Colonel Thomas Blagge’s Regiment of Foot

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelThomas Blagge
Area Raised
Coat ColourUnknown
Flag ColourBlack??
Flag Design
Field ArmiesOxford

Royalist regiment of foot of the Oxford Army, later in garrison at Wallingford

Service History


  • October: Quartered at Claverley, Shropshire
  • 23rd October: Battle of Edgehill
  • 12th November: Storm of Brentford
  • November: Taking of Syon House
  • 13th November: Standoff at Turnham Green
  • 5th December: Storm of Marlborough
  • 9th December: Garrison of Wallingford


  • 20th September: First Battle of Newbury


  • June: Battle of Cropredy Bridge
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • September: Relief of Basing House (det of 60 musketeers)
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury


  • January: Skirmish at Long Crendon?


  • May to July: Besieged at Wallingford
  • July 27th: Disbanded at the surrender of Wallingford


A history of the regiment is available online at Earl Rivers Regiment of Foote website.

Coats, Flags & Equipment

The uniform colour of the Regiment is unknown but from the following note at Oxford dated January 1642(3) they were the same colour as Earl Rivers’ Regiment of Foot :- Whereas there are now making at Wallingford diverse suits of clothes towards the clothing of the Garrison, that the Governor there should cause equal distribution to be made such clothes between his own and the Earl Rivers Regiment proportionately according to the strength and number of each Regiment.1)

Just possibly black flags, if the regiment that Samuel Luke (the Parliamentarian scoutmaster) noted was Blagge's. Samuel Lukes Journal 20 or 22 June 1643 A Regiment of Foot with Black Colours marched out of Oxford yesterday to Wallingford Alternatively this might have been Earl River's regiment that is known to have flown black flags, both were in garrison at Wallingford at this time.

Equipped with matchlock muskets

Notable Officers

Thomas Blagge

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel Thomas Blagge
  • Lieutenant Colonel Sir William Lower Ment. I.O.
  • Sargeant Majo
  • Captain John Barber (8) + I.O. Suffolk
  • Captain Thomas Bayly Ment. I.O.
  • Captain Thomas Blagge (6)
  • Captain Robert Cave (9)
  • Captain Chester (5)
  • Captain Thomas Clark Ment. I.O.
  • Captain Dun Ment. I.O.
  • Captain Bernard de Gomme (2) + ment. I.O.
  • Captain John Snelling I.O. Suffolk
  • Captain Taylor (2)
  • Captain Cromwell West I.O. Berks.
  • Captain Richard West (3) + (4)
  • Captain Wharton Ment. I.O.
  • Lieutenant Philip Anderkin I.O. L + W to Capt. Wharton
  • Lieutenant Jasper Brydon (7) + I.O. Suffolk to Capt. Clark
  • Lieutenant John Demaret I.O. L + W to Lt. Col. Lower
  • Lieutenant Ralph Dinsdale I.O. Yorks. to Capt. Dun
  • Lieutenant Edward Evans (1)
  • Lieutenant Thomas Londall I.O. Suffolk to Capt Bayly
  • Lieutenant Thomas Lowdall (6)
  • Lieutenant Peter Lugge I.O. L + W
  • Lieutenant John Welham I.O. Suffolk to Capt. de Gomme
  • Ensign Richard Freeman I.O. Berks.
  • Ensign Gregory Grainger (5) to Capt. Chester
  • Ensign Thomas Naylor I.O. L + E
  • Samuel Gooch (4) (rank unknown)

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

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642


(1) WO55.423.14/15 1. November 1642 Received out of his Majesties magazine for the use of Coll. Blagges Regiment

  • Powder 150lb
  • match 150lb
  • Muskett shott 150lb

Edward Evans Lueitenant

De Gomme & Taylor

(2) Sussex Record Office. Add. Mss. 487

To De Gomme and Taylor to raised 2 Companies £100.00 no date.

Wilson's Petition

(3) West Yorkshire Archive Service QS1/13/4/6/5 Pontefract 1674 Petition of Christopher Wilson of Reedness A soldier under the command of Captain Richard West, eldest Captain in Colonel Blagges Regiment. Served from Nottingham to Oxford and Wallingford. Lost an eye at Reading.

Possibly the same man as

PRO/31/1/7 To Marquess of Ormonde Dublin Charles R

Right trusty and entirely beloved Cousin & Councellor wee greet you well. Wee have att the humble suite of Captaine Richard West bearer hereof given him a licence for a time to repaire into our Realme of Ireland to settle his affaires there, about his particular Estate. And forasmuch as he hath faithfully served us here:Wee are gratiously pleased to recommend him hereby to you for your countenance towards him, if he shall have occasion for it during his abode in Ireland. And so wee bid you heartily farewell. Given at our Court at Oxford the 4th day of November 1643.

By his Majesties command Edward Nicholas

WO55.458. Book 2 f.6 Wallingford Garrison powder for Capt. West. Signed Tho. Blagge 15.5.1643

Gooch's petition

(4) SP23.192.337 Extract.

The humble petition of Samuel Gooch of Bradfield in ye County of Suffolk Sheweth that your petitioner hath been in Armes against the Parliament and was in Wallingford Castle at the time of its surrender.

26th September 1646 Referred to the Sub Committee


(5) WO.55.423.122 Deliver to Ensign Gregory Grainger, Ensign to Capt. Chester at Wallingford. Musket shot 11.2.1642/3

Lowdall's Commission

(6) Harl. Mss.6804 f.151 Commission for Lieutenant Thomas Lowdall Lt. to Captain Thomas Blagge in Colonel Blagges Regiment. 28.5.1644

Brydon's petition

(7) SP23.195.758 Extract. The humble peticion of Jasper Brydon of Cambridge

Most humbly sheweth that your peticioner haveing been in actuall service in the Garrison of Wallingford against the honourable the high Courtt of Parliament and now comming in upon the Articles granted to the said Garrison desires to Compound for his delinquencie…

Accepted the 24. Novemb: 1646

Capt Barber

8) E.264.9 Capture of Captain Barber type as these are horse from Donnington and Wallingford.

Harl.Ms 4712 f 88 +89 Printed letter and Mss Letter about Captain Edmond Barber and the garrison of Wallingford 1646

Cave's Petition

(9) SP29.9.141 undated. Placed July 1660 in Calendar of State Papers. Extract of Caves petition to be a Poor Knight of Windsor Castle.

To the Kings most Excellent Majestie The humble petition of Robert Cave Sheweth

That your Petitioner is knowne to have alwaies adhered faithfully to your Majesties interests from the beginning of the late warr, adventuring his life and fortune in your service being Captaine of Horse in the Regiment of the Lord Shandois and under that his command received a shott in his left arme ever since loosing the use thereof, and afterwards was Captaine of Foot under Colonell Blake* at Wallingford, and in severall Engagements received many woundes, ever since hath undergon (for your Majesties interests) severall barbarous usages and imprisonments by the adverse party, and kept prisoner in the Tower (a eleavene months) by Baxter being tiraniousally debarr'd from all comfort, and this upon the accompt of Doctor Hewitts designe, and in great hazard of his life, and hath ever since in great want.

E.5.11 Blagge letter surrender of Wallingford.

SP29.361.110 His petition to Charles II for assistance stating that he served Charles I in the late unhappy wars and had a son at Eton intending to go on to Kings College, Cambridge.


See Also

1) Harl. Mss. 6852. f.95