Sergeant-Major-General Henry Tillier’s Regiment of Foot
The first of the bonus regiments of foot. Regular readers (hello all eight of you) will have spotted some halberdiers and command figures feature in the Which Figures Part 2 post and wondered what became of them...
I shall start with what we know about Tillier's, hopefully dispelling a few wargamer facts™ in the process.
Raised in Ireland from Dublin garrison detachments of Ormond’s army in 1643, they returned to England in February 1644. Don't be confused about the 'raised in Dublin' bit, these men were in the main English or Welsh.
If you would like to know more about Henry himself see here.
Noted in Symonds diary as wearing green coats.
|My inspiration for which shade of green coats to give them a SK reenactor - which easily translated to Cd'A Russian Brown|
Now the question of their regimental colours.
When in garrison at Oxford they were described thus:
And besides there is come in of late a company of Major-Generall Tylliars, they have no Ensigne flags, instead whereof every Company carrieth (upon the head of a pike) about a yard of Green Taffata.
Young postulates that Tillier's were the possible owners of the green colours captured at Marston Moor (green field, cross of St George canton, white cross devices). More recent research/hypotheses are suggestive that these may have belonged to Tyldesley's.
A green lieutenant colonel's colour captured at Naseby was illustrated by Turmile; although it is 'unidentified' it most probably belonged to one of three Regiments of Foot (Tillier's, Broughton's or Page's).
The 'yard of green taffata' carried at Oxford, suggests a green field for ensigns.
|Close up of two of the Steel Fist figures - the halberdier at the back and the officer in buff coat|
Figures are nearly all from PP, with a pair of Steel Fist halberdiers and an officer.
|...just in case you were wondering what 714 foot figures looks like...|
* Secretary of War, Richard Fanshaw, writing in 1640, describes the colours used on ensigns for ten regiments of foot that served in Ireland, but not their designs. It is believed that the Irish regiments that went on to become Apsley's, Gerard's and the Duke of York's had ensigns that followed the gyronny system. Only the full system of Apsley's is known, which follow the gyronny system; both Gerard's and the DoY's require a good helping of conjecture to give them a set of ensigns that follow the system.
And before somebody jumps down my throat: I have absolutely no problem with the use of conjecture to fill in the gaps. What does irk me is how what was once upon a time a reasonable piece of conjecture has become, over time, 'fact'.