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Sir Henry Bard’s Regiment of Foot

Sir Henry Bard inherited the Regiment from Colonel Thomas Pinchbeck, who had managed to get himself killed at First Newbury.

Originally raised in Northumberland, they were sent to Oxford not long after formation, to reinforce the King's Oxford Army. Not long after arriving in Oxford the Regiment was split and Lord Percy's Regiment was formed from part of the Regiment.

As Pinchbeck's they garrisoned Oxford before venturing to Newbury where Pinchbeck fell. Early in 1644 Sir Henry was commissioned as Colonel of the Regiment. Noted as wearing grey coats at the February 1644 Oxford muster by Symonds in his diary.  They carried white flags with unorthodox heraldic devices - a large cross, with a smaller cross in each quarter. Peachey and Prince tantalisingly state that they would discuss these devices in their second volume of ECW Flags..., but unfortunately they never got around to writing it.

Bard's (finally I hear both my regular readers shout) first outing as Colonel was al…

Naseby Revisited - a Visitor's Guide

As the anniversary of the Battle of Naseby approaches, I have added some extra information, and updated some other bits. In light of the Covid-19 outbreak and the absence of any formal commemorations, a gentle stroll around the battlefield is an appropriate way to remember the events of 375 years ago.

Back in the day when this blog was knee high to a grasshopper I wrote an entry about visiting Naseby, with a picture of the obelisk and a few postcodes for some of the landmarks on the battlefield. I also vowed to return. I have.

So here is a more definitive (and up to date) visitor's guide to Naseby battlefield. In my previous blog entry I suggested using a Battlefield Trail Guide from The Naseby Battlefield Project website; I found this to be pretty vague and struggled to follow it at time; so, here is my guide to the locations. There are audio clips available (NBP) which relate to the different locations (since my last visit there is now good 4G coverage over almost all the battle…

Colonel John Talbot’s Regiment of Foot

The regiment was probably formed from troops released by the Cessation in Ireland, and commanded by Colonel John, then his brother Sir Gilbert.

Symonds records the Regiment as wearing yellow coats and carrying six white flags with ‘Talbot Hound’ devices.  Sadly Symonds didn't record the 'hounds' clearly, so it is possible that they might be another heraldic animal, but a 'Talbot hound' is the most probable.

John was commissioned to raise the Regiment in 1643. The majority of the Regiment fought as part of Hopton's army at Cheriton, Cropredy Bridge, Lostwithiel, and Second Newbury. 

The Regiment went on to garrison Tiverton Castle, which too fell in 1645 (October). 

Both brothers are buried at St Michael's Church, Salwarpe, Worcester.

The Trained Bands

As I was about to post about the Tower Hamlet's Regiment of the London Trained Bands, and about to go down my usual ranty rabbit hole about coat colours I thought it better to write a general post about Trained Bands. This got out of hand a little and became the coat colours series, without even touching upon the Trained Bands. When I first started my ECW project I took at face value lots of information from what I believed to be 'trusted' sources. Which is why my original Tower Hamlet's Regiment wore red coats and carried the 'wrong' flag. They were quickly given the correct flag, but the red coat issue was slowly nagging me. They have since been rechristened John Birch's, and the Tower Hamlets LTB has been raised anew.

This post also constitutes Coat Colours Part 5

Part 1 Parliamentarian coat colours
Part 2 Royalist coat colours
Part 3 Scots coat colours
Part 4 Dragoons, Horse and the New Model Army coat colours

...and Flags Part 1b.

Flags Part 1
Flags Part 2

Lord Hopton's Regiment of Foot

We've already met Lord Hopton and his Regiment of Horse, so if you'd like to find out a little bit more about Lord Hopton, and his friendship across the lines of battle with Sir William Waller have a look at my entry for his Regiment of Horse.

Hopton's Foot were raised around Bristol in 1643. It is believed that they took place in the storm of Bristol in July of that year. Parts of the Regiment took part in the siege of Gloucester, a skirmish at Stow, First Newbury and the standoff at Farnham.

The full Regiment fought at Cheriton, Cropredy Bridge, Lostwithiel, Second Newbury and the relief of Donnington.

In 1645 it is thought that they besieged Taunton, took part in the battle of Langport, were besieged at Bristol, and possibly besieged at Lacock House. Their last actions were at Torington and Pendennis Castle.

Richard Symonds recorded the Regiment as wearing blue coats and carrying red flags with white five pointed stars as devices.

The Regiment is re-enacted by Lord Hopton…

Colonel Wardlaw's Regiment of Dragoons

Due to the continuing lockdown for the global pandemic, instead of writing more #ECWtravelogue entries, my attention has once again turn to units that appeared, briefly, at the dawn of this blog. Keeps me sane; and, judging by the surge in viewing figures (got another follower- woohoo!), I hope it is entertaining everyone stuck at home.

Today's spotlight falls upon Colonel James Wardlaw, and his Regiment of Dragoons.

James was a Scot who began his military career fighting for Gustavus Adolphus. He was sent, with several other Scots officers, to Russia where they were tasked with reforming the Russian army to  western European standards. This led to him being part of the Russian army that besieged Smolensk in 1634. He returned to Scotland in 1641 with the intention of joining the Covenanter cause, but his ship was blown off course to Newcastle. He was arrested and sent to prison in York, where he served four months in jail. Upon release he was employed by the Earl of Essex, where a…