An English Civil War Re-Enactment Regiment in The Sealed Knot

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Who are we?

 

Prince Ruperts Blew Regiment of Foote is a regiment in The Sealed Knot, the UK's premier re-enactment Society.

The Regiment was formed in 1971 in the Blackheath area of South East London. Since then we have expanded and now have members throughout the UK.

We are organised in two field companies - the Lieutenant Colonel's Company and the Sergeant Major's Company. These two field companies are organised on historical lines with the correct structure of officers and sergeants. The soldiers in each company are organised into corporalships, each headed by an experienced member of the Regiment with the rank of corporal.

Every member of the Regiment is assigned to a field company, and are actively encouraged to take part in our many events and displays. We also host regular social meetings in London, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes.

History of the Regiment

The Regiment was first raised in 1642 in the county of Somerset by Sir Thomas Lunsford, and was known as Sir Thomas Lunsford's Regiment of Foote. Sir Thomas was captured at the Battle of Edgehill and imprisoned until 1644

His brother Colonel Henry Lunsford then took over command of the Regiment until his death during the Siege of Bristol in July 1643

Prince Rupert then assumed command as he had been impressed by the Regiment's fighting abilities, and appointed John Russell as Lieutenant Colonel to the Regiment. The Regiment was part of the army taken by Prince Rupert north to Lancashire where it took part in the relief of Latham House, the Stormings of Bolton and Liverpool and then marched across the Pennines with Rupert to the Relief of York. They then fought at the Battle of Marston Moor in July 1644 as part of the forlorn hope

In May 1645 they assembled at Evesham as part of the Kings Army, and were involved in the storming of Leicester, this is where Rupert's men are referred to as Bluecoats in accounts of the fighting. Two weeks later the Bluecoats formed part of the reserve at the Battle of Naseby, where the majority of the regiment were slain. The remnants eventually ended up as part of the Garrison of Bristol and were disbanded by the King after Rupert surrendered the city