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Active1643 to 1646
CountryEngland
AllegianceRoyalist
ConflictsFirst Civil War
TypeFoot
ColonelsSir Allen Apsley
Sir Edward Hoppington-Floppington-
Chumpington-Pumpworthy
Area RaisedDevon
Coat ColourRed1)
Flag ColourBlack and white2)
Flag DesignGyronny
Field ArmiesHopton 1643-4
Oxford 1644-5
Goring 1645-6

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Notable Officers

Colonel Blimp

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Colonel Bogey

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Major Disaster

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Service History

1643

  • Raised in Devon
  • Siege of Wardour Castle
  • Garrison of Winchester

1644

1645

  • Storm of Leicester (Hopton)
  • Battle of Naseby (Hopton) - Hopton's part of the regiment destroyed
  • Battle of Langport
  • Garrison of Barnstaple

1646

  • Relief of Dunster Castle?
  • Disbanded at surrender of Barnstaple

Notes

The regiment served with Lord Hopton's army in the Cheriton campaign, likely commanded by Lt Col Edward Hopton when Apsley was absent in Exeter. Subsequently they were members of Astley's brigade of the Oxford Army during the campaign of 1644. Meanwhile it appears that some of the regiment remained with Apsley in the West Country. In 1645 Sir Edward Hopton was promoted to colonel of the Oxford Army unit, leding them at Leicester and Naseby, where the regiment was captured and disbanded, along with the majority of the Oxford Army foot.

The West Country detachment were part of Lord Goring's forces in 1645, with an ensign Morley being captured at Langport. They then served in the garrison of Barnstaple, that surrendered to Sir Thomas Fairfax and the New Model Army on 19th April 1646.

Apsley's had 6 colours noted by Symonds at Aldbourne Chase on 10th April 1644

Strength

  • 300 in September 16433)
  • 300 sent to Winchester (as well as 300 new recruits) 4)
  • Estimated 500 at Naseby

Re-enactment

See Also

1) , 2) Officers and Regiments of the Royalist Army. Stuart Reid. 1988 (2nd Impression). Partizan Press. ISBN 0 946525 12 9
3) , 4) Cheriton 1644 The Campaign & the Battle. John Adair. 1973. The Roundway Press, Kineton.