Colonel William Eure’s Regiment of Foot

Flag Illustration1)
Active1643 to 1644
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelWilliam Eure
Area RaisedNorth
Coat Colour
Flag Colourwhite??
Flag Design
Field ArmiesOxford 1643-4

Royalist Regiment of Foot raised in the North, accompanied the Queen South to reinforce the Oxford Army

Service History


  • 4th June: Queens magazine escort.
  • July: Storm of Burton on Trent
  • 3rd August to 5th September: Siege of Gloucester
  • 20th September: First Battle of Newbury
  • December: Stormed at Alton Church? (det)


  • March: Battle of Cheriton (det)
  • April: Mustered at Aldbourne Chase
  • June: Battle of Cropredy Bridge
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury



A white flag with the a St George canton and Martin coat of arms (see Flag Illustration above) was captured by the Earl of Essex’s army sometime between Edgehill and Naseby. It has been attributed to this regiment as Lt Col William Martin was the highest ranking Martin known to have served in a Royalist foot regiment. Without further evidence, however, the assignment is rather tenuous. Carrying the full coat of arms on an ensign was frowned upon by heralds.

Notable Officers

Colonel William Eure

Eure seems to have returned north as he was was killed leading his Regiment of Horse at Marston Moor.

Lt Col William Martin

Colonel William Eures Regiment of Foot

Lieutenant Colonel William Martin

Sargeant Major Emanuel Gilby Ment. I.O.

Captain Thomas Barner Ment. I.O. Captain William Metcalfe I.O.Yorks. Captain John Plumpton (2) + ment. I.O. Captain Henry Pullen I.O. Yorks.

Lieutenant Thomas Ascough I.O. Yorks. to Sgnt. Maj. Gilby Lieutenant George Monkes (1)

Ensign Robert Benson I.O. Yorks. to Capt. Plumpton Ensign William Lightfoot I.O. Yorks. to Capt. Barner Ensign Robert Pullen I.O. Yorks. Ensign John Richardson I.O. Yorks.

Apparently Lt. Col. Martins Colour believed to be of this Regiment captured.Red. Turmile Mss.

Attribution unsure.

See C.C.C. 2565 William Martin of Yorkshire an Attorney in York at its surrender. Not entirely convinced.

Motto 'Vim Vi'

(1) WO55.458.18 26.7.1643 125lb Powder with match and musket shot to Lt.George Monkes.Signed Emanuel Gilby.

(2) SP23.172.341 CHECK

Dugdale Visitation of Yorkshire 1665

Johannes Plumpton,arm,lethaliter vulneratua in proalio de Marston Moore adversus rebelles fortissime dimicans obijt anno. 1644

Loosely translated

John Plumpton,arms bearer,mortally wounded fighting in the battle at Marston Moor against the rebels and left on the field in the year 1644.


  • April 1644: 64 at Reading
  • April 1644: At Aldbourne Chase mustered 3 Captains, 4 Lieutenants, 3 Ensigns, 3 Gentlemen, 5 Sergeants, 9 Corporals, 5 Drummers, 59 Soldiers 2)

See Also

1) Original artwork by Tony Barton, shown by kind permission of Tony Barton and Charles Kightly. Previously published in Military Modelling magazine
2) British Library Harleian ms 986.