Sir Conyers Darcy’s Regiment of Foot

Flag Illustration1)
Active1643 to 1646
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir Conyers Darcy
Marmaduke Darcy
Area RaisedYorkshire
Coat ColourBlue
Flag ColourBlue
Flag DesignCinquefoils
Field ArmiesNewcastle 1643
Oxford 1643

Later Colonel Marmaduke Darcy’s Regiment of Foot

Royalist regiment of foot serving in the North and with the Oxford Army

Service History


  • March to April: Siege of Thornton
  • April: Skirmish at Skipton?
  • May: Stormed at Wakefield
  • 4th June 1643: Queen's Magazine Escort
  • June: Storm of Burton on Trent
  • 3rd August to 5th September: Siege of Gloucester
  • September: First Battle of Newbury. Byron's Brigade.


  • December to March 1645: Besieged at Pontefract?


  • November to May 1646: Besieged in Newark


  • May: Surrender of Newark


Conyers Lord Darcy and Conyers was Colonel of Conyers Lord Darcy and Conyers’ Yorkshire Trained Band Regiment of Foot. His eldest son Sir Conyers Darcy, led a blue-coated regiment of foot to join the Oxford Army in 1643 and was severely wounded at First Newbury though he survived. Command passed to his brother, Marmaduke Darcy.

Captains Grant and Henry Darcy apparently led some dragoons in 1642 while raising the Trained Bands of behalf of the Earl of Cumberland.

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Blue coats and blue flags with white cinquefoils in 16432). Equipped with matchlock muskets going by issues.

Notable Officers

Sir Conyers Darcy

Colonel Marmaduke Darcy

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge, aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel Conyers Darcy (1)
  • Lieutenant Colonel John Dalton Ment. I.O.
  • Sargeant Major Marmaduke Darcy Ment. I.O.
  • Captain Ralph Atkinson I.O. Yorks.
  • Captain Beverley Ment. I.O.
  • Captain Christopher Crofts I.O. Yorks.
  • Captain Henry Darcy (5)
  • Captain Thomas Darcy Ment. I.O.
  • Captain Christopher Grant (2) + (5)
  • Captain Matthew Hutton (YORKSHIRE VISITATIONS CHECK)
  • Captain Thomas Metcalf (4) + ment. I.O.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Conyers I.O. Yorks. to Lt. Col. Dalton
  • Lieutenant Francis Jacques (3) + I.O. Yorks. to Sgnt. Maj. Darcy
  • Lieutenant John Robinson I.O. Yorks. to Capt. Beverley
  • Ensign William Bearpark I.O. Yorks. to Capt. Metcalf
  • Ensign Robert Pattison I.O. Ommitted to Lt. Col. Dalton Westmorland
  • Ensign Christopher Pybus I.O. Yorks. to Capt. Beverley
  • Ensign Luke Thompson I.O. Yorks. to Capt. Darcy
  • Ensign John Wright I.O. Yorks.
  • Rank unknown Richard Atkinson (6)

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge, aka BCW user 1642

(6) Stores

WO.55.459.438 3rd September 1643

Received out of his Majesties stores for the use of Colonel Darcy according to the warrant herein written

  • Powder 1 cwt
  • Match 1
  • Muskett shott 1

Rec. by mee Ric: Atkinson

Also 24.7.1643 Col. Darcy & Blackwells rgiments Captain Thomas Metcalfe 300lb of Powder & Match

(1) Conyers Darcy

Died 3.7.1687 aged 73 buried in St. Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle an Alms Knight of Windsor Castle.


Stratologia by Andrew Cooper 1660.

‘In Richmond-Shire the noble Darcy had A gallant Regiment in blew Coats clad; Under blew Colours raised for the King, Which Regiment he doth to Skipton bring, With these conjoyn’d ,’gainst Thornton hall we go, Make an attempt out thence to beat the foe, But neither House, nor Barns, scarce once hit were, At twentie shots by our blinde Cannoniere; Whilst some Dragoons alight on foot to play, Some of our Horse the foes had stoln away; Only some Barns we at this bout did fire, And thence for Skipton with some loss retire. To Thornton Hall, that Country that lay near’

As with her Traine the Queen lat Southward went, Bravely she had regain’d Burton upon Trent, Of Darcys Blew Coats some the River wade, Whilst that their Collonel had his entrance made, Upon the Bridge their Cannon leapt upon This is the Kings, said he, thence nobly on His men he leads into the very Town, Their Rampiers and their Bulwarks all thrown down, Many of the Defendants there do dye, And Burton taken by their Gallantry.

(2) Capt Grant

Oxford Record Office Parish Register St. Thomas Oxford Burials.

22.8.1643 Captain Christopher Grant of Roxley under Col. Darcys Regiment

(3) Tools

WO55.1661.383 11. August 1643 dd to Francis Jacques Leftennant to Sariente Maior Darcy by the Lord Generalls command

Shovels and spades 24

Pickaxes 13

Rec'd by me Francis Jacques

(4) Capt Metcalfe


To the Committee for Compounding with Delinquents sitting at Goldsmiths Hall Gentlemen,

In pursuance of your order of the seaventh of Aprill, which wee received the 12th of May followinge, wee certifie that Thomas Metcalfe esq., in the beginninge of there warres tooke up armes against the Parliament, and was Captaine over a foote company under Colonell Darcy but came in before Yorke leaguer.

His estate in this County hath bin formerly worth four score poundes paid and lyeth in Louth parte and Keddington. Out of which is paid to the King for a water mill yearely 4 li. 00.00

Willm: Disney, Tho: Lister, Jo: Archer, Will: Bury, J:Walcott

SP23.191.395 To the Committee for Compounding with Delinquents sitting at Goldsmiths Hall Gentlemen,

Im answear to a letter of yours for certifieing the Crymes & estate of Tho: Metcalfe of Bellaryby Esqr, we have endeavoured to informe ourselves therein, the best we can, and doe certify that in the beginning of these troubles hee tooke upon him the Command of a foote companie under Colonell Darcy and continued in the Kings service until September 1643, at which time he gave over that service, and since hath lived quietly at home. And that he hath an estate of inheritance at Bellarby worth in the best times three score poundes p. anno, all which we humbly certifie. He hath not taken either the Covenant or the negative oath here, but afirms he took it at London.

Yorke 11th June 1646

Your affectionate & ready friends to serve you. Jo: Bourchier vic:, Rich: Darlie, Bar: Bourchier, George Trotter

(5) Trained Bands

.120.128 extract P8180062

1. That when the Earle of Cumberland did endeavour to raise the Traine Bands of Richmondshire, that the said Mr Dodsworth & his sonne did appeare at Bedall in October 1642 with diverse armed men & did there ioyne with the Lord Loftus & other Gent. of the Country in opposing Captain Henry Darcy and Captain Grant who were sent from the said Earle with two Troops of Dragoones to force up the said Traine Bands.

2. That the said Mr Dodsworth did goe presently after that meeting at Bedall (at the entreaty of the gent) to Hull to Sir John Hotham to procure Armes & Amunition for arming and furnishing the well affected for opposing the Kings party.

The 'fall' of Newark


30th March 1646

'John Bellasyse Sir Robert Dallison and Colonel Darsy were on foote betwixt the workes and the sconce, wherewith some others they in flight fell into a ditch in the Towne graffe, where his lordship steeped in mud, so dirty he was scarce known, ditches have been fatal to Newark Governors, when C. Rossiter routed {Sir Richard} Byron, he lost his periwig in the ditch he fell into, which he went {in} a Cavalier but (seeming a convert) came out a roundhead.

{ = My insertion (VJ)

Lt Col Dalton

Lieutenant Colonel John Dalton of Hawkeswell was wounded at Burton on Trent 4th July 1643 and died of his lingering wounds 1 year later in York.


See Also

1) Flag image by kind permission of Wargames Designs
2) Original research by Victor Judge, aka BCW user 1642