Colonel Richard Donnell’s Glamorgan Trained Band Regiment of Foot

Active1643 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelRichard Donnell
Area RaisedGlamorgan
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesOxford 1643?

Glamorgan Royalists in garrison at Swansea, perhaps a Trained Band

Service History


  • August to September: Siege of Gloucester?
  • September: First Battle of Newbury?


  • May: Advancing on Swansea
  • August: Loss of Swansea?


  • Garrison of Swansea


Currently unclear whether Donnell really commanded a Trained Band or whether this was a volunteer regiment. Also I doubt the unit's presence on the 1st Newbury campaign in 1643.


Notable Officers

Colonel Richard Donnell

Of Anglo-Irish extraction, he was appointed Governor of Swansea in 1645 and by 1647 was with Prince Rupert in France. In 1648 he returned to Wales and participated in Laugharne's and Poyer's rising1), ending up captured at Tenby.

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel Richard Donnell
  • Lieutenant Colonel Hungate
  • Sargeant Major Grenville Wyke
  • Captain Layson Evans I.O. Glamorgan
  • Captain John Morgan I.O. Glamorgan
  • Lieutenant Bonaventure Barrett I.O. Carmarthen
  • Lieutenant William Williams I.O. Monmouth
  • Ensign Charles Morgan I.O. Monmouth to Capt. Morgan
  • Ensign Hopkin Watkin I.O. Glamorgan

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

The humble petition of Grenville Wyke

Sheweth that your petitioner having byn a Captayne to the Marquess of Hartford at Sherbourne,he passed with him into Wales where he was Major to the Regiment of Colonell Danyell in which service he continued throught the warrs there.

Red Castle

Add. Mss. 18982 f.85 To Prince Rupert May it please your Highness To give me leave to present unto you the present state of the County of Montgomery,on Tuesday last the 3 of September,Sir Thomas Middleton with an armie of 1500 foote and 1000 horse,marched from Llanimonille (Llanymynech ?) to Poole,and in the morninge by 7 of the clock faced the Red Castell (wherein was my Lord Powys,Sir Thomas Dallison,Captaine Tuchett and 120 souldiers) and beseaged it,but findinge that it was resolved to hould it out against all theyre attempts,they marched to Montgomery,and have laid siege unto that Castell the same more hopefull eyther by seige or treaty they have (as it is confidently brought hither) planted theyre cannon before it but I beleave they have more hope of gaining it by treaty then by force,which if they obtayne by eyther meanes,it will facilitate the winning of the said Castell and gaine a great part of the Countrie. The same night they marched to Poole,500 horse of theyres went to Newtowne,and ther Sir Thomas Gardiner had the misfortune to be taken prisoner with some 20 men of the horse,the rest escaped to Stretton and so to Shrewsbury which they intende to joyne with Sir William Vaughan;and to make the misfortune the greater the ammunition that was sent that way to Chester was taken by the enemie.I have presently informed Sir William Balenden,Sir Michael Ernely and Sir Michael Woodhouse with this intelligence by an expresse to Shrewsbury,and have thought it fitt to let your Highness know it also;and that the whole Country is very much active since the enemie hath gained upon them,the malignancy which hath layd hid in many mens hartes is now burst forth to a manifest expression to the enemies,whose intelligence is so good from them,that nothing can escape theyre knowledge.Wee all make it a happiness to hope for your highness return. My Lord Powys the night his Highness pleaseure was signified by Sir William Balenden touching Colonell Daniells command of the Red Castell with all humility and obedience to your Highness commands yealded to your pleasure but before he could hand admittance to the same the enemy advanced which is the only reason that business be retarded.

James Palmer at Audlow(Arddlin ?) 5. September 1644.

CLENNANEAU 626 1647, 10th April Prince Rupert, at Paris, to his friend, Colonel Sir John Owen

The Prince invites Owen into the King of France’s service in which the Prince has taken ‘conditions’ to command all the English. Owen is asked to raise men for the service: he will hear from Colonel Donnell, who is about to come into Owen’s country, what the ‘conditions’ are, being much better than other princes give. If Owen resolves to send any men over, the Prince requires speedy notice thereof, that he may give them all the assistance possible; but he need not have his Commission until the men are brought over.


M2 1644, May 2

ORDER signed by Charles Kemeys, Richard Donnell and Richard Bassett that Mr Williams, gent., shall be chief surgeon to the regiment advancing to Swansea under the conduct of Col. Richard Donnell, and desiring Sir Nicholas Kemeys, governor of Cardiff, to advance him £10 towards the finding of necessaries


See Also

1) The Old Service: Royalist regimental colonels and the Civil War, 1642-6 P.R. Newman, Manchester University Press, 1993. ISBN 0-7190-3752-2