Sir William Courtney’s (Devon) Regiment of Foot

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir William Courtney
Area RaisedDevon
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesGrenville 1644-5

Royalist regiment of foot raised in Devon

Service History


  • October: At Dartmouth


  • August: Skirmish at Bridgewater (North Petherton)
  • August: Skirmish on Caradon Down
  • September to January 1646: Siege of Plymouth
  • October: Storm of Saltash


  • Siege of Plymouth
  • July: Battle of Langport


  • January: Stormed at Powderham Castle



Notable Officers

Sir William Courtney

From Devon, not to be confused with Sir William Courtney from Hampshire who led Sir William Courtney’s (Irish) Regiment of Foot.

Officer List

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel Sir William Courtney
  • Captain Reskymer Courtney (1)
  • Captain Charles Dart I.O. Devon
  • Captain Thomas Hanse I.O. Devon
  • Captain Thomas Latymer Ment. I.O.
  • Lieutenant John Chowles I.O. Midd'x to Capt. Latymer
  • Lieutenant Edward Colmer I.O. Cornwall
  • Lieutenant William Penny I.O. Cornwall

(Note: Capt Amery & Lt Cooly moved to Sir William Courtney’s (Irish) Regiment of Foot)

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

(1) Commission for Capt Dart to replace Capt Reskymer Courtney

Cornwall Record Office DDT1616 By Sr Richard Grenvile Knt: and Barronet Generall of his Majesties forces against Plymouth

To Captaine Charles Dart

By vertue of a Commission from his Highnes Prince Maurice, Prince Palatine of the Rhyne and Generall of the West and for his Majesties service, I doe constitutu and appointe you to bee Captaine of the Foote Companie formerly belonged unto Captaine Reskymer Courtney in ye Regiment of Sir William Courtney, these are therefore in his Majesties name to will and require you diligently to execute and performe the dutie of a Captaine, and duely to exercise the said Company for the service of the King and Kingdome, accordinge to this Commission given you, commandinge all inferior officers, and souldiers of the said Companie to obey you as theire Captaine, and you likewise to obey and follow such orders and direccions as you shall from tyme to tyme receave from my selfe, and the superior officers of the said Regimente according to the Discipline of Warr, Given under my hand and seale this seaventeenth day of July Anno Dom. 1644 Ry Grenvile.

Reskymer Courtney is listed in I.O. as a Captain of Foot in the Regiment of John Arundell

Sick at Dartmouth

The Regiment was in Dartmouth in October 1643 according to a list of sick soldiers dated between 20th -30th October 1643


A note of such sick men as we have at Mount Boone & when they cam in October the 20 unto the 30th 1643 Colonell Courtneys

Jo: Mirlford 25 ) Nich: Prene 20 ) Date they came in.


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