ Regiment of Foot

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelRichard Graves
Area RaisedMidlands
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Parliamentarian Regiment of Foot in garrison at Lichfield

Service History


  • Graves commissioned Colonel
  • April: Stormed at Birmingham (det of 140 musketeers)
  • April: Besieged at Lichfield
  • April: March out to Coventry after surrender of Lichfield


At Lichfield Graves appears to be subordinate to Colonel Russell, perhaps of the late Lord Brooke’s (Midland Association) Regiment of Foot.


Notable Officers

Colonel Richard Graves

Richard Graves (or Greaves, Grevis, Grevys, Greves etc) was son of Sir Richard Greves of the parish of Moseley at King's Norton. He was commissioned colonel in 1643 and led a regiment of foot and a Regiment of Horse in the Midlands, that were likely dispersed after his garrisons at Birmingham and Lichfield were stormed by Prince Rupert. By the winter of 1643 he had joined the Earl of Essex’s Regiment of Horse and made Lieutenant Colonel. When Essex's horse were converted to a New Model Army regiment, Colonel Richard Graves’ Regiment of Horse he was promoted to Colonel again. Graves, being a Presbyterian, supported Parliament over the Army in 1647, resulting in his replacement by Scroope.


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