Colonel Edward Bisse’s Regiment

Active1643 to 1644
ConflictsFirst Civil War?
ColonelEdward Bisse
Area RaisedSomerset?
Coat Colour
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesHertford 1643?

Little-known regiment of Somerset Royalists

Service History


  • Raised in Somerset?


  • July: Disbanded in Somerset
  • August: Skirmish at Farrington Gurney


Appears to have included a company of foot and a troop of horse. Said to have served under Hertford, the regiment was disbanded during a re-organisation in July 1644. Bisse then seems to have led a unit of reformado horse that was captured at Farrington Gurney.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

A list of the regiment's officers is shown in Officers and Regiments of the Royalist Army by Stuart Reid (Partizan Press).

Edward Bisse

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Lieutenant Walter Swaine (1)
  • Cornet Walter Swayne (1)
  • Quartermaster William Massy (1)

also? (see below)

  • Captain Fitzherbert
  • Captain Boys
  • Captain John Blunt (1) (at Farington Gurney)
  • Captain Edward Davies (1) + Ment. I.O.
  • Captain John Hasset (1)
  • Captain James Kirton (1)
  • Lieutenant George Bingham (1) + I.O. Somerset
  • Lieutenant Edward Day (1)
  • Lieutenant Thomas Heath (1)
  • Lieutenant Thomas Kirton (1)

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

Farrington Gurney

E.254.28 Perfect occurrences of Parliament, and chief collections of letters 30th August-6th September 1644.

Saturday September 1st.

It was also certified the Generall Middleton was at Hunnington, with his Brigade, and hearing of a party of Colonell Bisses Reformadoes that were gotten into these parts, he sent out a party which took a Captain and some other Officers, with their Commissions some of them about them, and some letters that had passed between them and other Cavaliers; some money they had about them also which the souldiers had for pillage, and they were carried away prisoners.


All taken at Farrington Gurney in August 1644

Quarterted in Oxfordshire

(2) Harl. Mss. 6804 f.82 List of Horse quartered in Oxfordshire

  • Prince Ruperts
  • Sir Ralph Duttons
  • Col.Cook
  • Captain Bell
  • Captain Fitzherbert of Col. Bisses Regiment
  • Captain Boys of Bisses Regiment
  • Major Paulets troop of Sir Francis Hawleys Regiment.
  • Col. Tynt.
George Bisse

(3) SP23.167.511

To the right honorable the Commissioners sitting att Goldsmiths Hall for Compositions

Humblie certifieth, that Mr George Bisse of Spargrove in ye County of Somersett being about 18 yeares of age, was forced by his father Mr Edward Bisse who dyed in the yeare 1644 a Colonell for the King to take upp Armes under his said father, but as soone as his father dyed hee deserted that imployment and lived quietly at his mothers house. That about Octob: 1645 when the County of Somersett was reduced, hee repaired unto the Committee in the said County, and there tendred to take the Oath and Covenant, and to submitt to his Composition. Conceaving the said Committee had power to admitt him unto Composition, or to order the same; But the Committee put him off, and tould him that then they had no information or accusation against him, but willed him to come to them againe when their Officers had returned in an accusation against him, of which he should have tymely notice: That until March 1645(6) he receaved not summons from ye Committee. Att which tyme, as he was goeing unto the Committee through or neare ye Towne of Sherbourne, hee was taken upp by Colonell Sidnam's Troope of Horse and carryd unto Weymouth in the County of Dorsett and confessing hee had beene in Armes, hee was delivered over unto the Marshall and there kept close prisoner for 8 monethes, the Marshall taking course that (in regards hee was a stranger) noe man should come unto him to give notice of his imprisonment unto his freinds, but exacted from him very large summes foir his fees and dyett which caused the Marshall to keepe him close.

Att length there happened to come to that Towne, Colonell FitzJames, a kinsman of the said Mr Bisse, who by chance hearing of Mr Bisses imprisonment, came to him and gott him to be released; Which hardy imprisonment was an occasion that Mr Bisse upon hid discharge and coming home fell into a greate and dangerous feaver, of which hee did not recover untill now and therefore could not before this time, repaire unto the honorable Committee to make his Composition. All which is attested by

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One of the Committee of ye County of Somersett and present when Mr Bisse aforesaid rendred himselfe.


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