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Sir Edward Norris’ Regiment of Foot

Active1642 to 1643
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir Edward Norris
Area RaisedLancashire?
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Field ArmiesGarrison

Royalist regiment of foot of Derby's forces in garrison at Warrington in Cheshire

Service History


  • December: One company at Wigan, two at Warrington


  • In garrison at Liverpool?
  • April: Defence of Warrington
  • May: Besieged at Warrington


30th December 1642 Capt Barrow and his Company were at Wigan 1) while Capt. Ashton and 2 Welsh Companies were already in Warrington. The Town was assaulted 1st April 1643 2) but the defenders repulsed the attack. The Town was placed under siege from 23/24th May and the Church and steeple taken 26th May. The Town surrendered on terms 28th May 1643

Coats, Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

Sir Edward Norris

Of Speke, Liverpool during the Civil War states that Colonel Norris of Speke was Governor of the Castle of Liverpool and later the Town until April 1643. Made Freeman of Liverpool 21st April 1643. He was also Governor of Warrington.

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user '1642'

  • Colonel Sir Edward Norris
  • Captain Ashton (1)
  • Captain Hugh Barrow (1)
  • Captain John Lancaster (I.O. Lancaster)
  • Captain Henry Vaughan (D.M.S. TUCKER)
  • Possible Welsh Captains under Norris
  • Captain Gregory Cromwell
  • Captain John Doulben
  • Possibly Lieutenant Penketh

Contemporary References

Warrington in Lancashire Warr

Lancashire Warr p.31 ‘Warrington the Earle did Garrison for the King, strongly fortifying it with Gates Mounts and an Engine devised and placed upon the Bridge to stop the passage over it. And not long from the time that Wiggon was assaulted and taken, the Forces of Manchester were designed to march thither and make an assault against it to try the strength thereof. And so marching thitherward upon the south side of the River Mersey they crossed it about Hollinfair Marching up to Warrington by the Church made a strong assault against it scalled some of the workes about it; but the souldiers within defending it with Manhood and great valour they were at the last forced off and returne home againe with the loss of some of their souldiers.'

Warrington Parish Register

(1) Warrington Parish Register AC.8088/61 1933

  • Burial (A Souldier a stranger his name not known slayne at Sankie) 16.5.1642*
  • Burial (A souldier a stranger his name not known) 26 5.1642
  • Burial John Effines a souldier a Welshman 18.1.1642/3
  • Burial John Gore a souldier 9.3.1642/3
  • Burial Richard Farnworth (a souldier born at Wigan) 4.4.1643
  • Burial Thos. Abot (A souldier to Capt. Ashton) 6.4.1643
  • Burial William Smith (a souldier) 7.4.1643
  • Burial John Watson (A souldier to Capt. Barrow) 15.4.1643
  • Burial Hamlet Hey (A souldier under Capt. Ashton) 21.4.1643
  • Burial John Roanes (A souldier under Capt. Ashton) 2.5.1643
  • Burial William Knowles (A souldier to Capt. Ashton) 10.5.1643
  • Burial Peeter Hatton (Souldier to Capt. Barrow) 9.6.1643

Thereafter the burials relate to Parliamentary soldiers under Col. John Booth and Col. Edgerton

* Possibly the first recorded soldiers death of the war which if so, ironically seems to have occurred at an unknown conflict.

The following examinations relating to the delinquency of Christopher Anderton of Lostock shed some light on Captain Hugh Barrows Company.

SP23.63.462 Peter Brooke of Bolton in ye County of Lancashire,husbandman,sworne and examined saith that the examinant and diverse other souldiers under Captaine Barrow,a Captaine under the Earle of Darby presently after the battle at Westhaughton Common in the yeare 1642 were plaiced by their said Captaine Barrow in Mr Andertons house at Lostocke and they stayed about a weeke.

SP23.63.463 Thomas Carlisle of Horwich in ye County of Lancashire,husbandman examined saith that about ye month of December 1642 this examinant being a soldier under Captaine Barrow a Captaine under the Earle of Darby he saw Christopher Anderton of Lostock Esquire in ye Garrison at Wigan where the said Christopher Anderton then lay there and being then a garrison for the Kings partie and the towne of Bolton being then a garrison for ye Parliament ye said Mr Andertons house at Lostock being nearer Bolton than Wigan and saith that the same tyme Captaine Barrowes Company was drawne up to Westhaughton Common ye Earle of Darby going up the said Mr Anderton being with him and diverse other Gentlemen,and ye said Company being then divided,ye one halfe was sente to Mr Andertons house at Lostock and the other to Mr Raph Worthingtons house at Sendle.

To the constables of Southworth Middleton Arbury and Croft. Mind to bringe in noe bread but wheate or meale instead thereof and peas.

Thees are in his Majesties name straitly to charge and command that imprimis upon receipt hereof you make diligent search within your constablerie for provision of victuals and oates and hay for the armie here and the same forthwith to bring or cause to be brought unto this towne of Warrington for releefe of the souldiers and storeinge the same towne in case anie siege be laid therunto by the enemie and hereof faile not at your perill. Given under my hand this third day of May anno Domini 1643 E.Norris

Quite a few years ago I made arrangements with Wigan Archive service to see certain documents from the Anderton Papers and upon my arrival a week later none of the documents that I'd requested could be found.

I checked other related documents but really it was mostly a wasted journey and the following day I returned to Kent.

I received a phone call the following week from the Archivist who rather embarrassed said that he'd taken them out in readiness following my phone call the previous week and put them to one side and totally forgot. He kindly photocopied them and posted them to me.

D/D An/Bundle 16/3a Creation dates: December 23rd, 1642


At Wigan Leigh to be kept with 20 men and two horses. There is already in Leigh 20 men arived, victualls for 8 days 12li in money, viz, 10d a peece to the 20 men and 40s for the Lieftennant and 2 Dragooners appointed to go thither this day. (Cancelled paragraph, substance repeated later) At Warrington 300 men whereof the 2 Welch companies to be parte. That a letter be written to the Gouvernr that Armes be put to those of the Welch wch are at wante, that his owne company be made up and furnished with armes where defective (?) and that Captaine Ashton's Company be alsoe armed, that in those 4 Companies there may be 300 men armed as aforesaid. That armes be taken from such as doe not appear to doe service to furnishe these Defectives, wh is geeven in chardge to Mr Ogle.

VARIATION OF THE ABOVE. Capt. Chisnall waites my Lo: (genera)ll (hole in paper). At Leigh: Capt. Ogle. Capt. Tarbocke. Capt. Slater. Capt. Halsall. Tho: Lathome and Burgrove men. At Chowbent: Capt. Stevenson Capt. Marshall Sir William Gerrard and Mr. Eccleston's men. (At Ashton and thereabouts) Barrowe at Sendle ? (mutilated.) Penketh at LostocK (mutilated) Perhaps Penketh was Barrows Lieutenant Captain Salvin (at Wigan).

30th December 1642 Capt Barrow and his Company were at Wigan(2) while Capt. Ashton and 2 Welsh Companies were already in Warrington. The Town was assaulted 1st April 1643 (3) but the defenders repulsed the attack.

The Town was placed under siege from 23/24th May and the Church and steeple taken 26th May. The Town surrendered on terms 28 th May 1643


See Also

1) Anderton Papers D/D AN/Bundle 16/23
2) Valley of Achor