Prince Rupert’s Lifeguard of Foot

Active1644 to 1646
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelPrince Rupert
Area Raised
Coat ColourRed
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesOxford 1645

Royalist unit of firelocks raised by Prince Rupert as his Lifeguard

Service History


  • Garrison of Shrewsbury?
  • Money raised at Bristol to pay Prince Rupert's Firelocks


  • January: Repulsed from Abingdon
  • May: Storm of Leicester
  • June: Battle of Naseby?
  • June: Besieged in Leicester?
  • August to September: Besieged at Bristol
  • November: Battle of Denbigh Green


  • March: Battle of Stow on the Wold
  • May to June: Besieged at Oxford


Irishmen from this unit were captured at Abingdon and executed by Browne. They were with the Oxford Army at the storm of Leicester, and were then either left in garrison or fought at Naseby.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Wore red coats 1) at the storm of Leicester. They were armed with firelock muskets.

Notable Officers

Prince Rupert


  • Probably a single company

See Also

1) Officers and Regiments of the Royalist Army Vol IV, Stuart Reid, 1988 (2nd Impression). Partizan Press.