Colonel Charles Jennings' Regiment of Foot

Active1643 to 1646
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelCharles Jennings
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Field ArmiesGrenville 1645

Royalist West Country regiment of foot serving at the siege of Plymouth

Service History


  • December: Siege of Plymouth, Jennings Captain of Mount Stamford fort



  • May: Siege of Plymouth


  • March to August: Besieged at Pendennis Castle


See also Colonel Ambrose Jennings’ Regiment of Foot, may well be related.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Charles Jennings

Charles Jennings was in Pendennis Castle at its surrender where his rank was cited as Colonel. Captain Blake surrendered at Pendennis too.

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel Charles Jennings
  • Lieutenant Colonel John Newton (3) + ment. I.O.
  • Captain John Blake I.O. Cornwall
  • Captain John Blake I.O. L + W
  • Captain Charles Jennings (1)
  • Ensign Gilbert Newton (2) + (3) + I.O. Devon to Lt. Col. Newton
  • Quartermaster Andrew Willoughby I.O. Cornwall

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642


E.34.16 A letter of Charles Jennings

(1) Plymouth

E.78.15 The Weekly Account 6-13.12.1643 Extract relating to Plymouth

‘We understand from thence, Colonel Wardlaw Governor of the said Towne, have seized upon the persons of Sir Shilston Calmady, and Master Francis, who the last yeare was Mayor of the said Towne, and five others were in consultation to surrender the town to the cavaliers, who are committed all unto safe custody, because they have broken their own order, which order was, that none should hold any correspondence with the enemy without the generall consent of the towne, which if they were so treacherous as to doe, they should be taken for generall enemies to the State. The Governor it seems knew not what their intents were, but hearing they were suspiciously assembled together he came in upon them, and misdoubting that all things were not fairly carried he searched them, and found letters of treaty with one Charles Jennings, a Londoner, who is now Captain of Mount Stamford, a place which some three weeks since (we informed you) was taken by the cavaliers, the said Jenning alledging that he hath a Commission from the Great Seal at Oxford to treat with the towne, and to assure them of a good condition, if they will submit unto his Majesty…’



It is ordered, and Col:Jenens, Leut. General Buchley and Maior Brittayne are hereby desired and appointed to view all the horses within this Garrison and that they take particular notice of all such horses as are fit to be killed for beefe, for provisions for the Garrison, and that they give an account of theire doeings herein tomorrow at two of the clock in the after noone unto the Governor and Councell.

John Arundle Governor of Pendennis

(2) Gilbert Newton

Add. Mss 33590 Gilb. Newton incorrectly published in 1663 list as Gild. Younger brother of Lieutenant Colonel John Newton.

(3) Lt Col John Newton

Devon Record Office P5180321 1392M/L1645/9 Extract Such complaynts availe nothing To the Worshipful Captaine John Seymour at the Prosperous at Totnes

Sir I am warned by the Constable to appeare or send you a horse compleatly armed or 15 li …. my eldest sonne is a Lieutenant Colonell before Plymouth, and hath had of me 8 musketts to arme his men withal, and is to arme them all, and is not able to subsyst without more, my second sonne is Captayne of the County Horse, and had a warrant from Sir Richard Grenfeild for the raysing of them; he hath of me 31 horses compleatly armed (and tells me he will not spare any) which men and horses are now in his Majesties service, besides my suffereings under the ??? to N 1000 li losse; my weekly and marshall rates and other accompts to 60 li and more, my third sonne is now to be ensigne to his brother

this 22th of Maye 1645

Depositions against Lt Col Newton


Deposition of witnesses before the Committee for Sequestrations at Exon the 8th day of May 1651 on the behalfe of the Comon Wealth against Mr John Newton of Dipford touching his delinquency.

Mr Thomas Rose of Plimpton in the County of Devon sworne saith that he hath knowne the said Mr John Newton of Dipford about seaven yeares, who was in the tyme of the late warrs a Lieutenant Collonell of a foote company who commanded for the King and was very vyolent & active in the said service against the parlyament and did lye with his company in siedge against plymouth & in the towne of plympton neere two yeares.

Nicholas Bastard of Dipford sworne saith that the said Mr John Newton was in the tyme of the late warr a Lieutenant Collonell of a foote company who laye in Plympton with his said company and commanded for the King and was very vyolent and active in the service against the Parlyament and further saith that the said Mr Newton lay in siege against Plymouth about a yeare: and from thence removed and went into Cornewall.

John Dintch of Dipford sworne saith that in the tyme of the late warrs the said Mr John Newton was a Lieut. Collonell of a foot company for the King & lay in siedge against plymouth and further saith, that he was a souldier unto the said Newton who left the service and went into plymouth, and that the said Newton was vyolent & active against the parlyament.

Long letter of his E.34.16 but of no consequence.May be worth copying.


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